NEA Challenge America Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary 

The program 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 using relevant statistics and anecdotal information. Proposals should detail the efforts made to reach the identified underserved population. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

Please see the solicitation for the specific types of project supported by this opportunity.

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.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST February 19, 2019

Sponsor Application Deadline: April 11, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (2-3 pages): Please include information about the artistic excellence of the project and the artistic merit of the project. See the solicitation for additional information about artistic excellence and merit.
  • PI CV / Biosketch
  • Budget Overview (up to 1 page): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit:


An organization that receives Challenge America grants for three years in a row is not eligible to apply to the category for the following one-year period.

If an organization applies to the Challenge America category, it may not also apply to the Art Works category.

Limited Submission Guidelines

CU Boulder may only submit one application.

Award Information

Award Amount: $10,000

Award Duration: Up to 2 years.

Required Match: This program requires a minimum $10,000 match.