In dim blue and green light, two folks in hoodies are intertwined.

National Theater Project-supported Nia Witherspoon | courtesy of Witherspoon

Supporting a Thriving, Creative Future

NEFA invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation.

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Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines

NEFA offers grants to artists and organizations to support the creation and presentation of work. These are the grants with upcoming deadlines.

September 23, 2022
The New England Dance Fund awards grants to New England-based choreographers of all genres and backgrounds who identify an opportunity that will advance their careers in dance.
October 17, 2022
Supports public art that creatively expresses and embodies a more just version of what’s possible in public.
October 17, 2022
Strengthens collaborations to collectively imagine creative, impactful, accountable public artmaking in Massachusetts.
Rolling thru December 19, 2022
The Public Art Learning Fund aims to strengthen the field of public art in New England by providing professional development support directly to artists.
Rolling Deadline
National Dance Project Travel Fund provides monetary assistance for U.S. based presenters, curatorial staff, and residency directors or for current NDP artist grantees to connect in person to explore feasibility of presenting NDP-funded works.
Rolling Deadline
Grants provide monetary assistance for travel to promote the touring of NTP funded projects.

What's happening

Five folks perform. A Black man sings at the center with the rest of the band behind him. There's a stage behind them to the left and steps in both directions.
The National Theater Project team and Advisors are thrilled to share this year’s Creation and Touring grantees.
Five folks, in ornate and colorful costumes, pose in front of a yellow house.
On behalf of the National Dance Project Advisor Cohort, we are pleased to share the 2022 National Dance Project (NDP) Production Grantees.
In a wood-panneled home, eight Black folx sing, wearing denim while sitting on some stairs.
NEFA announces the 10 recipients of the National Theater Project Creation and Touring awards as well as the 15 recipients of Artist Development awards, totaling nearly $1.3 million in support to the field.
Six dancers hold a woman, who extends her arms, up above them.
NEFA has awarded $2,030,000 through the National Dance Project (NDP) to support the creation of 20 new dance projects that will be shared across the U.S. In addition, NDP has awarded $160,000 in Finalist Awards to 16 projects.

Fostering regional, national, and international connections


CreativeGround spotlights the creative people and places at work in New England: cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters, creative businesses like recording studios and design agencies, and artists of all disciplines such as performing arts, visual arts, and crafts.

Center Stage

Center Stage is among the most successful programs to bring contemporary international performing artists into direct contact with people across a wide range of U.S. communities, and to share these experiences globally.