Travel Grants - How to Apply

THE TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED THE WEEK OF MAY 16, 2022


We hosted an information session on March 9, 2022 for our Spring Travel Grant.

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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."

Applicant Profile

Name
Ensemble/Organization (Individuals and Students should omit this field)
Email
Phone
Applicant Location: City & State
Website

Organizational History/ Individual Bio:
Provide a brief history 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. 

Narrative

Partner(s):

Who are you collaborating with? List the name of the partner(s) you are involving in your activities.

Partner(s) Location:

Where are they located, or where are they visiting from? List the home city, state and/or country of your partner(s).

Summary of Activities:

Summarize your proposed activities in a sentence or two. 

Rationale:

Why have you selected this particular partner(s) for a visit?  Is this a new or existing relationship? Please keep in mind that grants are awarded based on the quality of the relationship building.

Description of Activities:

What are your proposed activities? Use this section to describe how you plan to spend your time together and to describe what you hope to investigate/explore?

Schedule:

Please provide a timeline for your activities, including start and end dates.

Outcomes:

Looking ahead, what impact do you anticipate this exchange might have on your future work? What might come of the activities and relationship down the line? If the project is exploratory or the relationship is new, how will this travel and connection support your practice in the long term? Exploration is an appropriate outcome in itself, but we also want to hear how that exploration will serve your practice going forward. 

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, ensembles, and/or the field through your Shareback Library contribution, and beyond? Indicate the specific distribution methods, channels, or technology that you will use. 

Equity/Diversity/Inclusion:

How does your work, your ensemble/organization (if applicable), and/or your proposed activities reflect NET’s values of equity, diversity, and inclusion? Please read NET’s Equity in Funding Statement to inform your response.

How are you currently addressing systemic inequities or incorporating anti-racism, anti-oppression, and EDI practice into your work -- and/or how you are challenging yourselves to move forward in these areas?

Budget

Use this budget template to list the requested grant amount and detail your proposed expenses and income; include budget notes to identify how you determined these amounts.

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

Need help? Review this sample or email netten@ensembletheaters.net to set up a time to talk by phone.

Confirmation Letter

Provide a short signed letter from the proposed partner(s) confirming their participation and the nature and timing of the activities. Letters must be submitted as PDF documents, either on letterhead or as a copy of an original email from the partner's email address. Confirmation letters written in a foreign language should include an English translation.

If you need help saving your file as a PDF, please contact program staff at netten@ensembletheaters.net for assistance. 


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.