National Dance Project Production Grant

NDP Production Grant recipient Tere O’Connor | Photo: Grant Halverson © ADF

NDP Production Grants fund the creation and development of new dance work that will tour nationally.

More about NDP Production Grants

These grants are highly competitive and are awarded to approximately 20 artist/companies annually. Grants generally range from $25,000 to $40,000.

Production grant recipients automatically receive an NDP Touring Award, which provides presenters with access to funding that supports the presentation of the new work (see NDP Presentation Grants).


  • Choreographers and companies are eligible to apply for Production Grants. Only one application per choreographer or company will be accepted.
  • Projects must have a U.S. presenter partner.
  • Preference is given to U.S.-based dance artists and companies; international artists and companies are encouraged to apply for NDP Touring Awards.
  • Work that will be developed and premiere during the 1.5 years following the application deadline is eligible, including work that is in the early stages of development at the time of application.
  • Production Grants are paid to artists and companies with nonprofit status or to nonprofit fiscal sponsors (such as presenter partners) on behalf of artists or companies. 
  • Artists receiving a Production Grant or Touring Award in any given season are not eligible to apply for another Production Grant or Touring Award until the NDP-supported tour of the funded project is complete, after which, they may again be eligible for another NDP Production Grant or Touring Award.
  • Artists who have received Production Grants for two consecutive cycles* must take two years off before applying again.
    * A Production Grant cycle includes the development year and extends through the year of touring, whenever that occurs.
  • Applicant must be able to fulfill the Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients if awarded.

Funding Criteria

Production Grants:

  • Make possible the creation of new works of genuine imagination and originality by artists with a track record of professional production and touring and recognized skill and accomplishment.
  • Ensure that the new works will tour and be performed in venues in multiple locations.
  • Offer potential to engage audiences because of the work's relevance, originality and/or timeliness, and the project's use of live and virtual strategies to connect the artists and the public.
  • Reflect a well-articulated partnership between the artist/choreographer and at least one U.S. presenter.*

* Presenter/artist partnerships are relationships in which U.S. nonprofit presenters work with dance artists to support the creation and touring of new work. In the development process, a presenter may provide a variety of resources, including, but not limited to, residency space, 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 presenting partners and artists varies from artist to artist, but NDP believes strongly in presenter/artist alliances, which can greatly benefit the development and distribution of dance.

Process & Deadlines

The Production grant selection process is divided into two rounds:

Preliminary Round:

  • Mid-January: NDP Production Grant inquiry application available.
  • March 2, 2015: NDP Production Grant inquiry application deadline.
  • May: Applicants are notified of preliminary decisions. Finalists are invited to submit in the full proposal round  and are paired with an NDP Hub Site representative who serves as the project's advisor during full proposal development.

Full Proposal Round:

  • Early May: NDP Production Grant request application available.
  • Early June, 2015: NDP Production request application deadline.
  • July: NEFA announces NDP Production Grant recipients.
  • September: NEFA publishes details of NDP Touring Awards which are automatically granted to all NDP Production Grant recipients. Learn about the Touring Award Process and Deadlines.

Grant Applications & Instructions

The 2015 preliminary application deadline is March 2, 2015.

Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients 


  • NDP Tour Plan submitted to NEFA by awarded artist or company’s tour coordinator, by the given deadline. Download Tour Plan Form.
  • Completed and submitted online Production Grantee Report (see below).
  • Copies of program and publicity materials showing required crediting.
  • Hi-res photos of the work.
  • DVD of the completed work mailed to NEFA c/o NDP. 

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Questions about the program or eligibility:
Sara C. Nash | Program Manager, National Dance Project | 617.951.0010 x512

Questions about the application process or grant forms:
Cheri Opperman | Grants Coordinator, National Dance Project | 617.951.0010 x524

Elizabeth Epsen | Program Coordinator, National Dance Project | 617.951.0010 x521

Grant Deadline

March 2, 2015