NET/TEN Remote Connection Mini-Grants

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

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

Given the likely impact of COVID-19’s travel restrictions over the coming months, NET has reimagined our NET/TEN Spring 2020 Travel Grant funding round to meet the immediate challenges and unique opportunities of this moment, and respond to our members’ urgent needs and concerns.

The previously announced NET/TEN Spring 2020 Travel Grant application process (with March 24, 2020 deadline) has been suspended, and will be replaced with a one-time round of NET/TEN Spring 2020 Remote Connection Mini-Grants for distance-based relationship building.

A simple online application for this special round of Spring 2020 Remote Connection Mini-Grants will open on Wednesday March 25, 2020, and should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Submissions will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the funding pool is depleted, with rapid-response award notification to applicants by email within 2-3 business days and payments disbursed by check (up to 30 days to receive) or Venmo/Paypal (up to 3 days to receive).

How Much is the Mini-Grant, and Who Can Apply?

Mini-Grant amounts will be based on NET membership category: $250 for Individual and Student members; and $500 for Ensemble and Affiliate members.  

Current NET members in good standing are eligible to apply, with the following caveats and exceptions:

  • Mini-Grants are intentionally modest to spread this support as broadly as possible. Because the available funding pool is around $25,000, the 50-75 grants we are able to award will reach less than 25% of the full NET membership. Given these limited funds and the urgent need that exists for so many in our community at this moment, we ask 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.
     
  • Recipients of NET/TEN grants in the current 2019-20 cycle (either a Fall 2019 Travel Grant or a 2020 Exchange Grant) may not submit a Mini-Grant application. We understand that travel restrictions due to COVID-19 may impact your funded project activities, and encourage you to contact us directly so we can work with you on any needed adjustments (including schedule changes, cancellations, and/or requests to shift to remote/virtual relationship-building and exchange activities where possible).
     
  • Applicants must have an address in, and the ability to receive funds in, the United States.
     
  • 501(c)(3) status is not required.

As of now, we are expecting that the next NET/TEN Travel Grant round will go ahead as scheduled in Fall 2020, with an application deadline in September 2020 for project activities that take place from December 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021.  Recipients of Spring 2020 Mini-Grants will be eligible to apply for Fall 2020 Travel Grants.

What Activities and Expenses are Eligible?

Spring 2020 Remote Connection Mini-Grants are intended to support activities that:

  • take place virtually or remotely, supporting physically-distant connectivity using technology such as video conferencing, or any other digital, analog, or “old school” communication tools or collaboration methods;
     
  • initiate new relationships or strengthen existing relationships, with collaborators outside of your ensemble who:

    • can be located anywhere in the U.S. or internationally;
    • do not have to be NET members;
    • are welcome and encouraged, but not required, to be cross-sector or cross-discipline (i.e. those from outside the arts, or from arts disciplines or genres beyond your own).
  • explore practices, ideas, or methods that are new to you;
     
  • include artistic, administrative, or technical/production-based explorations;
     
  • and occur during the project period, which starts on the date that you receive notification of your award, and ends on November 30, 2020.

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

  • artist fees/wages/honoraria for time spent arranging, preparing for, and engaging in the relationship-building; 
     
  • cost of video conferencing services or other communication tools/materials used to support the activities;
     
  • and documentation or reflection that results from the funded engagement, learning, and/or exploration.

In-person activities, travel expenses, production expenses, production tours, 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 Mini-Grant.

Timeline & Application/Award Process

A simple, streamlined online application for this special Spring 2020 Remote Connection Mini-Grant round will open on Wednesday March 25, 2020. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the funding pool is depleted, with rapid-response award notification to applicants within 2-3 business days.

Submissions should take no more than 5 minutes to complete, and do not require a narrative or identified collaborators. A completed W-9 form must be uploaded and submitted with the application.

Funded activities can begin immediately upon receipt of award notification, and must be completed by the end of the project period on November 30, 2020.

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).

Field-Sharing & Reporting

Reporting requirements for Mini-Grants will be minimal and streamlined:

  • Please credit the Network of Ensemble Theatres as a funder of your organization or individual work, and use #NETTEN and @NETensembles when sharing about your remote relationship-building activities on social media.
     
  • In order to share your learning and experiences with other ensembles and co-creators, NET welcomes your documentation in any form -- photos, a Zoom call recording, work product, a journal entry, a poem, a song, or other writing --- as long as it’s one page or less, or an easily digestible 5 minutes of video content. Creation of a formal Shareback for the NET/TEN Shareback Library, in keeping with our spirit of community building and knowledge sharing, is very welcome but not required (see #21 on this FAQ Page for more info on Sharebacks).
     
  • If these formats don’t work for you, you can arrange a call with NET staff, and we will take notes that will be submitted as your report.
     
  • You’ll need to keep a record of receipt(s) documenting your use of Micro-Grant funds on file for your own archives; you’re welcome to also share these receipts with NET if you wish, but this is not required.
     
  • Keep it simple, bring the joy, and share community! Reporting materials will be due by December 31, 2020.

Questions?

Contact us at netten@ensembletheaters.net to discuss!

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