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 will commence in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned for new guidelines and simplified application process.


     Complete applications must be submitted online by February 19, 2015

     at 11:59PM Central Time.


     New 2015 guidelines and application materials will appear on the  MENU on the right in the coming week.


     Review 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 October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.


NFA Grants for Latino Artists and Ensembles support the work of individual artists and ensembles in all disciplines. The NFA offers two grant categories for artists and ensembles: Project Grant and Master Artist Grant. Open to Latino artists and ensembles in the United States.

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.

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

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.  



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