Travel Grants - How to Apply

        

To start an application, make sure you're signed in to the NET website using your member log in, then navigate to the Start an Application tab under the NET/TEN Travel Grants pages.

Advance Preparation Materials

The following information is provided so you can anticipate what will be requested in the online application form, and can begin to prepare your answers. We suggest drafting your responses in a Word 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.

Please note that the Travel Grant application includes the following narrative questions, a budget (see below for a budget template form and a sample budget), and a letter or email confirming your proposed partnership.

As part of this application, you are asked to write about ways you will share knowledge with the field through the NET/TEN Shareback Library. If you are not familiar with the Library, check it out here.

A note about the online application form: Text copied into the application will not retain formatting, and character counts vary by program. You are strongly advised to allow for additional time while applying to reformat your text within the online application: use plain text while drafting, then add in your formatting after cutting/pasting this plain text into the online text box. Character limits in the text fields are very sensitive; if you run into issues, contact netten@ensembletheaters.net to request assistance prior to the deadline.

  • PRO TIP: Be sure to delete the sample help text that is provided within the response box for each question before adding your answer -- this will ensure that you’re able to use the full character limit in each box for your response!

NARRATIVE QUESTIONS IN APPLICATION:

Applicant Profile

Name
Ensemble/Organization (Individuals and Students should omit this field)
Email
Phone
Applicant Location: City & State
Website 1
Website 2

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. (1,400 character limit, ~200 words)

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. (420 character limit, ~60 words)

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. You should therefore address the planning, potential learning, and issues/practices to be explored through this new or existing connection, and why it is critical to your artistic or ensemble practice at this moment. (2,100 character limit, ~300 words)

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? (1,400 character limit, ~200 words)

Schedule:

Please provide a timeline for your activities, including start and end dates. (700 character limit, ~100 words)

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. (1400 character limit, ~200 words)

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. (1,400 character limit, ~200 words)

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? (1,400 character limit, ~200 words)

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.

PARTNER 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. 

OPTIONAL DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION:

After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification that confirms that your application has been received. This email will also include a link to an optional form where you are asked to identify demographic information for yourself or your organization, as the applicant, and for your proposed partner(s) in the application. This data is used by NET strictly for internal reporting and will NOT be visible to the review panel.

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.

 

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