A compliance assurance is a written agreement with a federal authority in which an institution/organization undertakes to comply with the statutes governing non-discrimination in state-supported programs. NEA`s Assurance of Compliance covers all applicants for financial assistance from the Confederation under grants or cooperation agreements granted. The electronic signature on a nea application form ensures and certifies that the applicant will comply with these statutes. As an applicant for NEA funding or a NEA Fellow, you are required to comply with all civil rights laws that govern federal financial assistance. In other words, your program or activity should not create or prevent the participation of individuals because of race, skin color, national origin, disability, age or gender. 3. .