New England Presenter Travel Fund

Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet in Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College | Photo: Aaron Kimball

Presenter Travel Fund enhances the performing arts in the region by supporting travel costs associated with researching artistic work that may eventually be presented in New England.

5.29.18: NEW Presenter Travel Fund Eligibility Requirements

Based on the new strategic plan goals, NEFA is developing strategies to serve the New England region that promote equity in our own grant-making and program support activity, and that advance learning related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. We have added two new eligibility requirements to this grant:

  • In NEFA's FY19 (June 2018-May 2019) the New England Presenter Travel Fund only supports applicants with an organizational budget under $1 million.
  • Only one grant per organization will be awarded for the year.

Travel grants are also available for arts presenters or curatorial staff to travel for the purpose of seeing projects currently supported through the National Theater Project and the National Dance Project.

Program Goals

  • Broaden the experience and knowledge of New England organizations that present  arts programming.
  • Increase the diversity of artists presented in the region.


  • Nonprofit organizations, schools,  federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, or units of state or local government based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) is eligible to apply for a Presenter Travel Fund grant. 
  • Organizational budget up to $1 million
  • The nonprofit organization does not need to be an arts organization. An organization that does not have a federal tax identification number (such as a national historic park) may apply as long as it is part of an official government agency (such as the National Park Service). 
  • Applicants are eligible to receive only one New England Presenter Travel Fund grant per organization in FY19. 
  • 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.

Funding Criteria

Applicants may apply for funding to help cover expenses of attending festivals, showcases, conferences, or other cultural events where they will see artistic work that they may present in their own community.

Presenter Travel Fund grants to New England-based nonprofit organizations will cover up to 50% of total expenses, including mileage, economy class transportation, meals, lodging, admission, and conference or showcase registration fees. Grants range from $500 to $700.

Presenter Travel Fund gives priority to:

  1. Travel for staff who have limited access to other sources of subsidy for researching artists.
  2. Travel plans that maximize the number of artists/works/genres seen in a single trip (for example, by attending a festival, showcase, or conference).
  3. Travel to conferences with strong showcasing components.

Presenter Travel Fund will not fund:

  1. Travel for individual artists or ensembles to present their own work
  2. More than one individual from an organization for the same trip.
  3. Grants to organizations with budgets over $1 million in FY19
  4. More than one grant per organization in FY19

Process & Deadline 


  • One calendar month or more prior to the departure date of the proposed trip: Application due.
  • Within four weeks of application receipt: Funding decisions are made.
  • One month from the end of travel: Grant report due (required to receive reimbursement).

Rolling Deadline
Applications are due no later than one calendar month prior to the departure date of the proposed trip.  

online application & Instructions

Preview the New England Presenter Travel Fund application questions.

All organizations are required to provide an IRS W-9 Form (see for current version) and a DUNS (Dun & Bradstreet) Number in the application. In FY19 all applicants must provide the most recent Form 990 of the 501(c)3 applicant organization.

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Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients 

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

  1. A completed Presenter Travel Fund Report Form for each grant, which can be found on this webpage and by clicking on the turquoise *Return to Your Grant Form* button above in “Online Application & Instructions.”
  2. Copies of all line-itemized receipts for reimbursable travel expenses and a completed Receipt Form.
  3. A short narrative which summarizes the artistic quality of the work you saw, heard, and/or experienced, and the value of this trip and the subsidy to your arts institution.

Failure to provide this material within 40 days of the trip may result in cancellation of the grant and all pending NEFA grants. If the travel dates change or the trip is cancelled, or if you anticipate a delay in submission of materials, please contact Daniela Jacobson.


The Presenter Travel Fund is supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.


Adrienne Petrillo | Program Director, New England Presenting & Touring | 617.951.0010 x527

Daniela Jacobson | Program Coordinator, Presenting & Touring | 617.951.0010 x528




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Grant Deadline

Rolling Deadline: Applications are due no later than one calendar month prior to departure date.