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National Theater Project Creation and Touring Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofit Organizations and Theater
Ensembles to Create and Present Touring Projects

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New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)

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Deadline Date:

06/21/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and theater ensembles to produce and present touring projects throughout the country. Artists may apply with collaborating nonprofit organizations. Eligible expenses include creation, development, and artist fees. The purpose of the grant program is to support artist-led, ensemble, devised projects.

Theater artists apply to receive support for both the development and U.S. touring [virtual or in-person] of artist-led, ensemble, devised theater projects. Grants support the development of the project, costs and incentives needed to establish a plan for touring, and subsidies for presentation of the work. Funded projects are expected to complete an evaluation within one month of the project premiere as designated in the contract.

Part of the award is distributed directly to the artist to support creation and development. The remaining grant amount is set aside as artist-directed allocations distributed to presenters of their choice to cover part of their artist fee (Presentation Grants).

In addition to the ten Creation and Touring Grant recipients, three to five finalists will be awarded an NTP Artist Development Grant. These small grants offer development support between $5,000 and $10,000 to projects reviewed in the final application round who were not ultimately selected for a Creation and Touring Grant. Advisors select projects and recommend specific developmental work that would advance the project, regardless of whether it ultimately receives an NTP Creation & Touring award. Grantees have used the support for the creation of better work samples, construction of crucial set elements, dramaturgical assistance, and the creation of workshop opportunities to generate interest in the project.

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GrantWatch ID#: 194400

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards range from $80,000 to $130,000.

NTP Artist Development Grant: between $5,000 and $10,000

All finalists will receive a $1,000 Finalist Award to compensate the time and expenses required to go through the full proposal process.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


- The National Theater Project will consider projects submitted by U.S.-based theater ensembles and individual theater artists with identified collaborators. Only one application per ensemble or artist will be accepted per year.
- Organizations must be able to prove nonprofit status; for individual artists, an organizational partner may serve as the fiscal agent.
- All projects must have one committed development partner relationship.*
- Preference is given to those projects which are within two years of being ready to tour from the NTP award date.
- Preference is given to those projects with at least one interested presenting partner.**
- Returning Artists: All NTP-supported presentations are completed and it has been one year since the last NTP-supported presentation.
- Applicant must be able to fulfill the Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients if awarded.

* Development partners provide a variety of resources during the development of a work including, but not limited to, residency space, virtual platforms, audience for work-in-progress showings, administrative guidance or support, marketplace advocacy, tour planning assistance, and the leveraging of additional funds for the project. It is understood that the need and level of assistance between development partners and artists varies from artist to artist, but NTP believes strongly that partnerships greatly benefit the development and distribution of devised, ensemble theater.

** A presenting partner is the operator of a virtual platform or in-person venue that offers the work to an audience, including but not limited to U.S. arts spaces, presenting organizations, producing theaters that also present touring productions, and festivals.

Pre-Application Information:

Preliminary Round
- January 8, 2021: NTP Creation & Touring Grant preliminary application available.
- March 8, 2021 11:59PM Eastern: NTP Creation & Touring Grant preliminary application deadline.
- May: Applicants are notified of preliminary decisions. Finalists are invited to submit in the full proposal round and are paired with a NTP advisor who serves as the project's advisor during full proposal development.

Full Proposal Round
- Mid May: NTP Creation & Touring Grant request application available to finalists.
- June 21, 2021 11:59PM Eastern: NTP Creation & Touring Grant request application deadline.
- July/August: NEFA announces NTP Creation & Touring Grant recipients.
- September: NEFA publishes details of NTP Creation & Touring Grant recipients and projects.

All applicant organizations are required to provide an IRS W-9 Form (see for current version) and a DUNS (Dun & Bradstreet: Number in the application.

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