NET/TEN Remote Connection Mini-Grants




NET/TEN Winter 2020/21
Remote Connection Mini-Grants for
long-distance relationship building

Applications are now closed

Rolling deadline, streamlined application process, and quick-response award notification & payment

NET is aiming to be responsive to the current situation with COVID with respect to restrictions of travel and gathering, and to identify equitable solutions for a broad membership of artists and ensembles from all across the country with a wide range of needs. Therefore -- rather than than announcing the full 2020-2021 NET/TEN grant cycle (as we usually would have in the Fall) -- information about our current grant opportunity can be found below; details about additional NET/TEN funding opportunities for Winter/Spring 2021 will be shared early in 2021.

NET continues to adapt to the impact of the pandemic by adjusting the Fall 2020 Travel Grant round to meet the immediate challenges and unique opportunities of this moment, and respond to our members’ urgent needs and concerns. Using the reconceived model we implemented in Spring 2020, we will offer NET/TEN Winter 2020/21 Remote Connection Mini-Grants of $250 and $500 (based on the applicant’s membership category) for NET member artists and ensembles to build relationships across distance by exploring remote opportunities for artistic and administrative connections, exchanges, peer learning, and research.

NET’s primary focus is on the health and safety of our community, and the need to support our members by releasing funds into the field as quickly and barrier-free as possible. The Winter 2020/21 NET/TEN Remote Connection Mini-Grant application will consist of a simple online form that takes less than five minutes to complete. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, and will be reviewed and awarded with rapid-response notification on a weekly basis until the funding pool is depleted. The total pool of funds to be awarded is $25,000; we anticipate being able to award approximately 60-70 grants, depending on the distribution of individual/student ($250) and ensemble/affiliate ($500) applicants.

In this Winter 2020/21 Mini-Grant round, NET's goal is to prioritize relationship building that is initiated by artists and ensembles who live and work at the intersection of identities that are marginalized by racist and oppressive systems. The process will therefore aim to center Black and Indigenous artists and ensembles in the NET membership, and to also lift up and support those who identify as POC (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. Given the limited funding pool, and the urgent need that exists for so many in our community at this moment, we ask NET members to consider this opportunity in the spirit of our shared values, in keeping with our communal commitment to addressing systemic inequities (see NET’s Equity in Funding Statement), and with mindfulness of your level of access to other resources or proximity to privilege.

Application Process

Application opens December 10, 2020 at 7am HST / 9am PDT / 10am MDT / 11am CDT / 12pm EDT, and will remain open for five weeks. While the portal will remain open, each week we will award 10-15 grants totaling ~$5,000 in funds, with notifications to grantees at the end of that week. The weekly grant cycle will continue for five consecutive weeks, until all NET/TEN Fall Remote Connection funds, about $25,000 in all, are depleted. This is excluding the weeks of December 21 and 28, 2020, as NET offices will be closed from December 24 through January 1.

Application review schedule is as follows:

  • First Review Day: Thursday, December 17, 2020

  • Second Review Day: Thursday, January 7, 2021

  • Third Review Day: Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Fourth Review Day: Thursday, January 21, 2021

  • Fifth Review Day: Thursday, January 28, 2021

Current NET members in good standing are eligible to apply, including those who received NET/TEN Spring 2020 Mini-Grants or have other open NET/TEN grants. (If you have any questions regarding your membership status, please email

Please complete the Mini-Grant application form as soon as you are able to do so, in order to help NET understand the scope of the need. For context, in the Spring round, NET funded about 65 requests for funding. We will ask Black and Indigenous artists to self-identify in order to expedite those grants.

The application is in a Google Form here. Submissions should take no more than 5 minutes to complete, and do not require a narrative or identified collaborators.

Funded activities can begin immediately upon receipt of award notification, and must be completed by the end of the project period on May 31, 2021.

Mini-Grant recipients can elect to have grant payments disbursed by mailed check (within 30 days of award notification), or via an electronic payment platform such as PayPal or Venmo (within 3 business days of award notification).


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