CHALLENGE AMERICA: Application Calendar

IMPORTANT: Finalize your registrations and submit early to to allow time to resolve any issues you might encounter during the submission process. No later than March 30, 2021 No later than April 13, 2021

Part 1 - Submit to

April 22, 2021 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 27 – May 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection

October 2021

Earliest Beginning Date for Proposed Project

January 1, 2022

See "How to Apply" in the left sidebar for application instructions.

An organization may submit only one application to either Grants for Arts Projects or Challenge America (see "Application Limits" for the one exception to this rule).

Late, ineligible, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

In the event of a major emergency (e.g., a hurricane or technological failure), the National Endowment for the Arts Chairman may adjust application deadlines for affected applicants. If a deadline is extended for any reason, an announcement will be posted on our website.

Do not seek information on the status of your application before the announcement date that is listed above.

If you have questions:


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