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Challenge America

National Endowment for the Arts

Funding Amount

$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.

Matching Funds

Funding Cycle

Part 1 - submit to by April 27, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Part 2 - submit to applicant portal between May 2-16, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection: October 2023
Earliest Beginning Date for Proposed Project: January 1, 2024


Seek to address potential barriers for organizations such as:
1. Groups/communities and some geographic areas with rich cultural identities that have limited grant funding opportunities, and/or have been historically underserved by national arts funding
2. Small organizations that may face barriers to accessing grant funding
3. Applicants to the NEA that may benefit from enhanced technical assistance resources

Possible projects include (but are not limited to):
1. Arts programming, including commissioning or presentation of artists or artwork
2. Marketing and promotional activities
3. Organizational planning

For more information, visit Program Description

Who Can Apply

Any of the following organizations are eligible to apply:

1. Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations
2. Units of state or local government
3. Federally recognized tribal communities or tribes

To be eligible, the applicant organization must:
Be a first-time applicant to the NEA or be a previous NEA applicant that was not recommended for funding in any of the three most recent Fiscal Years (FYs 2021, 2022, or 2023) in any of the following grant programs:

1. Grants for Arts Projects (application deadlines in February and July 2020, 2021, and 2022)
2. Research Grants in the Arts (application deadlines in October 2020, October 2021, and April 2022)
3. Our Town (application deadlines in August 2020, 2021, and 2022)

Additional Eligibility Requirements


Additional Information

For additional information or questions, contact or (202) 682-5700

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