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Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program: Domestic Indemnity

Indemnity Coverage to USA Nonprofits and
Agencies to Protect Art and Artifacts on Exhibit

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities - National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Deadline Date:

06/14/21 11:59 PM ET - Grants.gov deadline; Applicant portal deadline is from 9:00 AM ET 06/16/21 to 11:59 PM ET 06/18/21.

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Indemnity coverage to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies for exhibitions being held within the United States. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to submitting an application. Participation in the program is intended for the coverage of eligible objects owned by public and private collections in the United States, while on exhibition in the United States.

The Indemnity Program was created by Congress in 1975 for the purpose of minimizing the costs of insuring international exhibitions. In 2007 Congress expanded eligibility under the Program to include coverage of works of art owned by U.S. entities while on exhibition in the United States. 

Eligible objects include works of art, artifacts or objects, rare documents, books and other printed materials, photographs, films, and electronic materials. Such objects must have educational, cultural, historical, or scientific value.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152663

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act allows coverage for a single exhibition up to $1,000,000,000.

The Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act provides for a deductible per exhibition of the first:
- $15,000 for up to $2 million in indemnified value;
- $25,000 for more than $2 million but less than $10 million in indemnified value;
- $50,000 for not less than $10 million but less than $125 million in indemnified value;
- $100,000 for not less than $125 million but less than $200 million in indemnified value;
- $200,000 for not less than $200 million but less than $300 million in indemnified value;
- $300,000 for not less than $300 million but less than $400 million in indemnified value;
- $400,000 for not less than $400 million but less than $500 million in indemnified value;
- $500,000 for $500 million or more in indemnified value.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act (P.L. 94-158) as amended (P.L. 110-161, Sec. 426) authorizes the Federal Council to make indemnity agreements with U.S. nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations and governmental units for coverage of eligible objects owned by public and private collections in the United States, while on exhibition in the United States. For an exhibition to be eligible, the total dollar value of all U.S. loans in the exhibition must exceed $75 million (the amount requested for indemnity coverage may be lower than $75 million).

If an exhibition will be shown at two or more institutions, one institution should apply on behalf of all participants. The Federal Council requires that the applicant must have previously organized one exhibition with objects borrowed from one or more public and/or private collections, and that participating venues have previously organized or hosted at least one exhibition with objects borrowed from one or more public and/or private collections.

For reasons of risk, the Federal Council is generally opposed to indemnifying oil on copper paintings, objects containing pastel, certain chalk, charcoal, lacquer, certain types of glass (including enamels), works on parchment or vellum, marquetry, frescoes, and other fragile objects. Oversized objects (exceeding ten feet in any direction) and oil on wood panel paintings will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Oil on single wood panels larger than two feet by three feet (with one dimension no greater than 24 inches) will not be indemnified.

Pre-Application Information:

There are two application deadlines per year: December 14, 2020 and June 14, 2021.

- Part 1: Submit to Grants.gov: June 14, 2021 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
- Part 2: Submit to the Applicant Portal - June 16, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time to June 18, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

"NOTE: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, it is strongly recommended that you submit your application to Grants.gov by at least June 4, 2021, ten days prior to the Part 1 deadline.

Register or Renew/Verify Registration with Grants.gov: Before submitting to Grants.gov, your organization must register or renew/verify its current registration with both Grants.gov and the System for Award Management (SAM). Failure to comply with these requirements may result in your inability to submit to Grants.gov

The Indemnity Advisory Panel and Federal Council meetings occur approximately eight weeks and twelve weeks, respectively, following each final deadline date (after image submission). An application should not be submitted more than one year and three months in advance of the start of the indemnity period. Contact the Indemnity Administrator to discuss which deadline may be most appropriate to your program.

To assist the Advisory Panel and the Federal Council with long range planning of indemnity allocations, future applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit preliminary statements about exhibitions as much as four years in advance of the indemnity period. Updated material may be submitted subsequently, as applicable. Send all material directly to the Indemnity Administrator.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicant Portal: https://applicantportal.arts.gov/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2F

For information about eligibility, the content of your application, or the Indemnity Program in general, contact:

Patricia Loiko
Indemnity Administrator
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, D.C. 20506 t
elephone: 202-682-5541; fax: 202-682-5721
email: loikop@arts.gov

Daniel Hoffman
Assistant Indemnity Administrator
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, D.C. 20506
telephone: 202-682-5070; fax: 202-682-5721
email: hoffmand@arts.gov

GRANTS.GOV Applicant Support
1-800-518-4726
support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

45.201

Funding or Pin Number:

2021FCAHDOM01; 2021FCAHDOM02

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