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Challenge America Grants Help Artists to Work with Youth

1/18/2002:   The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will award about 400 Challenge America grants, of $5,000 or $10,000 each, for arts projects that serve rural areas or underserved communities. All grants must be matched at least dollar for dollar. NEA has a simplified application and review process for Fast Track Grants. Complete information, guidelines, and applications are available at www.arts.gov/guide/Challenge02.

State, local, or tribal agencies as well as 501[c]3 organizations are eligible to apply. Groups may apply for existing or new projects that address only ONE of the two major topics and six subtopic areas:
  • Positive Alternatives for Youth (artist-led programs during nonschool hours OR job training for youth OR artist-teacher collaborations) Note: Applications for these grants must be received by February 1, 2002.
  • Community Arts Development (activities that use arts as a focus for cultural tourism
    or the development of cultural districts OR civic design issues OR community cultural plans)
    Note: Applications for these grants must be received by May 1, 2002.

Key elements in the grant review criteria are involvement of partnerships and the community. Other review criteria include:
  • the potential of the project to advance the quality and availability of the arts in the community;
  • the quality of the arts organizations, artists, and/or services the project will involve;
  • potential of the project to reach rural areas or underserved communities and make the arts central to community life;
  • the quality of the proposed interaction among the partner organizations potential impact of the project on its targeted audience and/or the community; and
  • the feasibility of the plan and the ability of the partners to carry out the project.

    For information on and examples of other NEA programs for youth, go to www.arts.endow.gov/learn/Facts/Youtharts.html or to www.arts.gov/partner/Youth.html.

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