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Department of Education
To 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. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. All Art Works application deadlines can be found at https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-organizations/deadlines .
Challenge America Grant Program
The Challenge America Fast-Track 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. Grants are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match. Deadline for 2015 has passed; deadline for 2016 TBD.
Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. An organization may request a grant amount from $25,000 to $200,000. See https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/application-calendar for application deadlines.
Research: Art Works
The Research: Art Works category supports research projects to analyze the value and impact of the arts in the United States. Generally range from $10,000 to $30,000. Deadline: July 23, 2015.