IMPORTANT: will be down for maintenance from April 20-23, 2024. The Challenge America Part 1 deadline has been moved to April 30, 2024 at 11:59 pm ET to allow applicants more time to submit. We still encourage you to submit Part 1 of your application early in order to avoid any issues. The Part 2 application window has also been shifted, the NEA Applicant Portal will be open for Challenge America applicants from May 2nd-May 16th.

Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved groups/communities. 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.

Read the “Program Description” located in the left sidebar to get started.