NEA Invites 'Challenge America' Art Grant Applications

For many communities, the public library is the immediate area’s only cultural institution of note. It is hardly surprising, then, that staff and Friends at libraries often do their best to extend their range of services beyond the obvious, to arts appreciation and education opportunities.

'Challenge America' GrantIf this is a priority of yours – regardless of your library’s or community’s size – the National Endowment for the Arts encourages you to explore its Challenge America grant. Challenge America’s broad raison d'etre is to engage underserved elements of the public "with diverse and excellent art.” In this context, ‘underserved’ is very board; it encompasses any group whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

Projects underwritten include but are not limited to art festivals, special exhibits, readings and recitals, broadcasts and live performances, and other activities highlighting the work of a guest artist. Campaigns to increase art appreciation and awareness in your area more generally will also be considered.

Libraries and 501(c)3 Friends of the Library organizations may apply. However, note that the Challenge America grant amount is fixed at $10,000. If you do not think that your project or initiative could responsibly deploy this budget, please do not apply. Note also that all grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1:1. Click here to learn more, and to apply. Preliminary applications are due this month, so don’t delay!