Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to populations 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 is an entry point for organizations seeking NEA 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 21, 2022 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

April 26 – May 3, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection

October 2022

Earliest Beginning Date for Proposed Project

January 1, 2023