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Challenge America

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Tribes, and Agencies
for Arts Activities in Underrepresented Communities

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Deadline Date:

04/09/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants of $10,000 to USA nonprofits, agencies, and tribes to increase the availability of arts opportunities for underrepresented communities. Applicants must complete registrations and submit applications prior to the deadline. Funding is intended for projects that promote public engagement with various forms of the arts that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

The Challenge America category 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. 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.

Challenge America grants:

  • Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.
  • Are limited to the specific types of projects outlined below.

Partnerships can be valuable to the success of these projects. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as an appropriate way to engage with the identified underserved audience.

The Projects category supports focused, distinct projects that take place over limited periods of time and involve limited geographic areas. All projects must extend the reach of the arts to populations that have limited access to the arts due to geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The involvement of artists and arts professionals is essential. Each applicant must present a straightforward project that reflects only one of the three project types below. Grants are available only for:

  • Guest Artist project type, which refers to an arts event or events that will feature one or more guest artists.
  • Collaborative Marketing Campaigns, which may include unified promotion projects and/or cultural tourism projects incorporating the offerings of multiple institutions.
  • Public Art Projects, community-based and professionally directed.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178794

Estimated Size of Grant:

All grants are for $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance: January 1, 2021

Grants awarded under these guidelines generally may cover a period of performance of up to two years. The two-year period is intended to allow an applicant sufficient time to plan, execute, and close out its project, not to repeat a one-year project for a second year.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the National Endowment for the Arts.

To be eligible, the applicant organization must:
- Meet the National Endowment for the Arts’ "Legal Requirements" including nonprofit, tax-exempt status at the time of application. (All organizations must apply directly on their own behalf. Applications through a fiscal sponsor/agent are not allowed. See more information on fiscal sponsors/agents.)
- Have completed a three-year history of arts programming prior to the application deadline. For the purpose of defining eligibility, "three-year history" refers to when an organization began its programming and not when it incorporated or received nonprofit, tax-exempt status.
- Have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all National Endowment for the Arts grant(s) previously received.

An organization whose primary purpose is to channel resources (financial, human, or other) to an affiliated organization is not eligible to apply if the affiliated organization submits its own application.

The designated state and jurisdictional arts agencies (SAAs) and their regional arts organizations (RAOs) are not eligible to apply under the Challenge America guidelines. SAAs and RAOs may serve as partners in projects. However, they may not receive National Endowment for the Arts funds (except as provided through their designated grant programs), and SAA/RAO costs may not be included as part of the required cost share/match. SAAs and RAOs are eligible to apply through the Partnership Agreements guidelines.

NEA provides support for projects featuring Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian arts across all NEA disciplines.

Application Limits:
https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/challenge-america/applicant-eligibility

Under these guidelines, funding is not available for:
https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/challenge-america/we-fund-we-dont-fund

Pre-Application Information:

Application Calendar:
- Part 1 - Submit to Grants.gov: April 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM, Eastern Time
- Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal: April 14-21, 2020
- Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection: December 2020
- Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance: January 1, 2021

All applicants must have a DUNS number and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award.

Note: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, finalize your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least March 18, 2020 and submit to Grants.gov by at least March 31, 2020.

Grants cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the project. All grants require a nonfederal cost share/match of at least 1 to 1. For example, if an organization receives a $10,000 grant, the total eligible project costs must be at least $20,000 and the organization must provide at least $10,000 toward the project from nonfederal sources.

How to Prepare and Submit an Application: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/challenge-america/how-to-prepare-and-submit-an-application

Part 1 Application Instructions: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/challenge-america/part-1-submit-to-grants-gov

Online Tutorial - Using the Grant Application Form: https://www.arts.gov/video/nea-online-tutorial-using-grant-application-form-gaf

FAQs: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/challenge-america/frequently-asked-questions

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=323006

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Online Presentation: Challenge America Guidelines: https://www.arts.gov/video/fy21-challenge-america-guidelines-presentation

Online Presentaiton: For Challenge America Appplicants interested in Applying to Grants for Arts Projects: https://www.arts.gov/video/challenge-america-applicants-interested-applying-fy21-grants-arts-projects

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application portal: https://applicantportal.arts.gov/

Challenge America Specialists:
202-682-5700
challengeamerica@arts.gov

National Endowment for the Arts
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

CFDA Number:

45.024

Funding or Pin Number:

2020NEA01CA

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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