National Theater Project Creation & Touring Grant

National Theater Project-funded Martha Redbone, Aaron Whitby/Blackfeet Productions | Photo: Kevin Yatarola

Creation & Touring Grants provide funds for creation and U.S. touring of artist-led, ensemble, devised projects. These grants are highly competitive and are awarded to approximately eight projects annually.

Eligibility 

  • The National Theater Project will consider projects submitted by U.S.-based theater ensembles and individual theater artists with identified collaborators. Only one application per ensemble or artist will be accepted per year.
  • Organizations must be able to prove nonprofit status; for individual artists, an organizational partner may serve as the fiscal agent.
  • All projects must have one committed development partner relationship.*
  • Projects which are awarded touring support must allocate the funds among tour sites within 2 years of receiving the grant.
  • Preference is given to those projects which are within 18 months of being ready to tour from the NTP award date.
  • Preference is given to those projects with at least one interested presenting partner.**
  • Returning Artists: All NTP-supported presentations are completed and it has been one year since the last NTP-supported presentation.
  • Applicant must be able to fulfill the Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients if awarded. 

Theater artists apply to receive support for both the development and U.S. touring of artist-led, ensemble, devised theater projects. Grants support the development of the project, costs and incentives needed to establish a plan for touring, and subsidies for presentation of the work. Funded projects are expected to complete an evaluation within one month of the project premiere as designated in the contract.

Awards range from $80,000 to $130,000. Part of the award is distributed directly to the artist to support creation and development. The remaining grant amount is set aside as artist-directed allocations distributed to presenters of their choice to cover part of their artist fee (Presentation Grants).

* Development partners provide a variety of resources during the development of a work including, but not limited to, residency space, audience for work-in-progress showings, administrative guidance or support, marketplace advocacy, tour planning assistance, and the leveraging of additional funds for the project. It is understood that the need and level of assistance between development partners and artists varies from artist to artist, but NTP believes strongly that partnerships greatly benefit the development and distribution of devised, ensemble theater.

** A presenting partner is the operator of a venue that offers the work to an audience, including but not limited to U.S. arts spaces, presenting organizations, producing theaters that also present touring productions, and festivals.

Funding Criteria

Creation and Touring Grants:

  • make possible the creation and development of artist-led devised and ensemble theater that displays excellence
  • create work that reflects the cultural and aesthetic diversity of today's theater and/or pushes the artists' aesthetic boundaries (NEFA values an equitable, diverse, and inclusive world, which we interpret as all people having fair access to the tools and resources they need to realize creative and community endeavors. We acknowledge structural inequities that have excluded individuals and communities from opportunity based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, age, and geography, and strive to counter those inequities in our work.
  • reflect well-articulated collaborations with presenters and producing theaters who are involved in the development and promotion of the work
  • produce a viable plan for touring performances and engagements in multiple sites
  • offer the potential to deepen engagement because of the work's relevance, originality, and/or timeliness

NTP is interested in artist-led, ensemble, devised theater projects developed using a variety of methods and types of collaborations. These could include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Ongoing ensembles of collaborating artists with a history of devising work.
  • Artists and ensembles who lead projects and engage collaborating artists on a project basis.
  • Artists and ensembles with touring experience who have innovative project proposals.
  • Artists and ensembles who have little previous touring experience, but have relationships with presenters or other theaters.
  • Artists and ensembles with local support and organizational partners who will assist in development and tour planning.

Types of projects that will not be considered:

  • Projects focused solely on children’s and family theater.
  • Projects by solo performers.
  • Projects developed by lead artists who are non-U.S. based.

Deadlines

The Creation & Touring grant selection process is divided into two rounds:

Preliminary Round

  • January 5, 2018: NTP Creation & Touring Grant inquiry application available.
  • March 12, 2018 11:59PM Eastern: NTP Creation & Touring Grant inquiry application deadline.
  • May: Applicants are notified of preliminary decisions. Finalists are invited to submit in the full proposal round and are paired with a NTP advisor who serves as the project's advisor during full proposal development.

Full Proposal Round

  • Mid May: NTP Creation & Touring Grant request application available to finalists.
  • June 11, 2018 11:59PM Eastern: NTP Creation & Touring Grant request application deadline.
  • July/August: NEFA announces NTP Creation & Touring Grant recipients.
  • September: NEFA publishes details of NTP Creation & Touring Grant recipients and projects.

full proposal process for finalists

Useful Information to know if your NTP Inquiry proposal moves to the Finalist (Full Proposal) round.

  • All eligible applicants are notified by Mid May if their project has moved forward to the Finalist round. Finalists are announced publicly on NEFA’s blog in June.
  • Finalists who do not receive a Creation & Touring Grant or the Finalist Development Grant will receive a $1,000 Finalist Award to acknowledge the time and expenses required to go through the full proposal process.
  • Finalists will be paired with a NTP advisor panelist who will help in preparing the full proposal; this assistance may include discussion of the project and new developments, reading narrative answers, budget, and work sample feedback. Advisors will present the full application at the final Proposal meeting in July. NEFA staff is also available and ready to work with you on your proposal development and answer any questions about the form or process.
  • The Full Proposal form asks for a five- minute work sample (Vimeo or Google Drive with downloadable capabilities). This can include up to three selections of at least one minute in length but should not be a promotional video. NTP staff can provide guidance on this.
  • The invited proposal is due at 11:59 PM EST on June 11, 2018, all applicants will be notified by the end of July.
  • Grantees will be required to participate in the cohort meeting, which will take place December 3-4, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN. This meeting will offer professional development and networking opportunities. 
  • NTP staff will be available during the application process to answer your questions, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET Mon-Fri.

online APPLICATION & Instructions

The 2019 Creation & Touring Grant guidelines and application will be available in early 2019.

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Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients

Requirements

Participation in the cohort meeting, which will take place December 3-4, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN, is required.​

Grant disbursement is made in three parts:

  1. Upon receipt of signed contract agreements: NEFA will issue 50% of the development funds of the Creation & Touring Grant to the artist or the artist’s fiscal agent. 
  2. Upon receipt of interim report and supplemental materials: NEFA will issue 25% of the development funds of the Creation & Touring Grant to the artist or artist’s fiscal agent. Requirements for payment:
    1. Creation & Touring Interim Report (completed and submitted online)
    2. Copies of publicity materials showing required crediting (if applicable).
    3. Hi-res photos of the work in progress (if available).
  3. Upon receipt of evaluation and supplemental materials: At the end of the development period and once the project has premiered, NEFA will issue the final 25% of the development funds of the Creation & Touring Grant. Requirements for payment:
    1. Creation & Touring Grant Evaluation (completed and submitted online).
    2. Copies of program and publicity materials showing required crediting.
    3. DVD of the completed work (if available).
    4. (Strongly Encouraged) Hi-res photos of the NTP-funded engagement.

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Contact

Quita Sullivan | Program Director, Theater
qsullivan@nefa.org | 617.951.0010 x531

Meena Malik | Program Manager, Theater
mmalik@nefa.org | 617.951.0010 x516 

Derek Schwartz | Program Associate, Theater
dschwartz@nefa.org | 617.951.0010 x537

Grant Deadline

The next Creation & Touring Preliminary deadline is March 11, 2019.