NEST (New England States Touring) funds presentations of New England-based performing artists from outside of a presenter’s state.

NEXT DEADLINES

  • April 2, 2018 for projects beginning on or after July 1, 2018
  • August 1, 2018 for projects beginning on or after November 1, 2018
  • December 3, 2018 for projects beginning on or after March 1, 2019

To be eligible for NEST funding, applicants must:

  • Be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, school, federally-recognized Indian tribal government, or unit of state or local government. (Nonprofit organizations do not have to be arts organizations. Organizations that do not have a federal tax identification number may apply if part of an official government agency.)
  • Be based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
  • The federal government now requires that all NEFA organizational grant recipients supported by federal funds register for DUNS numbers. If you are unsure if the applicant has a DUNS number or to sign up to receive a DUNS number, go to: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.
  • 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.

A presenter may apply for an artist within their state if all of the following requirements are met:

  • They have booked the artist as part of a New England tour with at least two other presenters.
  • At least two other presenters on the tour are from outside of the artist’s home state.
  • All presenters are applying to the same NEST deadline.

NEST will not fund:

  • Activities and programs which take place exclusively in schools during class time.
  • Events that are not open to the public and advertised accordingly.
  • Fundraisers.
  • Events outside of the six New England states.
  • Performances in which the performers are primarily students.

CreativeGround houses the directory of all artists (NEST artists) who may be chosen by NEST applicants for funding. To find NEST-eligible artists:

  1. Go to www.CreativeGround.org and click ‘Search’ at the top of the page.
  2. Select ‘Enhanced Options’ and then select ‘Profile is NEST eligible’ along with any other search criteria that you need, such as state or discipline.

If a presenter is interested in applying for an artist who is not currently NEST-eligible then the artist(s) should follow the instructions under the NEST Artist Requirements. All artists who wish to qualify for NEST funding must maintain an artist profile on CreativeGround.

CreativeGround houses the directory of all artists who may be chosen by NEST applicants for funding (called NEST artists). Therefore, all artists who wish to qualify for NEST funding must maintain an artist profile on CreativeGround.

How to create your NEST-eligible CreativeGround profile

  1. Follow these step by step instructions, or
  2. watch this video tutorial

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