National Dance Project Production Grant

NDP Production Grant recipient Jess Curtis/Gravity | Photo: Sven Hagolani

NDP Production Grants provide funding to artists/companies to create new dance works and touring subsidies to the U.S. organizations who bring that work to their communities. 

More about NDP Production Grants

Cited as NDP’s “most important contribution to the field,” Production Grants provide funding to artists/companies to create a new dance work and provide touring subsidies to the organizations who bring that work to their communities. Production Grants are awarded to approximately 20 works annually through a highly competitive two-stage application process. Production Grants provide a package of support that includes: 

  • up to $45,000 towards the creation of a new work
  • approximately $10,000 in general operating support
  • up to $35,000 to support a U.S. tour of the work*

*Touring subsidies support up to 50% of artist fees, including travel costs, and are allocated by the artist/company to eligible organizations as a Presentation Grant.


Choreographers and/or dance companies apply to receive intertwined support for the creation and U.S. touring of a new dance work, which will be developed and premiere within 1-2 years from the deadline and will tour following the premiere. Applicants should demonstrate that they are working with an organizational partner who is helping to support the new work's creation and/or touring in a significant way.

Creation funds and general operating funds are paid directly to the artist or their fiscal sponsor to cover expenses related to making the new work during the creation period. Grant recipients are expected to complete a final report within 40 days of the project's premiere as designated in the contract.

In addition to creation and general operating funds, up to $35,000 is reserved for each project's U.S. tour during one of four associated NDP touring periods. The NDP touring period is the 18-month window in which a U.S. organization may receive NDP touring subsidy to present the NDP-funded work through the NDP Presentation Grant process. Artists choose one of four designated NDP touring periods based on when their work will premiere and be ready for touring.

The four NDP touring periods available for projects that receive a 2017 Production Grant are:

  • January 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
  • June 1, 2018 - November 30, 2019
  • January 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
  • June 1, 2019 - November 30, 2020

Read more about the NDP touring timelines.

NDP publishes details about each project, including contact information for tour coordinators, in its August publication


To be eligible to apply for a Production Grant, applicants must:

  • Be professional choreographers or companies. Preference is given to U.S.-based dance artists and companies, but artists and companies based outside the U.S. may apply.
  • Submit or appear in only one application per choreographer or company, including applications for a work that will be created by a guest choreographer on another company.
  • Work with a U.S. organizational partner that will support the development and/or presentation of the proposed new work.
  • Projects may be interdisciplinary and can include creators in other artistic forms.
  • Propose a new work to be developed and toured. Works may be in an early stage of development at the time of application as well as in mid or later stages of development so long as they will not premiere before September 2017. Artists and companies proposing works that will premiere after fall 2019 should apply in March 2018.
  • Have nonprofit status or a nonprofit fiscal sponsor who will act on their behalf.
  • Fulfill the Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients (see below), if awarded.

Applicants who are NOT eligible to apply are:

  • Artists currently in a creation period from an NDP Production Grant or who are currently touring with NDP support through the end of the current calendar year.
  • Artists who have received Production Grants for two consecutive cycles.*  These artists must take two years off after their NDP grant period ends before applying again.
  • School, youth, or student companies and groups.
  • Artists who are self-producing a tour.
  • Artists with an overdue grantee report to NEFA; to regain eligibility, outstanding grantee reports must be submitted online to NEFA by the deadline of March 1, 2017.

* A Production Grant cycle includes the creation period and extends through the selected touring period.

Funding Criteria

Artists and companies applying for NDP Production Grants should:

  • Create and tour new dance works of  genuine imagination and originality by artists of recognized skill and accomplishment.
  • Create work that reflects cultural and aesthetic diversity, and/or pushes the artists’ aesthetic boundaries.
  • Nurture meaningful partnerships between the artist/company and at least one U.S. organizational partner involved in the development or presentation of the work.
  • Develop a viable, appropriate strategy for touring the new work.
  • Offer the potential to deepen engagement with communities as the result of artistic practice and the content of the work.

NDP values supporting a range of artists and companies with regard to race, gender, ethnicity, geography, genre, ability, aesthetics, and career stage.

Process & Deadlines

The Production Grant selection process is divided into two rounds:

Preliminary Round:

  • Mid-January: NDP Production Grant inquiry application available.
  • March 1, 2017: NDP Production Grant inquiry application deadline.
  • May: Applicants are notified of preliminary decisions. Finalists are invited to submit a full proposal and are paired with an NDP Advisor who will guide applicants through full proposal development.

Full Proposal Round:

  • Early May: NDP Production Grant request application available.
  • June 1, 2017: NDP Production request application deadline.
  • July: NEFA announces NDP Production Grant recipients.
  • September: NDP Awards publication available.

online Applications & Instructions

The 2017 preliminary Production Grant deadline is March 1, 2017. The final deadline for finalists to submit their full proposal is June 1, 2017.

Preview the application questions here.

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Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients 


  • NDP Tour Plan submitted to NEFA by awarded artist or company’s tour coordinator, by the given deadline. Download Tour Plan Form.
  • Completed and submitted online Production Grantee Report (see below).
  • Copies of program and publicity materials showing required crediting.
  • Hi-res photos of the work.
  • DVD of the completed work mailed to NEFA c/o NDP. 

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Questions about the program or eligibility:
Sara C. Nash | Program Director, Dance | 617.951.0010 x512

Kristin Gregory | Program Coordinator, National Dance Project |617.951.0010 x521

Questions about the application process or grant forms:
Cheri Opperman | Grants Coordinator, National Dance Project | 617.951.0010 x524

Grant Deadline

The grant request deadline is June 1, 2017. This is the second round of applications, by invitation only.