Monday, February 23, 2015

National Endowment for the Arts Invites Applications for Challenge America Fast-Track

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) accepts applications for the Challenge America Fast-Track grants program, which will award fixed grants to projects designed to extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, including those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.

Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, art service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance NEA goals. All organizations must have a three-year history of programming prior to the application deadline. NEA will award fixed grants of $10,000 to support small and mid-size organizations that demonstrate projects focusing on:

  • Engagement: Engaging the public with diverse and excellent art
  • Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

A minimum $10,000 match from an outside funder is required. Applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships with other organizations, both in and outside the arts, as appropriate to their project. The application deadline is April 16, 2015. For more information and to apply, see the website.

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