Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to groups/communities with rich and dynamic artistic and cultural contributions to share that are underserved. Challenge America features an abbreviated application, a robust structure of technical assistance, and grants for a set amount of $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.

This category may be a good entry point for organizations that are new to applying for federal funding. See Applicant Eligibility for more information.

We welcome the opportunity to connect with you. Contact us at or 202-682-5700, and see Staff Assistance for more information.


Part 1 - Submit to

April 27, 2023 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

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

Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal

May 2 – May 16, 2023 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection

October 2023

Earliest Beginning Date for Proposed Project

January 1, 2024