Deadline: April 13, 2017

Agency/Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts


The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting proposals for Challenge America due April 13, 2017. 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; those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. An organization that has received the grant for three years in a row may not apply. Institutions of higher education, independent school districts, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Grants will be awarded in the amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match. 

Eligible Areas of Focus:

  1. Guest Artist project type-Engaged specifically for the proposed project, and is not considered a resident artist, regular company member, or individual currently serving on the artistic staff of the applicant organization. Allowable guest artist event activities are broad, and may include a festival; exhibition; literary reading; musical, theatrical, or multi-media performance; media screening; broadcast; or lecture.
  2. Cultural Tourism-The unified promotion of community-wide arts activities and/or the development of cultural tourism products to enhance public engagement with arts and culture in communities and in cultural districts (including the marketing and promotion of arts and culture to populations that have been historically underserved).
  3. The development of professionally directed public art projects-intended to support primarily visual arts projects, which may be temporary or permanent, such as murals, sculptures, multi-media, or environmental art, developed through a meaningful community engagement process.


Challenge America or 202/682-5700

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