Grants & Programs
Navigating NEFA's New Online Grants System
We are excited to announce that our transition to a new online grants system is complete! Find out more.
Native Arts New England Grant
Grants support projects that involve or benefit the community and address preservation of native arts and cultural traditions, contemporary native arts, and training and technical assistance that will support the artists’ work.
Native American artists and Native-led nonprofit organizations must:
- Be Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian.
- Reside or be based in one of the six New England states.
- Have submitted final reports for any previous NEFA Native Arts funding.
- Complete the project within one year of receiving funding.
- Be able to fulfill the grantee requirements [link to section below] if funded.
This program will not fund:
- Activities that take place exclusively in schools during class time.
- Political campaigns or lobbying.
- Fundraising events or pow wows.
- Construction or capital improvements.
- For-profit organizations.
- Major equipment purchases.
- Out of region travel or projects with major expense for travel.
This application process is competitive. Awards will be based on submission of a thorough application according to the following priorities:
- Applicant demonstrates artistic skill, accomplishment, and experience in the proposed art form, medium, or media, shown through the submitted artist statement, resume, and work samples.
- The proposed project addresses an identified need or benefit for the artist(s) and/or specific community/ies in New England.
- The project aligns with the overall purpose of NEFA's Native Arts program – to support Native American artists creating traditional and contemporary art.
- Commitment to preserving and encouraging art and artmaking in New England communities.
Process & Deadlines
- Attend a workshop or speak with staff.
- Prepare and submit an application.
- If awarded a grant, return contract from award packet.
- Plan and document project for the final report.
- Submit an evaluation one project is complete.
- If not awarded, speak with staff about ways to improve your application.
Deadlines are the first Monday in October and third Monday in March. Upcoming deadlines and project periods are:
- October 1, 2012: For project period November 1, 2012-October 31, 2013.
- March 18, 2013: For project period May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014.
How to Apply
- Contact NEFA staff or attend a Native Arts workshop.
- See the request requirements listed below and submit online.
- Project narrative describing the following:
- Your artistry or organization and accomplishments to date.
- Your proposed project in relation to the funding criteria (the need, the plan, and the lasting benefit).
- How the grant funds will be spent.
- Budget: Use the budget worksheet in the request as a guide and fill in ONLY the fields that are relevant to your project. Then explain all of your budget items in the Budget Narrative block.
- Artist statement or organization history: This is a statement about yourself as an artist - why you make the art you do, what motivates you, and your artistic goals.
- Supporting materials: The following should be included in the online request:
- Work samples: digital images of artwork related to project. Work samples may also include audio, visual, or DVD samples.
- Artist resume.
- Two current and signed letters of support for the project.
- Documentation that the applicant is Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian.
- (Optional) Other supportive materials, including press, awards, etc.
Click below to REGISTER and BEGIN your grant request. You may save and return at any time.
Click below to LOG IN and RETURN to your grant request.
Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients
All Native Arts New England grantees are required to submit an evaluation within one month from the end of their project.
Click below to log in and begin your grantee report. You may save and return at any time.
Dawn Spears (Narragansett/Choctaw) | Program Manager, Native Arts
firstname.lastname@example.org | 617.951.0010 x525
Summer Confuorto (Gros Ventre/Mi’kmaq) | Program Associate
email@example.com | 617.951.0010 x533