National Dance Project Production Grant

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

NDP Production Grants provide funds for the creation and U.S. touring of new dance works. These grants are highly competitive and are awarded to approximately 18 projects annually.

More about NDP Production Grants

Production Grants provide a package of support that includes: 

  • up to $45,000 towards the creation of a new work
  • approximately $10,000 in general operating support
  • up to $35,000 reserved for touring.

Tour funding supports artist fees, including travel costs, and is allocated by the artist/company to eligible touring sites via Presentation Grants.

NDP Production Grant recipients may also be invited to apply for a Production Residencies for Dance (PRD) Grant to support a partnership with a residency organization to prepare the new work for touring.


Choreographers and/or dance companies apply to receive support for both the creation and U.S. touring of a new dance work which will be developed and premiere within approximately 1.5 years following the June application deadline. Applicants must demonstrate that they are working with a nonprofit presenter partner who is helping to support the new work's creation and/or touring in some way.

If awarded, Production Grant funds are paid directly to the artist (or fiscal sponsor) to cover expenses related to making the new work during the creation period. Production Grant recipients are expected to complete a final report within 40 days of the project's premiere as designated in the contract.

In addition to creation funding, up to $35,000 is reserved for each project's U.S. tour and Production Grant recipients have the option of selecting one of four possible NDP touring periods. The NDP touring period is the 18-month window in which the NDP project may be presented with NDP touring subsidy, paid directly to nonprofit U.S. presenting organizations through the NDP Presentation Grant process. Artists select the NDP touring period based on when their project will premiere and be ready for touring.

The four NDP touring periods available for projects that receive a 2015 Production Grant are:

  • January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
  • June 1, 2016 - November 30, 2017
  • January 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
  • June 1, 2017 - November 30, 2018

Read more about the NDP touring timelines.

NDP publishes details about each project, including contact information for tour coordinators, in its August publication


To be eligible to apply for a Production Grant, applicants must:

  • Be professional choreographers or companies. Preference is given to U.S.-based dance artists and companies; international artists and companies are encouraged to apply for NDP Touring Awards.
  • Submit or appear in only one application per choreographer or company, including applications for a work that will be created by a guest choreographer on another company.
  • Work with a U.S. presenter partner for the proposed new work.
  • Propose a new work that will be developed and premiere within approximately 1.5 years following the June application deadline. This includes work that is in the early stages of development at the time of application.
  • Have nonprofit status or a nonprofit fiscal sponsor who will act on their behalf.
  • Fulfill the Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients (see below), if awarded.

Applicants who are NOT eligible to apply are:

  • Artists currently in a creation period from an NDP Production Grant or who are currently touring with NDP support through the end of the current year.
  • Artists who have received Production Grants for two consecutive cycles*. These artists must take two years off before applying again.

    * A Production Grant cycle includes the creation period and extends through the touring period, whenever that occurs.

  • School, youth, or student companies and groups.

Funding Criteria

NDP is interested in supporting work that reflects the evolving environment for dance, including but not limited to projects that:

  • Push aesthetic boundaries and reflect the cultural and aesthetic diversity alive in dance today.
  • Nurture long-term and multi-faceted partnerships between choreographers and presenters, leading to the highest quality possible in the production values for the completed work.
  • Are interdisciplinary, enabling choreographers and dance artists to partner with creators in other artistic forms or explore hybrid art forms.
  • Enable choreographers to explore new ways of engaging audiences in all stages of a dance work’s development and presentation.
  • Involve choreographers and dance artists from a range of career stages, including those who have participated in NEFA's Regional Dance Development Initiative.

Additionally, 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 partner.

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 a full proposal 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.
  • June 8, 2015: NDP Production request application deadline.
  • July: NEFA announces NDP Production Grant recipients.
  • September: NDP Awards publication available.

Grant Applications & Instructions

Preliminary Production Grant Deadline has passed. Full proposal round deadline is June 8, 2015 for invited applicants.

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

Grant Deadline

Preliminary Production Grant Deadline has passed. Full proposals deadline is June 8, 2015 for invited applicants.