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Challenge America Grants (NEA)

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, including those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. This category encourages and supports the following objective: Engagement: engaging the public with diverse and excellent art. Applicants are asked to select the outcome that is most relevant to their project.

Challenge America Grants should:
• Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.
• Be limited to the specific types of projects outlined on the website.
• Be for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match.

Eligible applicants are US nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, units of state or local government, and federally recognized tribes. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies, school districts, and other organizations that help advance the goals of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). To ensure that Challenge America funding reaches new organizations and communities, the NEA has implemented a policy to limit consecutive-year funding.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations), Charter

Award: Grants of $10,000 are awarded.

Deadline: Applications are due April 12


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