University of Southern California


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

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:

Materials to submit:

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:


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:

  1. 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:

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.