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

Deadline: April 16, 2015

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 two objectives:

  1. Engagement: Engaging the public with diverse and excellent art. This includes:
    • 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
  2. Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts through design activities for new or existing cultural facilities or civic spaces.

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.

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

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