NEA Challenge America

From the National Endowment for the Arts –

Challenge America

*UPDATED* Application Deadline: April 30, 2024

Grants of $10,000 for projects that extend the reach of the arts

Please Note: will be down for maintenance from April 20-23, 2024. The Challenge America Part 1 deadline has been moved to April 30, 2024 to allow applicants more time to submit. We still encourage you to submit Part 1 of your application early in order to avoid any issues.

Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved groups/communities. Read through program guidelines for the full program description, eligibility requirements, and review criteria.

As you prepare your Challenge America application, a reminder that submitting an NEA application is a multi-step process. Please follow the “How to Apply” step-by-step instructions on how to complete each part.

Helpful Resources for Applicants

The Challenge America grant category is a great entry point for organizations seeking NEA funding, with an abbreviated application and a robust structure of technical assistance. Helpful resources include:

  • Challenge America Webinar: Learn more about NEA annual funding opportunities and the Challenge America program through a webinar that was recorded and archived online.
  • Challenge America Applicant Q&A Sessions: An informal “office hours” style Q&A Zoom session, with staff available to answer questions about the FY25 Challenge America guidelines, application process, and deadlines. A series of virtual open office hours lead up to the application deadline. Register in advance for upcoming sessions on April 11th and May 13th.
  • Spanish Translation: Challenge America guidelines are available in both English and Spanish.

See more technical assistance resources in the Applicant Resources section of the guidelines.

Questions? We’re always happy to help. The Challenge America team can be reached at