Native Arts FAQ
- I am a first-time applicant and have reviewed all of the information on your website. Do I need to take any steps before submitting an application?
Yes! We are glad you reviewed our website, and, especially as a first-time applicant, we highly recommend speaking to the Program Coordinator before applying. Staff are available to discuss project ideas and to confirm you have all of the pieces needed to submit a complete application package.
- I am interested in applying for a language project. Is this allowed?
The language project must include an art component.
- I am really confused about the application. Do you hold workshops for new applicants?
Yes! We hold workshops in a variety of regions prior to a grant deadline. Or you can also contact the Program Coordinator in order to set up an informational session in your area (must have at least five attendees). Or, contact the Program Coordinator to discuss your project idea over the phone.
- Is the grant application the only thing needed to apply?
The application must be submitted along with a list of supplemental items to aid our panelists in understanding your work as an artist. Click here for specifics: http://www.nefa.org/grants_services/grant_instructions_forms_3.
- I am not from New England, can I apply?
You may apply to the National Native Artist Exchange program. The Native Arts New England program is specifically for New England residents.
- I live in New England but I am not from a New England associated tribe. Can I still apply to the Native Arts at NEFA grant program?
Yes, as long as you are a permanent resident of New England.
- I’m ready to apply. How do I submit an application?
There are two choices:
a) apply via NEFA’s online granting system (accessible through nefa.org)
b) fill out, print, and mail a paper application (accessible here: http://www.nefa.org/grants_services/grant_instructions_forms_3)
- Who reviews my application?
We coordinate an anonymous, primarily Native American panel of artists and arts professionals who are familiar with the variety of Native art mediums that are represented in the application round.
- I understand Native artists can apply, but what about Native organizations?
Native organizations can apply as well, but must provide tribal documentation of staff and board.
- Is the due date a “received by” date or “postmark” date?
The due date is a postmark date.
- When do I hear about the results?
30 to 45 days after the deadline, a panel meets to discuss the applications. The results are then processed and shared with applicants about a week after the panel. Although we try to stick to this timeline, it is best to call to find out specific dates.
- I was previously awarded and still in the process of completing that project. Can I apply for a grant in the next round?
You must complete your original grant before applying again. Please complete a final report form and return to us.
- What happens if I can’t finish my project?
You must return the grant funds you did not use.
- I worked out a budget, but even your maximum grant award will not cover my expenses. What is the point in applying?
We realize that our grant award may not completely cover your project expenses. We encourage our artists to try to find other means of funding in order to help them complete their project. Please contact Native Arts staff to discuss alternatives, such as simplifying your project or splitting your project into two stages.