CHALLENGE AMERICA: How to Prepare and Submit an Application

These instructions provide all of the information that you need to submit an application. Submitting an application is a multi-step process. You will interact with the NEA's website,, and the NEA Applicant Portal. We urge you to read these instructions in their entirety before you begin the application process.

Challenge America Application Deadline:

Part 1 - Submit SF-424 to April 12, 2018 by 11:59, Eastern Time
Part 2 - Submit Materials to Applicant Portal April 17, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time to April 24, 2018 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Note: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, we strongly recommend that you register/renew your registration by at least March 21, 2018 and submit the SF-424 to by at least April 3, 2018.

View the Challenge America Guidelines Webinar:

  • We will conduct a live webinar on February 28, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time featuring an overview presentation followed by a Q&A session. Click here to register for the upcoming webinar and for an archive of the webinar after it is concluded.

View the Art Works Guidelines Webinar for Challenge America Applicants:

  • We’ll also hold a webinar for previous Challenge America applicants who are interested in applying to Art Works instead of Challenge America on January 24, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Click here to register for the upcoming webinar and for an archive of the webinar after it is concluded.

Part 1 – Submit the SF-424 to

View the NEA Grant Application Form (GAF) Tutorial:

Part 2 – Submit Materials to the Applicant Portal:

Ensure that your application is complete with this checklist: