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National Endowment for the Arts: Challenge America Fast-Track Grants

Deadline: April 14, 2016

Challenge America offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

The involvement of professionally trained, experienced artists, and arts professionals is essential. Note that age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present.

Grants encourage and support the following objectives:

  • An arts event or events that will feature one or more guest artists
  • The unified promotion of community-wide arts activities and resources to enhance cultural tourism or activities in cultural districts
  • The development of professionally directed public art projects through community engagement; this project type is for visual arts projects only (such as murals, sculptures, or environmental art)

Amount: Grants of $10,000 will be made and require a $10,000 match.

Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes. Organizations must have a three-year history of programming prior to the application deadline.

Link: http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/challenge-america/grant-program-description

Note: The April 14 deadline is for submission to Grants.gov. Applicants must submit additional information to NEA-GO by April 28.

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