NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA):

Grants for Latinx Artists and Arts Organizations


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The Grant Deadline has passed. All submissions are currently under careful review for compliance and eligibility in accordance with the published guidelines. During this time, we ask that you please refrain from contacting NALAC staff regarding the status of your grant application. We thank you for your participation.


Please note details regarding an additional opportunity for artists and organizations residing in Puerto Rico will be announced soon with a deadline in early 2018.



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Launched in 2005 by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures with major support from the Ford Foundation, the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) provides a variety of grants to assist Latino artists and arts organizations in the development, creation, presentation and sustainability of artistic excellence, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to professional and organizational growth. The NFA is open to U.S. and Puerto Rico-based Latino working artists, ensembles and Latino arts organizations in any discipline that demonstrate artistic excellence in pursuit of social justice through the arts.



$5,000   NFA Artist/Ensemble

$5,400   NFA San Antonio Artist/Ensemble

$10,000 NFA Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film

$15,000 NFA Mentorship Artist Grant



Project Grant or General Operating Support

$5,000    NFA Small Organizations

$10,000  NFA Mid to Large Organizations



Latino artists and arts organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico are often at the forefront of social change and have made significant contributions to social justice efforts. The NFA supports this work and serves as a catalyst for innovation in the arts field, providing Latino cultural producers with critical funding to assist in their creative capacity and invest in their ability to make lasting contributions to their communities and society as a whole. The NALAC Fund for the Arts aims to:


  • Empower Latino artists and arts organizations in their efforts to promote social justice and social change through the arts
  • Strengthen communities by investing in the cultural assets and human and social capital of Latinos in the U.S. and Puerto Rico
  • Support the creative expression of projects that exhibit a high level of artistic excellence and innovation
  • Provide funding support to help build the internal capacity of small to mid-sized Latino arts organizations
  • Sustain the creation and presentation of works by Latino independent artists and ensembles




The NFA is made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, Surdna Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture and the Donor Collaborative of the Adán Medrano Legacy Award.


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