The Fund for National Projects supports projects that:
Strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields; or
Improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz and theatre.
The Fund will award a total of up to $1 million in grants each year to support key national projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields. Grants range from $60,000 to $200,000 and cannot exceed 50 percent of a project's total cost. In general, grant periods will be limited to a maximum of two years, although applicants may request longer support in extraordinary circumstances. Additional funds will be given to previous Fund for National Projects grantees in the Fund for National Projects Phase II Program.
National projects engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field.
Organizations are encouraged to submit letters of inquiry for projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields, or that improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in dance, jazz and theatre, such as:
Research projects assessing the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists;
Special national convenings for entire professional nonprofit performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences);
Special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field.
Highest priority will be given to projects that improve the health of the Arts Program's priority performing arts fields and do not duplicate ongoing efforts or existing services.