A hand in the foreground rolls blue paint on a cement block wall in the creation of a mural

NOMAD's Justice Studio program, a FY 2020 grantee, provides youth in two Florida juvenile detention centers with tools and guidance to express themselves through art-making. Photo by Todd Bates

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 Arts Endowment funding. See Applicant Eligibility for more information.

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