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Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program: Domestic Indemnity

Indemnity Program for USA Nonprofits and
Agencies to Protect Art and Artifacts on Exhibit

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

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An indemnity program is available to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies holding collections on exhibit within the country. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to the application deadline. Funding is intended for the coverage of qualifying objects of cultural, educational, scientific, or historical value.

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.

The indemnity agreement is backed by the full faith and credit of the United States. In the event of loss or damage to an indemnified object, the Federal Council must certify the validity of the claim and request Congress to authorize payment.

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 152663

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

Coverage under the Indemnity Act extends only to loss or damage in excess of the deductible amounts that follow:

- $50,000 deductible for exhibitions up to $125 million in indemnified value;
- $100,000 deductible for exhibitions over $125 million up to $200 million in indemnified value;
- $200,000 deductible for exhibitions over $200 million up to $300 million in indemnified value;
- $300,000 deductible for exhibitions over $300 million up to $400 million in indemnified value;
- $400,000 deductible for exhibitions over $400 million up to $500 million in indemnified value;
- $500,000 deductible for exhibitions over $500 million in indemnified value.

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.

These guidelines are for Domestic Indemnity. Organizations interested in coverage for international exhibitions should refer to the separate guidelines for International Indemnity. Generally, applicants may submit only one application, either under the domestic or the international program, for the same exhibition.

Note: For reasons of risk, the Federal Council is generally opposed to indemnifying oil on copper paintings, objects containing pastel, chalk, charcoal, lacquer, certain types of glass (including enamels), works on parchment or vellum, marquetry, frescoes, and other fragile objects. Over-sized 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 17, 2018 for Certificates of Indemnity that will be issued as early as April 1, 2019, and
- June 17, 2019 for Certificates of Indemnity that will be issued as early as October 1, 2019.

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 (see Contact below) 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.

Submitting an application is a multi-step process:
- Part 1: Submit to The deadline is June 17, 2019 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time. To allow time to resolve any problems, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the application to by at least June 7, 2019.
-Part 2 - Submit Materials to NEA’s Applicant Portal: Materials may be submitted between June 19, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time and June 21, 2019 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Before submitting to, your organization must register or renew/verify its current registration with both and the System for Award Management (SAM).

The total dollar amount of indemnity agreements which can be in effect at any one time is $7.5 billion. This limit includes all current agreements as well as new certificates awarded through the guidelines. Workspace Overview:

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Patricia Loiko, Indemnity Administrator
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, D.C. 20506
P: 202-682-5541
F: 202-682-5721

Laura Bramble, Assistant Indemnity Administrator
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, DC 20506
P: 202-682-5035
F: 202-682-5721

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