Virtual Exploration Grants - Eligibility

Who is eligible?

  • Current NET members in good standing are eligible to apply, including recipients of earlier NET/TEN Remote Connection Mini-Grants or Summer 2021 Virtual Exploration Grants, or those with other open NET/TEN grants. Grantees must remain NET members in good standing throughout the full project period (including final reporting)
  • Eligible membership categories: Ensembles, Affiliates, Individuals, Students
  • 501(c)(3) status is not required
  • Applicant must have an address in, and the ability to receive funds in, the United States
  • In each round, applicant may submit only one application, but may be listed or included as a partner in applications submitted by others

As in the previous Virtual Exploration Grant round, NET will explicitly center and lift up Black and Indigenous artists and ensembles in the NET membership and those who identify as People of Color, disabled artists, immigrant artists on O-work visas, LGBTQIA+ artists, parents and caregivers, and other folks living at the intersections of oppression by actively prioritizing funding for these requests. Our goal is to prioritize and center artists and ensembles who live and work at the intersection of identities that are marginalized by racist and oppressive systems.

The application asks Black and Indigenous artists and others living at the intersections of oppression to self-identify, in order to prioritize this funding criteria during the review process.  

If you receive a Virtual Exploration Grant, you will still be eligible to apply for NET/TEN funding in future rounds (including 2022 Exchange and Spring Travel Grants).

What is eligible?

Eligible expenses must relate to the remote relationship-building activities, and may include:

  • artistic and administrative fees/wages/honoraria for time spent arranging, preparing for, and engaging in the relationship-building;
  • Other costs related to relationship building and exchange of knowledge, including:
    • research materials, remote learning, and other knowledge building materials;
    • cost of video conferencing services or other communication tools/materials used to support the relationship-building/knowledge-exchange activities.

Travel expenses, production expenses, production tours, capital equipment purchases, and publicly-available professional development offerings (e.g. using funds to register for online or in-person conferences, festivals, or other pre-existing public workshops or trainings) are not supported by this Grant.

Project Partners

  • U.S. or International
  • Partners do not have to be NET members, and may be individual artists, ensembles, cross-sector, and/or cross-discipline
  • New relationships or existing relationships
  • Must be an outside relationship 

If you have any questions regarding your membership status please email