On October 1, 2019, NEFA announced a series of changes to the Expeditions and New England States Touring (NEST) programs, merging the two under the NEST moniker and sunsetting the Expeditions program. Please visit the NEST Grant page to learn about tour support for artists from inside or outside of New England.

Expeditions Touring projects must include at least three New England nonprofit partners in geographically separate communities from at least two states. Expeditions Touring grants provide up to 50% of artist fees (with a maximum grant of $10,000 per tour partner).

About the Expeditions Grant Program

Visit the Expeditions Program page to learn more about program goals, the annual Idea Swap event, and more.

VISIT THE PROGRAM PAGE

Eligibility

To be eligible for Expeditions Touring Grant funding, applicants must:

  • Be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, school, federally-recognized Indian tribal government, or unit of state or local government. (Nonprofit organizations do not have to be arts organizations. Organizations that do not have a federal tax identification number may apply if part of an official government agency.)
  • Be based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
  • The federal government requires that all NEFA organizational grant recipients supported by federal funds register for DUNS (Dun & Bradstreet) numbers. If you are unsure if the applicant has a DUNS number or to sign up to receive a DUNS number, go to: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
  • Applicants must be able to provide documentation of their compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Please visit our Arts & Accessibility page for details.

Expeditions Touring applicants may act as a lead partner or tour partner in a maximum of five (5) tours. Each partner submits an individual application. Lead partners are required to answer two additional narrative questions and submit artist work samples.

Expeditions will not fund:

  • Fundraising events or activities.
  • Organizations or activities occurring outside of the six-state New England region.
  • Events designed exclusively for students in school during class time.
  • Performances that are not open to the public and advertised accordingly.
  • Performances in which the performers are primarily students.
  • Artist engagements that receive tour funding from more than one NEFA grant program.

If a project changes after funding has been awarded, the applicant must notify NEFA as soon as possible. NEFA does not guarantee funding if the project differs substantially from the original application. Requests for changes to a touring grant will be considered on a case by case basis and may change the amount of the grant award.

Funding Criteria

Projects will be assessed on the individual strength of each partner’s application and the collective strength of the tour. The funding criteria are:

  • A high level of artistic quality, exploration, and creativity.
  • Collaborative planning in key areas among project partners and artists. The featured artist(s) should be included in project planning.
  • Contextual, educational, and adjunct activities featuring the artist(s) in the project which meaningfully engage various sectors of the community. Cross-sector exchange (connecting arts and non-arts organizations) and collaboration is strongly encouraged.
  • Remove barriers to participation due to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, age, and geography.
  • A budget that reflects revenue from a variety of sources including admissions, sponsorships, private foundations, individuals and/or government agencies.

All partners are responsible for carefully reviewing the program goals and criteria. This information should be considered when developing plans for community engagements and to prepare application materials in a complete and timely manner.

Process & Timeline

Expeditions Touring projects must include at least three New England partners in geographically separate communities from at least two states. Expeditions Touring grants provide up to 50% of artist fees (with a maximum grant of $10,000 per tour partner). Artist fees may include the cost for performances, residencies and other contextual outreach activities, travel, accommodations, and per diem. 

Each of the tour partners must include public performances and additional community engagement activities.

Expeditions Touring applicants may act as a lead partner or tour partner in a maximum of five (5) tours. Each tour partner submits an individual application. Lead partners are required to answer two additional narrative questions and submit artist work samples.

  • October 30, 2019: 18th Annual Idea Swap (one-day networking conference)
  • Winter 2020 (11:59 PM EST): Application deadline 
  • Late-April: Expeditions Tour Planning and Touring grant recipients notified
  • June: Touring period begins (and continues through August 2021) for touring grant recipients. 

All partners are responsible for carefully reviewing the program goals and criteria.  This information should be considered when developing plans for community engagements and to prepare application materials in a complete and timely manner. Each partner is responsible for the following:

  • Negotiating with the artist or ensemble the terms of the engagement in its community.
  • Developing complementary activities with community partners.
  • Completing an Expeditions Touring Grant Request Form for the proposed project.

 

Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients

Requirements

Grant payments will be made upon receipt of the following which must be submitted within 40 days after the funded event:

  1. A completed Expeditions Touring Grantee Report Form for each grant.  Click "Return to your grant form" below to log-in to your portal account to find and submit your online grantee report form(s). If you need technical assistance, please email Falyn Rose Elhard (they/them/theirs).  

    RETURN TO YOUR GRANT Application
     
  2. A copy of the signed contract or letter of agreement between your organization and the artist(s) presented with the artist fee and scope of work.
  3. Copies of letters of appreciation sent to your federal and/or state legislators. This is to inform them about the purpose of this award, and the impact it will have on your organization’s activities and service to the community. 
  4. Copies of program and publicity materials showing acknowledgement of NEFA’s funding. See NEFA logo download and crediting information for details.

Failure to provide these materials within 40 days of the event may result in cancellation of the grant and all pending NEFA grants. If the performance date is changed or cancelled, or if you anticipate a delay in submission of materials, please contact Daniela Jacobson.

Reductions in Artist Fees

Expeditions grant amounts are determined based on the proposed artistic fee; therefore, reductions in artist fees may result in the reduction or cancellation of your grant. Grant recipients must notify NEFA of any changes in fees paid to the artist(s) as soon as possible in advance of the event.