CHALLENGE AMERICA (National Endowment for the Arts)
Slots: One slot for a ‘distinctly different project’. A parent organization that comprises separately identifiable and independent components (e.g., a university campus that has a presenting organization and a radio station) may submit an application for each such component. In addition, a parent organization also may submit one application on its own behalf for a distinctly different project. The following do not qualify as independent components: (1) Academic departments of colleges and universities; and (2) Programs and projects of organizations.
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: April 12, 2018: The SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance) is due through Grants.gov.
External Deadline: April 17-24, 2018
Award Information: Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: Not mentioned in proposal.
Anticipated Amount: $10,000
Cost Sharing: Are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match.
Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants
Materials to submit:
- Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.).
- CV – (5 pages maximum)
Link to Award:
Who May Serve as PI: If your organization applies to the Challenge America category, it may not submit another application to the Art Works category, except for a Creativity Connects project. See “Applicant Eligibility/Application Limits” for further information.
A grantee may not receive more than one National Endowment for the Arts grant for the same project during the same period of performance.
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 agent are not allowed). See opportunity link for more detail.
- Have a three-year history of arts programming prior to the application deadline.
- Have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all National Endowment for the Arts grant(s) previously received.
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. Please provide details about the underserved audience you select in your application. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.
This category encourages and supports the following objective:
- Engagement: Public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation.
This category supports focused, distinct projects that take place over limited periods of time and involve limited geographic areas. Such projects generally are smaller in scale and shorter in duration than those in the Art Works category. The involvement of experienced 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.
- Cultural Tourism, specifically the unified promotion of community-wide arts activities and/or the development of cultural tourism products to enhance public engagement with arts and culture in communities and in cultural districts.
- Public Art Projects, community-based and professionally directed. Although many kinds of arts projects take place in the public realm, for the Challenge America category, the Public Art project type is intended to support primarily visual arts projects, which may be temporary or permanent, such as murals, sculptures, multi-media, or environmental art, developed through a meaningful community engagement process. Evidence of community involvement should be apparent in the planning, design, or fabrication of the work, and should include a professional lead artist.
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