The New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the nationwide United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was created in response to the impact of COVID-19 on our region’s arts infrastructure, offers opportunities for stabilizing New England nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and planning for the future.

About

New England Arts Resilience grants will support New England nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that provide regional and/or national leadership in supporting artists and connecting with communities through engagement with artists. The Fund prioritizes organizations, communities, populations and art forms that have historically had less access to major financial resources for sustainability. We particularly seek to support organizations that are led by and deeply engage communities of color.

Grants will assist organizations in increasing their resilience through:

  • Organization stabilization, including:
    • Staff salaries
    • fees for artists and other contracted personnel
    • facilities costs
  • Organizational planning for future sustainability
    • investing in infrastructure including technology
    • operations scenario planning 

Approximately 50 non-matching grants will be awarded in the general range of $10,000-$75,000, with the potential of a few exceptional awards of up to $100,000.

Eligibility

NEFA is working to expedite distribution of NEAR funds across the New England region. Many funding programs responding to impacts of COVID-19 received a volume of applications that far outweighed available funds and placed significant burden on applicants. In order to meet the goals of our funding partners and support NEFA’s organizational capacity to award funds swiftly, NEFA has determined that there are three ways in which organizations may be eligible for the New England Resilience Fund. 

Organizations are strongly encouraged to contact Adrienne Petrillo to confirm eligibility prior to applying.

To be eligible for New England Arts Resilience funding, applicants must be:

  • A NEFA grantee in New England from FY17-FY20 funded through NEST, Expeditions, New England Presenter Travel, National Dance Project, National Theater Project, Creative City Community Partner grant, Fund for the Arts, or special projects to support Native American artists and organizations, or
  • A Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) Workshop Presenter in 2017 or 2019, or
  • Identified by NEFA’s network of regional advisors as potentially eligible. Nominated organizations expand reach of New England Arts Resilience grants beyond NEFA’s current constituents. 

NEFA grantees and CCX workshop presenters must also meet the following to be eligible for New England Arts Resilience grants:

  • The organization’s primary mission is focused on the arts. Arts projects or initiatives of non-arts organizations are not eligible. 
  • The organization provides programming designed to regularly engage with the general public. 
  • If the organization is embedded within a larger institution, the larger institution is not the sole source of operating support.

If your organization strongly meets the criteria and priorities of this program, but you have not received a direct email from NEFA about applying, please contact Adrienne Petrillo.

In addition, applicants must meet ALL of the following:

  • Be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
  • Be based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
  • Have a DUNS number. The federal government requires that all NEFA organizational grant recipients supported by federal funds register for DUNS numbers. To sign up to receive a DUNS number, go to: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
  • 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.

Funding Criteria

Criteria for application review:

  1. Organization demonstrates a history of significant support to artists and the creation of art in New England.
  2. Commitment to meaningful and ongoing engagement with New England communities, connecting artists and communities.
  3. Organization’s stated action steps toward advancing equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility as part of internal and external practices toward creating new realities.
  4. A plan to use funds that will have a positive impact on organization’s long-term resilience through immediate stabilization from COVID-19 impact and/or planning toward the future.

Priority will be given to:

  • Organizations that are leaders in the New England creative sector through participating in regional and/or national networks, sharing knowledge and opportunities. 
  • Organizations, communities, populations and art forms that have historically had less access to major financial resources for sustainability.  We particularly seek to support organizations that are led by and deeply engage communities of color. 
  • Independent arts and cultural organizations

Process & Deadlines

Deadline 

June 30, 2020

Online applications must be submitted before midnight on the deadline date: June 30, 2020.

NEFA staff is available for assistance Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM EST.

Process & Notification

The grant period for New England Arts Resilience grants is September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021

Applications will be reviewed by partners and colleagues working in the New England creative sector.

Applicants will be notified via email in August 2020.

Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients

Grants will be issued in multiple payments as funds are expended.

The following should be submitted after the grant funds have been fully spent, but no later than September 30, 2021.

  • A completed online Grantee Report for each grant. Click "Return to your grant request" below to log-in to your portal account to find and submit your online report(s). If you need technical assistance, please email Falyn Rose Elhard (they/them/theirs).
  • Copies of letters of appreciation sent to your federal 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.
  • Copies of program and publicity materials showing acknowledgement of NEFA’s funding. Visit NEFA logo and crediting page for details. 
Funders

The New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, is an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Major funding for NEFA’s New England Arts Resilience Fund is from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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