NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA)

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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 provides a variety of grants to assist US-based 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 a national grant program open to US-based Latino working artists, ensembles and Latino arts organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence in pursuit of social justice through the arts. To date, the NFA has awarded over one million dollars to a diverse range of artists and organizations representing every discipline and region of the country. Applying to the NFA is a benefit of NALAC Membership.


The 2015 NFA Grant Application Cycle is now closed.

Phase One Notifications have been sent in the mail.

Phase Two Deadline is Thursday, November 5, 2015. Guidelines, Budget Form, and Work Sample List can be found on the right-hand menu. (Updated: 10/21/15)


New changes to the application format are being introduced in 2015 to make the process simpler,faster and meet the needs of the Latino arts and culture artists and organizations. 

Phase 1 Application: Under the new 2015 approach, all applicants will complete a simplified online Profile, Project Overview and Statement of Intent by the deadline of Thursday, February 19, 2015. No additional materials will need to be uploaded as a part of this initial Phase 1.

Phase 1 Review: All applications submitted by the February 19 deadline will be evaluated by a diverse peer review panel of experts who will be tasked with vetting the most competitive, highest quality submissions.

Phase 2 Finalists: Applicants receiving the highest scores and commendations in Phase 1 will be invited to submit a more comprehensive grant proposal packet in order to enter into Phase 2 of the review process.  Only finalists who enter Phase 2 will be required to complete a more comprehensive application packet.


The 2015 deadline is passed. The grant deadline for 2016 will be posted early next year.


New 2015 guidelines and online form are available on the MENU on the right.

Phase 1 Online Profile, Project Overview and Statement of Intent.

Phase 2 By Invitation Only. Top ranking applicants from Phase 1, will be invited to submit a complete Grant Proposal.


Reviewew the Guidelines to determine eligibility. Organizations with questions concerning their Mission may submit the NFA Grant Eligibility Worksheet in the MENU prior to applying.


The NFA FAQ document in the MENU is updated regularly.


Notifications will be mailed during the summer 2015.


Projects may take place between September 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.



NFA Grants for Latino Artists and Ensembles support the work of individual artists and ensembles in all disciplines. Open to Latino artists and ensembles in the United States.
The NFA offers three grant categories for artists and ensembles: Project Grant, Master Artist Grant and the San Antonio Artist Project Grant. The San Antonio Artist Grant is a new category supported by the City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development and is only open to residents of San Antonio, Texas.


The NFA Artist/Ensemble Project Grant supports artists whose work demonstrates excellence and the potential for impacting the Latino arts field. This grant is designed to recognize excellence in an artist's body of work and nurture the creative and professional development of the artist.Grant funds may be used to support creation, development and/or presentation of work; equipment purchases necessary for artistic production; research and travel; professional or career development; living and studio expenses; technical support, studio assistance or collaborations; documentation, production expenses and maintenance. 


The NFA Master Artist Grant recognizes established Latino artists for their cultural contributions and significance in their communities and also provides support that enables the Master Artist to serve as a mentor to another artist in their professional and artistic development. The Master Artist Grant will be awarded to support an exemplary mentor-mentee project that enables knowledge and skill transfer between a Master artist and a mentee artist.


The San Antonio Artist Project Grant is a new category supported by the City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development. It is only open to San Antonio professional artists to support expenses related to the creation of new works and said work must be publicly displayed/performed in the city of San Antonio. Internet public presentations are acceptable. Applicants to the San Antonio Artist Project Grant must have permanent residence (minimum of six months) within the city limits of San Antonio, Texas. This new opportunity does not preclude San Antonio artists from applying under another category but they can only apply under one.

NFA Artist/Ensemble Awards
Project Grant: $5,000
Master Artist Grant: $15,000
San Antonio Artist Project Grant: $5,400


NFA Grants for Latino Arts Organizations support the work of arts organizations whose primary mission is focused on Latino arts and culture in any arts discipline. The NFA offers two grant categories for organizations: Project Grant and General Operating Support. Open to Latino arts organizations in the United States.

The NFA Organization Project Grant assists organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts programming. Project Grant funds may be used to support the creation, development and/or presentation of artistic work/festival; equipment and material purchases necessary for artistic production; research and travel; marketing, production and documenting expenses.


The NFA General Operating Support Grant (GOS) assists arts organizations with expenses that strengthen the organization's infrastructure and ability to fulfill their mission. General Operating Support Grant funds may be used to support, though not limited to: capacity-building initiatives; strategic planning; investment in technical capacity and staff development.

NFA Organization Awards
Small Organizations with operating budgets under $249,999:  $5,000
Mid to Large Organizations with operating budgets above $250,000:  $10,000

Latino artists and arts organizations 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:


  • Sustain the creation and presentation of works by Latino independent artists and ensembles;
  • 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.;
  • Support the creative expression of projects that exhibit a high level of artistic excellence and  innovation; and,
  • Provide funding support to help build the internal capacity of small to mid-sized Latino arts organizations.  


The NALAC Fund for the Arts(NFA) is made possible thanks to generous support from our funders, sponsors and partners. Thank you NALAC Members, Funders, Donors and wonderful Volunteers.
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