CHALLENGE AMERICA: How to Prepare and Submit an Application

These application guidelines provide all of the information that you need to submit an application. Your application will consist of a combination of information that you will get from the NEA's website,, and the NEA GrantsOnline™ System (NEA-GO). We urge you to read these instructions in their entirety before you begin the application process. You also may want to keep these instructions open in a window in your computer as they contain helpful links to information that you will need as you complete your application.

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The application deadline for the Challenge America Fast-Track works as follows.

  • Step 1: May 8, 2014, no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time: Deadline of record, submit the SF-424 form (Application for Federal Domestic Assistance -- the form that asks for basic information about your organization and project) to

    Step 2: May 22 to June 5, 2014, no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time: Upload a substantial part of your application, including narrative, bios, financial information, statements of support, and work samples to NEA-GO.

    For a complete application, follow Steps 1-2 below:

    A complete application consists of:

    Step 1: Submit through (May 8 deadline):

    Step 2: Submit through NEA-GO (May 22 to June 5):

    • NEA Grant Application Form

      You will submit a substantial part of your application through the Grant Application Form, including:

      * Answers to narrative questions about your organization and project.
      * Financial information about your organization and project.
      * Bios of key individuals.

    • Items to Upload

      * Programmatic activities list
      * Statements of support
      * Special items
      * Work samples