Limited Submission Funding Opportunities - NEA Grants for Arts & Challenge America Programs FY 24

The following limited submission funding opportunities may be of interest to you or your colleagues. If you are interested in either of these programs, view the internal competition guidelines and requirements

Please note, the deadline for submissions is shortly after the university holiday closure/ during the winter break. The timeline below is estimated based on previous years' announcements - the official updated guidelines are expected in December.Funding opportunity for arts and cultural programming

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is seeking applications that support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The NEA allows only one proposal submission per institution for the Grants for Arts or Challenge America programs. Organizations may apply in just one of the following categories:

  1. Grants for Arts: These grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000 and require a 1:1 match.

  2. Challenge America: which 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. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Challenge America grants are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match.

Anticipated Calendar Based on FY 23 Timeline - Note: the official updated guidelines are still to be announced:

  1. 12 p.m. Thursday January 4, 2024: internal applications due

  2. 12 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2024: internal review completed by faculty panel

  3. 5 p.m. Friday, January 12, 2024: all applicants notified of status

  4. 15 working days before the NEA deadline for your selected program: complete proposal and all supporting materials due to the Office of Sponsored Programs

Criteria for review:

Internal competition applications will be evaluated based on the NEA’s review criteria for the selected category and discipline. See Grants for Arts Application Review and Challenge America Application Review for a complete description of these criteria.

For more information:

Please contact Katie Shoaf (

Published: Dec 12, 2023 2:26pm