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National Theater Project-supported Nia Witherspoon, courtesy of Witherspoon and NEFA.


Includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island

NEFA contributes to a nation where artists flourish and communities celebrate art as essential to a thriving, equitable society.

The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation. NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to each other and their audiences; and analyzing their economic contributions. NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundations.

Man suspended in the air in a harness with his arms outstretched. Two lights shine on his body.
National Theater Project-supported Nouveau Sud Circus Project. Photo by Brian BT Twitty courtsey of NEFA.
National Dance Project-supported Helen Simoneau Danse. Photo by Peter Mueller courtesy of NEFA.
A man plays the violin on a virtual performance.
New Work New England-supported Daniel Bernard Romain. Still from a virtual performance of “Requiem for Living, In Color,” courtesy of Firstworks and NEFA.

Selected NEFA Opportunities

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Resource (For Individuals, Organizations)

CreativeGround is a community-generated and free tool that provides visibility, connection, and information to support a region-wide creative network. Spotlighting the stories, relationships, and data of the creative people and places at work in New England activates our creative community with more resources.

New England Foundation For The Arts
New England Foundation For The Arts
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Center Stage

Opportunity (For Organizations)

Building cross-cultural connections by bringing vibrant international performers to the U.S. in partnership with the U.S. Department of State.

New England Foundation For The Arts
New England Foundation For The Arts

National Theater Project

Grant (For Individuals, Organizations) – Awards range from $80,000 to $130,000 and include touring allocations

Provides funds for creation and U.S. touring of artist-led, ensemble, devised projects. These grants are highly competitive and are awarded to ten projects annually.

New England Foundation For The Arts
New England Foundation For The Arts