National Endowment for the Arts
Application deadline: 4/22/2021

Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to populations that are underserved. Challenge America features an abbreviated application, a robust structure of technical assistance, and grants for a set amount of $10,000. Grants require a cost share/match of $10,000 consisting of cash and/or in-kind contributions. Total project costs must be at least $20,000 or greater. This category is an entry point for organizations seeking Arts Endowment funding. See Applicant Eligibility for more information.

Challenge America guidelines include important new details on eligibility requirements, as well as the program description, project types, and what is meant by “underserved”. A live webinar with tips and Q&A will be held on March 10 at 3pm ET. Please register in advance to attend.

The NEA welcomes the opportunity to speak with you about Challenge America. Please contact challengeamerica@arts.gov or 202-682-5700, and see Staff Assistance for more information.