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Expeditions Touring Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies in the New
England Area to Collaboratively Present Artists on Tour

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)

Deadline Date:

02/20/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofits, schools, and government agencies in the New England area to present high-quality artists on tours. Eligible touring projects exhibit strong collaboration between nonprofits, artists, and presenters, and bring the arts to local communities in creative ways. Funding is intended for projects that include at least three New England nonprofit partners in geographically separate communities from at least two states.

Program Goals:
- Build cultural vitality in New England by supporting the planning and implementation of arts projects that engage audiences and communities across New England through public presentation of artists from New England, the United States, and the world.
- Encourage projects that provide meaningful interaction between artists and communities, extending beyond the stage.
- Stimulate opportunities for collaboration and partnerships among New England cultural organizations and with artists.
- Remove barriers to participation due to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, age, and geography.

Projects will be assessed on the individual strength of each partner’s application and the collective strength of the tour. The funding criteria are:
- A high level of artistic quality, exploration, and creativity.
- Collaborative planning in key areas among project partners and artists. The featured artist(s) should be included in project planning.
- Contextual, educational, and adjunct activities featuring the artist(s) in the project which meaningfully engage various sectors of the community. Cross-sector exchange (connecting arts and non-arts organizations) and collaboration is strongly encouraged.
- Increase access to the arts in communities by removing barriers to participation due to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, nationality, geography, language, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, mental and physical status, or age.
- A budget that reflects revenue from a variety of sources including admissions, sponsorships, private foundations, individuals and/or government agencies.

Artist fees may include the cost for performances, residencies and other contextual outreach activities, travel, accommodations, and per diem. Each of the tour partners must include public performances, and additional community engagement activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168831

Estimated Size of Grant:

Expeditions Touring grants provide up to 50% of artist fees (with a maximum grant of $10,000 per tour partner).

Term of Contract:

Touring period begins in June (and continues through August 2020) for touring grant recipients. Expeditions Touring projects must occur within the June 1-August 31 time frame following award notification.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for Expeditions Touring Grant funding, applicants must:
- Be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, school, federally-recognized Indian tribal government, or unit of state or local government. (Nonprofit organizations do not have to be arts organizations. Organizations that do not have a federal tax identification number may apply if part of an official government agency.)
- Be based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
- The federal government now requires that all NEFA organizational grant recipients supported by federal funds register for DUNS (Dun & Bradstreet) numbers. If you are unsure if the applicant has a DUNS number or to sign up to receive a DUNS number, go to:
- Applicants must be able to provide, if requested, documentation of their compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Please visit our Arts & Accessibility page for details.
- Expeditions Touring applicants may act as a lead partner or tour partner in a maximum of five (5) tours. Each partner submits an individual application. Lead partners are required to answer two additional narrative questions and submit artist work samples.

Expeditions will not fund:
- Fundraising events or activities.
- Organizations or activities occurring outside of the six-state New England region.
- Events designed exclusively for students in school during class time.
- Performances that are not open to the public and advertised accordingly.
- Performances in which the performers are primarily students.

If a project changes after funding has been awarded, the applicant must notify NEFA as soon as possible. NEFA does not guarantee funding if the project differs substantially from the original application. Requests for changes to a tour or tour planning grant will be considered on a case by case basis and may change the amount of the grant award.

Pre-Application Information:

October 30, 2018: Idea Swap (annual, one-day networking conference)
February 20, 2019: Application deadline
Late-April: Expeditions Tour Planning and Touring grant recipients notified
June: Touring period begins (and continues through August 2020) for touring grant recipients. Expeditions Touring projects must occur within the June 1-August 31 time frame following award notification.

All partners are responsible for carefully reviewing the program goals and criteria. This information should be considered when developing plans for community engagements and to prepare application materials in a complete and timely manner. Each partner is responsible for the following:
- Negotiating with the artist or ensemble the terms of the engagement in its community.
- Creating and/or sharing contextualization materials with other partners.
- Developing complementary activities with community partners.
- Completing an Expeditions Touring Grant Request Form for the proposed project.

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Contact Information:

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Daniela Jacobson Plotkin, Program Coordinator, New England Presenting & Touring
617.951.0010 x 528

Adrienne Petrillo, Program Director, New England Presenting & Touring
617.951.0010 x 527

145 Tremont Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
T 617.951.0010
F 617.951.0016

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USA: Connecticut;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   Rhode Island;   Vermont