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. 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 two objectives:
Engagement: Engaging the public with diverse and excellent art.
Challenge America grants:
Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.
Are limited to the specific types of projects outlined below.
Are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match.
For this category, exceptions to the one-application rule are made only for parent organizations that have separately identifiable and independent components; this includes city or county governments.
If an organization applies to the Challenge America category, it may not submit another application to the Art Works category except for a Creativity Connects project. Important Note About Matching Requirements: All grants require a non-federal match of at least 1:1. Please contact your chair or director and dean to confirm institutional support for your project and then contact your school development office to discuss the feasibility of raising matching funds before submitting an internal proposal.
CHALLENGE AMERICA / LIMITED SUBMISSIONS
OSP DEADLINE: February 24, 2016