CHALLENGE AMERICA: Applicant Resources

Challenge America Guidelines Webinar (3.1.23)

Applicant Q&A
Register for informal virtual sessions with office staff to answer questions about submitting a competitive application. All times are Eastern Time.

Sessions: March 10 | April 12 | May 11

Our First-Time Applicant Guide for Organizations covers the basics of registration and provides some links to helpful resources for new applicants.

The Challenge America Applicant Tips were created by staff to provide additional guidance related to common questions, issues, and reviewer feedback.

An outline of the application steps and questions can be found in the Application Checklist.

Common Application Mistakes covers common mistakes to avoid when submitting your application.

The Online Tutorial: Using the Grant Application Form (GAF) provides a step by step visual guide to entering information into the applicant portal.

You can find summaries of all of our recently funded grants, including a searchable database going back to 1998.

If your project includes program evaluation and/or research activities that involve directly collecting information from program participants, the NEA may conduct a review of your project to ensure that it complies with our general guidance regarding the responsible conduct of research. Review our Responsible Conduct of Program Evaluation and Research to learn more.
Federal Civil Rights and Your Grants Application
In this webinar you can learn about federal Civil Rights compliance requirements when applying for a NEA grant and find guidance on how to accurately communicate your project description and plan.

Projects funded by the NEA must be accessible to people with disabilities. 

The Accessibility Requirements for Applicants and Grantees webinar gives a detailed overview, and provides information about the application Assurance of Compliance, post-award accessibility questionnaire, and 504 Self Evaluation requirements. It also provides tips for ensuring access to your programs and facilities.

The Accessibility Checklist is a user-friendly tool to assist you in making your organization and project inclusive and available to everyone. The checklist includes links to a wide variety of Accessibility resources.

The Accessibility Questions for Recommended Applicants form is required for all recommended grantees. You may preview the form to see what kinds of information we will request if you are recommended for a grant.

National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
Projects supported by the NEA may be subject to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), which is legislation intended to protect historic and archeological sites. You can learn about what kinds of projects may need additional review to ensure compliance with NHPA regulations, as well as how our internal review process works in this webinar.

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