Continuation Grants - How to Apply

THE CONTINUATION GRANT APPLICATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED THE WEEK OF JUNE 13, 2022.

Advance Preparation Materials


  • NET has a new proposal submission system, and it is still a work in progress. As in years past, we strongly suggest drafting your responses in a Word document or Google document so that you can easily cut and paste them into the application, and to ensure that you have a separate, saved record of your work in case you experience any issues with the online form.
  • To view a brief overview of the new submission system, check out this video.
  • Unlike our previous grant portal, this website does not allow you to save and edit your answers before submitting.
  • Only use the buttons on the form to navigate between the four steps of the proposal form. Do not use your back and forward buttons, as it will cause you to lose your progress.
  • You do not need to log in to this website to apply for a travel grant
  • If you run into issues, contact netten@ensembletheaters.net to request assistance prior to the deadline.
  • Character limits have been removed for the narrative questions on the application in order to have applicants focus on the quality of responses versus spending time editing. This decision is in the spirit of our commitment to equity to allow more applicants to express themselves in a way that works best for them. All applicants are encouraged to keep responses simple and direct and there is no expectation of receiving long responses. For more information on a discussion surrounding character limits, please check out an article on the blog Nonprofit AF, We need to have a serious talk about character limits on grant applications."

Lead Applicant Details:

Primary Contact Person
Primary Email
Primary Phone
Primary Mailing Address


Organizational History & Mission

Provide a brief history, mission statement, and/or overview of your work. This is a chance to tell the panelists about your artistic methodology, performance traditions, aesthetics, how you make decisions, and some background on your work.


Website


Year Founded


Annual Income

Total organizational income from your most recently completed fiscal year.


Annual Expenses

Total organizational expenses from your most recently completed fiscal year.


Financial Notes

If applicable, provide additional details about Annual Income and Annual Expenses such as factors contributing to a deficit, useful contextual information, etc.


Number of paid full-time and part-time staff

Size of Ensemble


Partnership Information


Partner Profile:

Name of organization or individual


Contact person (Partners who are individuals may skip this field)


Email


Phone

Website (if applicable)


City


State

Organizational History & Mission/ Individual Bio
Provide a brief history, mission statement, and/or overview of your work. This is a chance to tell the panelists about your artistic methodology, performance traditions, aesthetics, how you make decisions, and some background on your work.

Year Founded

Annual Income
Total organizational income from most the recent complete fiscal year.

Annual Expenses
Total organizational expenses from most the recent complete fiscal year.

Financial Notes
If applicable, provide additional details about Annual Income and Annual Expenses such as factors contributing to a deficit, useful contextual information, etc.

# of Paid Staff

Size of Ensemble (If Applicable)

Partnership Letter

Each project partner should provide a separate signed letter affirming that they have read and agree to the proposal. This letter is an opportunity for partners to communicate their passion and interest for participating in the proposed activities, beyond what is included in the application. A letter from the lead applicant is not needed.

Letters must be submitted as PDF documents, either on letterhead or as a copy of an original email from the project partner’s email address. Letters should be limited to one page. For applicants that are organizations, the signatory must be an organizational official with the authority to commit their company to the proposed partnership.

Grant Narrative

Previous Project Summary

Provide a brief summary of your previous Exchange Grant activities and any ways that the relationship/partnership has advanced since the grant period ended. 


Proposed Project Summary

Summarize your proposed project in a sentence or two.


Project Description
Provide a description of the proposed project and the artistic vision for it that the lead applicant and project partner share.


Nature of Relationship
• How will this collaboration build on your previous Exchange Grant activities to move your relationship/learning forward?

• What role(s) will each partner undertake in this next phase of the relationship?


Project Goals & Outcomes:
• What are the collaboration’s artistic goals?

• What impact might this project have on each partner’s art-making and/or organizational operations? Please include specific ways that you anticipate partners will employ new processes and practices that strengthen their art-making, increase their competency for travel-based exchanges/tours, or expand their capacity to function as hosts/presenters for performance. 


Project Schedule:
Provide a project plan and schedule, including project start and end dates and locations.

Knowledge Sharing:
What do you hope to learn in terms of specific knowledge, methods, practices, etc? How will you share this knowledge and learning with other collaborators artists, ensembles, and/or the field through your Shareback Library contribution, and beyond? Indicate the specific distribution methods, channels, or technology that you will employ.

Equity/Diversity/Inclusion:
How does your work, your ensemble/organization (if applicable), and/or your proposed activities reflect NET’s values of equity and inclusion? Please read NET’s Equity in Funding Statement and Accountability Statement to inform your response. How are you currently addressing systemic inequities or incorporating anti-racism, anti-oppression practices into your work -- and/or how are you challenging yourselves to move forward in these areas?


Budget
Use this budget template to show how you would expend a $10,000 grant. Please provide expenses and income for the full project; include notes to identify how these amounts were determined. Additional sources of income should be listed as secured or pending.

Save your budget as a PDF file with your name/ensemble name in the filename to upload.

Need help? Email netten@ensembletheaters.net to set up a time to talk by phone.


IF YOU RECEIVE A GRANT:

Final Report
Upon project completion, each grantee is required to submit a final report, which will include both a narrative and a financial reporting component. NET will withhold 20% of grant funds until the final report is received. Any grantee that fails to submit this required report will not be eligible for future NET funding (grants or member subsidies).

Sharebacks
Building field knowledge is a primary goal of the NET/TEN program. Thus, in addition to a final report, grantees and their participating partners will be asked to provide NET with at least one piece of content that we can share publicly as part of the NET/TEN Shareback Library.

Sharebacks are not intended to document the work; instead the materials provided should be tutorial or instructive and focus on the most exciting, innovative, and instructional portions of your activities that may be helpful to other artists or ensembles embarking on similar projects or investigations.

NET welcomes your questions at any time prior to submitting an application, or throughout the review process. Please contact program staff at: netten@ensembletheaters.net