Several RAOs offer programs that are national in scope, with access for eligible applicants and participants from anywhere in the country.

Arts Midwest

NEA Big Read is a collaborative program with the National Endowment for the Arts. Annually, the program supports approximately 75 community-wide reading programs, each designed around an NEA Big Read book.

Shakespeare In American Communities is a theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts produced in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Through grants to theater companies and nonprofit organizations, the program supports performances and educational activities in middle schools, high schools, and juvenile justice facilities across the country.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

ExhibitsUSA (EUSA) is Mid-America’s flagship exhibition program. Mid-America’s highly skilled staff develops museum-quality exhibitions that encompass thoughtful topics in fine art, craft, folk art, architecture, design, fashion, and popular culture, in partnership with large and small museums, university galleries, private collectors, independent curators, artists, and government agencies throughout the world. 

The Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA). This grant program aims to improve the health, well being, and quality of life for military-connected populations through matching grants of $10,000 to $50,000 for emerging and advanced arts engagement projects.

Mid-Atlantic Arts

Performing Arts Global Exchange is an annually curated roster of exemplary international performing artists selected to tour to communities across the United States. Performing Arts Global Exchange provides fee support directly to nonprofit presenters programming artists from the curated roster. Funded presenters must include both public performance and community engagement in achieving the program’s goals of cultural exchange and understanding.  

USArtists International contributes to the creative development of American artists by providing grants to American dance, music and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets anywhere in the world outside of the United States and its territories.

New England Foundation for the Arts

The National Dance Project supports the creation and touring of new dance works and connects artists, cultural organizations, and audiences across the nation.

The National Theater Project promotes the development of artist-led, ensemble, and devised theater work while extending the reach and life of these projects through touring.

Center Stage brings contemporary international performing artists into direct contact with people across a wide range of U.S. communities. A public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Center Stage is administered by NEFA, with general management by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.

NEFA’s New England States Touring (NEST) program funds the presentation of regional, national and international artists presented by New England-based nonprofit organizations.

Public Art: By investing in artists and a community of practice, NEFA’s Public Art program is contributing to the evolving field of public art and inspiring more vibrant public spaces and public life throughout the region

South Arts

ArtsReady is a web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts and cultural organizations with customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability.


CaFÉ™ (Call for Entry) is the leading online application and adjudication management system used by nearly 160,000 artists and over 500 public art programs, galleries, museums, and educational institutions to manage public art commissions, exhibitions, fellowships, and visual art competitions.

Creative Vitality™ Suite (CVSuite™) is a research-based economic development tool that provides high-quality creative economy data and reporting. The tool contains information on nearly 80 creative industries and 60 creative occupations.

GO Smart™ is an easy-to-use, time saving, and affordable online grants management system designed for arts administrators by arts administrators, with all the tools you need to streamline your grantmaking. From the intent to apply process, creating the application, and panel reviews to awards and final reports, GO Smart™ will significantly simplify the way you manage your grants.

Public Art Archive™ is a free, searchable online and mobile accessible catalog of completed public artworks in the United States that makes public art and its processes more accessible. Locate public art pieces, create custom walking tours, and access images and data via the free mobile site. 

ZAPP® is the premiere online application and adjudication management system used by more than 700 art fairs and festivals and more than 70,000 artists nationwide. ZAPP provides event staff with a convenient and easy-to-manage platform for collecting, reviewing, and jurying applications and allows artists to easily apply online to multiple art shows using high-quality digital images of their artwork that are stored in an online profile.

Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) Program

Started in 2010, WESTAF’s Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) program has promoted diverse, representative leadership and equity in the arts by: building a cohort of cultural leaders of color committed to the advancement of the arts; engaging a diverse group of emerging leaders in coursework and activities designed to strengthen competencies and prepare participants for leadership positions in the field; providing opportunities for promising arts professionals to establish networks that support their careers; advocating for the cultural interests of the communities they represent and serve; and deepening participants’ understanding of the arts and how public support sustains the vibrancy of the sector