National Endowment for the Arts Announces Challenge America Fast-Track Grants
March 2, 2007
Washington, D.C. -- The National Endowment for the Arts announces grant awards totaling $1,360,000 through the Challenge America Reaching Every Community Fast-track grant program. Bringing the arts to all Americans is a significant part of the NEA's mission and this program is integral to that effort. One hundred thirty-six grants of $10,000 each will be given to primarily 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.
Many projects emphasize the potential of the arts to help strengthen communities through cultural tourism, neighborhood enhancements, festivals, cultural plan feasibility studies, and design competitions. In addition, projects often feature partnerships between arts organizations and other cultural, educational, or civic organizations.
Finally, this program has an expedited application review so that applicants are notified whether they have been recommended for a grant approximately six months after they apply, as opposed to the regular nine-month review process.
National Endowment for the Arts Deputy Chairman for Grants and Awards Tony Chauveaux said, "Providing broad access to the arts is key to the NEA's work. This program provides opportunities for people in communities as diverse as Aliceville, Alabama and San Francisco, California to participate in arts events."
Some of this year's Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast-track projects are:
Great Falls Symphony Association, Inc.
Appalachian Heritage Alliance, Inc.
Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation
Please see the complete listing of Challenge America Fast-Track Grants.
For more information, contact the NEA Office of Communication at 202-682-5570 or visit www.arts.gov.
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