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, Grants.gov, 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 to Grants.gov April 11, 2019
Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal April 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time to April 23, 2019 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 Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least March 20, 2019 and submit to Grants.gov by at least April 2, 2019.

View the Challenge America Guidelines Webinar:

  • We will conduct a live webinar on February 27, 2019, 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 10, 2019, 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 to Grants.gov:

Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens

View the NEA Grant Application Form (GAF) Tutorial:

Part 2 – Submit to the Applicant Portal:

Ensure that your application is complete with this checklist: