New England States Touring (NEST) Grant

25 Apr


Type of Opportunity: Touring Grant

Deadline: August 1, 2019

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

Program Goals

  • Give the communities of New England direct access to the artistic excellence and diversity available in this region.
  • Provide New England artists with the opportunity to build audiences through touring to a variety of communities, thereby increasing demand for their work.
  • Encourage thorough planning of projects that provide meaningful interaction between New England artists and communities.
  • Remove barriers to participation due to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, age, and geography.


Online applications must be submitted before midnight on the deadline date. Applications must be submitted a minimum of three months in advance of the proposed project. NEST grant recipients will be notified six-eight weeks following the deadline. A finite amount of funds is allocated each year; organizations are encouraged to submit applications early within NEFA’s fiscal year (June 1 through May 31).

Online reports must be submitted within 40 days from the end of the artist engagement to receive reimbursement. Full instructions are in the Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients section.

NEFA staff is available for assistance Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM EST.


NEST deadlines occur three times a year, or every four months, as follows:

  • First business day of August, for projects beginning on or after November 1
  • First business day of December, for projects beginning on or after March 1
  • First business day of April, for projects beginning on or after July 1

Learn more.

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