National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts Offers Grants for Artists and NonprofitsThe NALAC Fund for the Arts is a field-advised grant program designed to help Latinos develop their creative talents and make lasting contributions to their communities and society as a whole. Launched in 2005 by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture with major support from the Ford Foundation
, the NFA provides financial resources to strengthen Latino small and mid-sized arts organizations and to support Latino artists in the creation of their work.
A "Latino arts organization" is defined as an organization whose mission is focused on Latino art and culture, whose executive or artistic director is Latino, and/or whose board of directors is comprised of at least 51 percent Latinos. Applicant organizations must have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or have a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)(3) status, must have been in existence for at least one fiscal year, must have an operating budget that does not exceed $1 million, and must be a member of NALAC. Eligible organizations may apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 each to be used toward general operating support, the creation and presentation of artistic works, organizational capacity-building initiatives, and professional development.
A "Latino artist" is defined as a U.S.-based Latino artist working individually or as part of a Latino ensemble, arts collective, or community-based arts group in dance, interdisciplinary arts, literary arts, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, performance art, theater arts, or visual arts. Applicant artists must be at least 18 years of age, and must be a member of NALAC. Individual artist project grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 each may be used for creation, development, and presentation of work; professional or career development, equipment necessary for artistic production, or project research and travel.
In addition, a limited number of NFA Artist Fellowship Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 each will be offered to support exemplary artists, and the NFA Master Artist Grant will recognize one Latino master artist with a grant ranging from $10,000 to $20,000.
The technical assistance period for this NFA grant cycle is open until August 16, 2010. Application materials are available at the NALAC Web site.