FY24 Appropriations Update:

On Saturday, Congress passed the final bipartisan package of remaining and long overdue FY24 appropriations bills (covering 10/1/23 to 9/30/24). This minibus prevented a partial government shutdown.

Arts Action Fund writes:

Considering the contentious political climate on Capitol Hill, there is considerable good news with key arts-related agency and program budgets remaining unharmed at level-funding; the removal of such conservative House Freedom Caucus policy riders as eliminating funding for the arts and embassies program within the State Department; and the inclusion of first-time new funding being added for community (arts) engagement programs within the Department of Defense. Text of this final 6-bill minibus can be found at: bit.ly/Final6Minibus24

 

Original post: March 5, 2024

After three extended Continuing Resolutions (CRs) to keep the federal government from closing, the House and Senate are finally on track to complete the first six of the FY’24 Appropriations bills by March 8th. This includes funding for the Interior, which includes funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

NEA and NEH Funding: $207 million each

The final conferenced funding level for the NEA and NEH is $207 million each. After defeating two House floor amendments in November that would have eliminated all funding for both the NEA and NEH, the House had passed its Interior Appropriations bill with $186.3 million for each agency; while the Senate had passed its version with $207 million for both agencies, which is level funding from previous year.

Creative Arts Therapies and Community Arts Engagement at Department Veterans Affairs Administration: $5 million and $5 million in partnerships

The conferenced FY’24 bill includes $5 million for Creative Arts Therapies and another $5 million in partnerships. Conference report language specifically mentioned, “The Committees continue to acknowledge the effective use of creative arts therapies and arts and humanities partnerships in treating veterans with traumatic brain injuries and psychological health conditions and provide up to $5,000,000 to do so.”

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