Guidelines Quick View – Artist Grants
NALAC defines the primary applicant as the individual artist who is seeking funding for their own project or on behalf of an ensemble.
A primary applicant may submit one NFA Grant application per open call and can be awarded one NFA Grant per year.
General Requirements for Eligibility
All primary applicants must meet the following criteria before applying to any NFA Grant category.
Individuals applying to the NFA:
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must be based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
- Must be a Latinx artist, ensemble, or cultural worker.
- Must begin and conclude their proposed project activities within the allotted 2022 NFA award period:
Award Period for the NFA Artist, Flamboyan Artist Fellowship, & Adán Medrano Legacy in Film Awards:
September 1 2022 - August 31 2023
- Must have an active NALAC individual membership (visit www.nalactienda.org to purchase your membership).
Please note that an individual NALAC membership fee is $35.00 annually. If you would like to discuss your membership status as it relates to your NFA application, please contact NALAC Grants via the NALAC Programs Support Desk.
- Must meet the eligibility criteria specific to the grant category for which they are applying (when applicable), in addition to the general eligibility requirements listed above.
Individuals applying for the NFA General Artist Grant must meet all eligibility criteria and provide work samples that demonstrate artistic excellence.
Individuals applying for the Flamboyan Artist Fellowship must meet all eligibility criteria and currently reside in Puerto Rico.
Individuals applying for the Adan Medrano Legacy Award in Film must meet all eligibility criteria and identify as an 'emerging filmmaker'.
Deadline: Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 11:59PM Central Time
IMPORTANT: CHECK YOUR TIME ZONE. NALAC’s online application system will automatically close at 11:59PM Central Time. All application materials must be submitted electronically via the online system by the posted deadline.
All individuals interested in applying to the NALAC Fund for the Arts must visit the NALAC Submissions Manager (www.nalac.submittable.com) and create a Submittable account.
The online application will request the following:
- Applicant Profile where the primary applicant will be asked to provide their name, contact information, and answer general eligibility questions based on the NFA criteria.
- Applicant Demographic Information where the applicant will be asked to provide a biography and self-identify their background, identities, and ethnicity. Demographic data will be aggregated anonymously in support of NALAC’s equitable grantmaking efforts and advocacy priorities.
- Applicant Artistic/Practitioner/Professional Information where the applicant will be asked to share artist statements, select their primary artistic discipline, elaborate on their creative identity, and share what makes their practice unique.
- Applicant & Community Ecosystem where the applicant will have the opportunity to elaborate on their involvement with their community through or outside of their practice and select two social justice themes or areas which are most important to their project.
- Project Profile & Narrative where the applicant will have the opportunity to provide an overview of the proposed project’s activities/goals, communities and beneficiaries, anticipated outcomes and evaluation methods and overall scope of impact.
- Artist, Community Beneficiaries, & Project Collaborators where the applicant will have the opportunity to elaborate on intended audiences associated with their project, as well as identify any project collaborators. Please note that all proposed collaborations will require a collaboration verification letter to be uploaded to the support documents section of the application.
- Project Budget where applicants will be asked to outline project expenses in a budget narrative section and demonstrate how award funds will be distributed using the NFA 2022 Budget Form (found below) that is specific to the category you are apply form.
The following support opportunities are available to applicants throughout the NFA 2022 open call. Applicants may participate in a live info session, review a recorded info session, join a casual ‘office hours’ session to connect with staff, or schedule a private consultation with staff. In these settings NALAC staff will be available to answer questions, provide support, encouragement, and technical support throughout the application season.
Live Applicant Support Webinars- Artist Grants
Thursday April 21, 2022 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm CST
Thursday April 28, 2022 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm CST
Click here to view a recording of the NFA Artist Grant Support Webinar.
Office Hours Sessions
NALAC staff may connect virtually to answer questions about the NFA or its application process in an “office hours” or “cafecito” casual format. Please use the link below to join the NALAC Office Hours session.
Saturday April 30, 2022, 3:00pm – 4:00pm CST
Please note that additional opportunities to connect with NALAC staff will be made available throughout the open call. Follow NALAC on social media to stay up to date on NFA open call programming.
Individual consultations with NALAC staff will be available throughout the open call period, beginning April 19th and closing on May 13th.
Individual consultations with the NALAC team can be scheduled by visiting this link: NALAC Programs Bookings. Please note that individual consultations will be provided based on staff availability and scheduling will occur on a first-come first-serve basis. If you require a 1:1 consultation at a time not open for an appointment, please use the NALAC Programs Support Desk to contact the Grants department and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Inquiries may be submitted in writing via the NALAC Programs Support Desk. Please allow up to three business days for a response to your inquiry.