The NALAC Fund for the Arts
Supporting US and Puerto Rico-based Latino artists and arts organizations in the development, creation, presentation and sustainability of artistic excellence.
The NALAC Fund for the Arts is the only national grant program intentionally investing in Latinx artists and nonprofit arts organizations in the United States. (Latinx is a gender-neutral term increasingly used in lieu of Latino or Latina). To date, NALAC has awarded over 590 grants, reflecting an investment of $2.9 million across 35 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and México.
The 13th year of NFA awards were announced as part of NALAC’s 30th anniversary in May 2019.
NFA Funding Priorities
Latino artists and arts organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico are at the forefront of social change and have made significant contributions to social justice efforts. The NALAC Fund for the Arts supports this work and serves as a catalyst for innovation in the arts field, providing Latino cultural producers with critical funding to invest in their creative capacity and ability to make lasting contributions to their communities and society. We encourage first time applicants, returning applicants who have not received a grant, and applicants from diverse geographic areas to apply.
- Sustain the creation and presentation of works by Latino artists and arts organizations.
- Build the capacity of Latino arts organizations and artists.
- Support the creative expression of artists that exhibit a high level of artistic excellence and innovation.
- Empower Latino artists and arts organizations in their efforts to promote social justice and social change through the arts.
- Strengthen communities by investing in cultural assets and human and social capital of Latinos in the U.S.
NFA Artist/Ensemble Grant
The NFA Artist/Ensemble grant program is for U.S. and Puerto Rico-based Latino artists, in all disciplines, working individually or as part of a Latino ensemble, arts collective, or community-based arts group. Organizations should review the NFA Organization grant guidelines.
NFA Organization Grant
The NFA Organization grant program is for U.S.-based organizations whose primary mission is focused on Latino arts and culture in any arts discipline. Individuals are not eligible to apply in this category.
Puerto Rico Artist Grant
The NFA Puerto Rico Artist Grant is open to artists currently residing in Puerto Rico. This grant is one of the new grant opportunities under the NFA and supports the production of work that will be created and presented in Puerto Rico. In this capacity, NALAC aims to contribute to the restoration and sustainability efforts of artistic and cultural practices by artists residing on the island. Funds can be used for artist and project fees, supplies and materials, repairs and/or purchase of equipment, as well as other expenses due to loss of income. Applicants should review the Guidelines for Artists/Ensembles.
NALAC Pod Grant
The NALAC Pod Grant is open to Latinx artists or cultural workers. This grant will support projects led by NALAC members that builds upon NALAC’s mission of promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latinx arts field. This is an opportunity for arts administrators, cultural workers and artists to organize networks, mobilize advocacy, amplify visibility, refine leadership skills, or sharpen aesthetic and critical thinking in their local arts and culture communities. Applicants should review the Guidelines for Artists/Ensembles.
Current Grantees and Additional Resources
The 14th NALAC Fund for the Arts grant program is made possible in part by a major multi-year commitment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as the Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, Surdna Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, City of San Antonio, Department of Arts and Culture.