Foundation / Corporation
New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)
Grants ranging from $400 to $4,000 to Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies to present performing artists from outside of the organization's state. Artists’ fees may include costs for creation of new work, travel, and per diem.
Grant amounts are based on:
-The artist’s fee.
-How well the project meets the funding criteria below (applicants who receive the highest scores receive the maximum amount, which is 50% of the artist’s fee).
The amount of funding awarded is based on the extent to which the project meets the criteria below.
-Contextual, educational, and adjunct activities featuring the artist(s) in the project (e.g., workshops, lecture-demonstrations) which meaningfully engage various sectors of the community. Cross-sector exchanges (connecting arts and non-arts organizations) and collaboration are 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.
-Well-planned promotion and marketing, including linkages that extend and deepen the reach of the project.
-A budget that reflects revenue from a variety of sources including admissions*, sponsorships, private foundations, individuals, and/or government agencies.
NEFA strongly encourages charging admission to performances and events for the following reasons:
-Admissions are a vital source of income to help pay artist fees and other event expenses.
-Admissions remind audiences that the work of artists has distinct value and that the professionals involved must make a living from their endeavors in order to continue.
-Admissions purchased through advance ticket sales help ensure attendance.
-Admission purchases provide patron information that can aid in marketing, fundraising, and audience development.
GrantWatch ID#: 178978
Grants are available in amounts of up to 50% of the artists' fees, and typically range from $400 to $4,000. Requests below $400 will not be accepted.
Projects may begin on or after July 1, 2018 (April 2 deadline); on or after November 1, 2018 (August 1 deadline); or, on or after March 1, 2019 (December 3 deadline).
To be eligible for NEST 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 numbers. If you are unsure if the applicant has a DUNS number or to sign up to receive a DUNS number, go to: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.
-Applicants must be able to provide 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.
A presenter may apply for an artist within their state if all of the following requirements are met:
-They have booked the artist as part of a New England tour with at least two other presenters.
-At least two other presenters on the tour are from outside of the artist’s home state.
-All presenters are applying to the same NEST deadline.
NEST will not fund:
-Activities and programs which take place exclusively in schools during class time.
-Events that are not open to the public and advertised accordingly.
-Events outside of the six New England states.
-Performances in which the performers are primarily students.
CreativeGround houses the directory of all artists (NEST artists) who may be chosen by NEST applicants for funding. To find NEST-eligible artists go to:
If a presenter is interested in applying for an artist who is not currently NEST-eligible then the artist(s) should follow the instructions under the NEST Artist Requirements. All artists who wish to qualify for NEST funding must maintain an artist profile on CreativeGround.
Online applications must be submitted before midnight on the deadline date. Applications must be submitted a minimum of three months in advance of the proposed project. A finite amount of funds is allocated each year; organizations are encouraged to submit applications early within NEFA's fiscal year (June 1 through May 31).
There will be three NEST application deadlines in NEFA’s FY2018.
-April 2, 2018 for projects beginning on or after July 1, 2018
-August 1, 2018 for projects beginning on or after November 1, 2018
-December 3, 2018 for projects beginning on or after March 1, 2019
Preview the application questions:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Adrienne Petrillo, Program Director
Daniela Jacobson Plotkin, Program Coordinator
New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)
145 Tremont Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
USA: Connecticut; Maine; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; Rhode Island; Vermont