(CLOSED) NEA Challenge America

Sponsor Name: 
Description of the Award: 

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. The program is rooted in principles that include, but are not limited to, our recognition that:

  • Some populations and some geographic areas have limited grant funding opportunities, and/or have been historically underserved by national arts funding;
  • Some small organizations may face barriers to accessing grant funding; and
  • Some applicants to the Arts Endowment may benefit from enhanced technical assistance resources.

Challenge America seeks to address these potential barriers for organizations seeking funding. The program features an abbreviated application, a standardized $10,000 grant amount, and a robust structure of technical assistance to facilitate entry to Arts Endowment funding opportunities.

Institutional limit:

A campus or independent unit may submit one proposal to the Challenge America program if they have not received Grants for Arts Projects, Research Grants in the Arts, or Our Town in the last three fiscal years (FYs 2019, 2020, or 2021)

Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Apr 22, 2021
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Submit your notification in the InfoReady completition linked below to provide your contact information no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline.

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
Penn State OVPR NOI Deadline: 
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 4:00pm
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
No Applicants