NEFA: New England Arts Resilience Fund

New England Foundation For The Arts

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Deadline: Aug 20, 2021 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $100,000

Fields of work: Visual Arts Museums & Cultural Institutions

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, General Operating Expense, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island Show all

Location of residency: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island Show all

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New England Arts Resilience Fund

The New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the nationwide United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was created in response to the impact of COVID-19 on our region’s arts infrastructure, offers opportunities for stabilizing New England nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and planning for the future.

New England Arts Resilience grants will support New England nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that provide regional and/or national leadership in supporting artists and connecting with communities through engagement with artists. The Fund prioritizes organizations, communities, populations and art forms that have historically had less access to major financial resources for sustainability. We particularly seek to support organizations that are led by and deeply engage communities of color.

Grants will assist organizations in increasing their resilience through:

  • Organization stabilization:
    • Staff salaries.
    • Fees for artists and other contracted personnel.
    • Facilities costs.
  • Organizational planning for future sustainability:
    • Investing in infrastructure including technology.
    • Operations scenario planning.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be eligible for New England Arts Resilience funding, applicants must be:
    • A NEFA grantee in New England from FY17-FY20 funded through NEST, Expeditions, New England Presenter Travel, National Dance Project, National Theater Project, Creative City Community Partner grant, Fund for the Arts, or special projects to support Native American artists and organizations, or
    • A Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) Workshop Presenter in 2017 or 2019, or
    • Identified by NEFA’s network of regional advisors as potentially eligible. Nominated organizations expand reach of New England Arts Resilience grants beyond NEFA’s current constituents. 
  • NEFA grantees and CCX workshop presenters must also meet the following to be eligible for New England Arts Resilience grants:
    • The organization’s primary mission is focused on the arts. Arts projects or initiatives of non-arts organizations are not eligible. 
    • The organization provides programming designed to regularly engage with the general public. 
    • If the organization is embedded within a larger institution, the larger institution is not the sole source of operating support.
  • In addition, applicants must meet ALL of the following:
    • Be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
    • Be based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont).
    • Have a DUNS number. The federal government requires that all NEFA organizational grant recipients supported by federal funds register for DUNS numbers. Sign up here to receive a DUNS number.
    • 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.


This page was last reviewed July 19, 2021 and last updated July 19, 2021