Biden Administration Proposes Substantial Budget Increase to the NEA

  • June 07, 2021

The Biden Administration submitted its first detailed budget proposal to Congress for FY 2022. There are several proposed increases to the nation’s federal arts and culture grantmaking agencies, including raising the annual budget of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to $201 million. President Biden's proposed FY 2022 budget increase would bring the NEA to its highest funding level in the agency's 56-year history! (See NEA press release.)

   White House Proposed Budget Chart

Next Steps

The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate will proceed with their annual appropriations process to reach a funding level that they believe these federal cultural agencies should receive. At last month’s National Arts Action Summit organized by Americans for the Arts, arts advocates asked Congress for a “substantial increase” for the NEA (See 2021 Congressional Arts Handbook.) In the coming weeks, we will be asking you, our network of grassroots arts advocates, to send timely e-messages to urge your Congressional delegation to match this substantial increase proposed by President Biden. 


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