Exchange Grants

About NET/TEN Exchange Grants

NET/TEN Exchange Grants build on and deepen existing relationships through shared activity and peer-to-peer learning.

  • Grants range from $3,000 to $10,000, and require a 1:1 match
  • Activities must occur in U.S.
  • Awarded once a year

Exchange Grants must address one of these two goals:

(A) Artistic or technical/production exploration. Builds on a prior relationship in order to go deeper into a technique or methodology, follow a mutual interest, build a shared work, present a performance, etc. Performance tours are not a required element of these grants, although they may be included as part of the exchange.

(B) Administrative development/exchange. Deepens existing relationships by exploring practices unique to the operation or management of an ensemble, such as (but not limited to): approaches to shared or rotating leadership, training in consensus decision-making, use of non-traditional structures, etc.

Exchange Grants are designed to allow lead applicants and partners to take financial risks, to explore something beyond what they are already doing, and/or to more fully capitalize collaborations. 

Applications are intended to be written and submitted jointly by two or more partners:

  • The lead applicant must be a NET member in the Ensemble category
  • Project partners are also named in the application

Project Partners
• U.S. based partners (or International partners from previously awarded and completed NET/TEN Travel grants only)
• In or outside of the city/region of the lead applicant
• Do not have to be NET members
• May be individual artists, other ensembles, non-profit organizations, experts from other fields, etc.; NET/TEN welcomes cross-sector and cross-discipline partnerships (i.e. collaborations outside the arts, or with arts disciplines or genres beyond your own)

Must be an outside relationship (i.e. an exchange with an individual who is affiliated with your ensemble but is located in a different geographic region would not be eligible). If awarded, the lead applicant and project partner(s) are considered joint recipients of the grant and will not be eligible to apply for another NET/TEN grant in this cycle.

Exchange Grants must be reciprocal: each partner should have the opportunity to learn from the other, either within the grant period, or as part of a larger project or timeframe. Reciprocation need not occur in the same way (i.e. one partner may share a performance and the other may reciprocate by sharing administrative practices, etc.).

Projects with budgets of $6,000 or less may use in-kind sources for the required match; for projects with budgets greater than $6,000, at least half of the match must be met as cash. Any partner in the Exchange may provide the match; it does not need to come equally from each applicant.

Example Activities:

-Share rehearsals or exchange performance techniques, methodologies, or training exercises;
-Create a shared work or performance;
-Host a joint retreat with shared workshops and community building;
-Plan a series of administrative meetings to learn about ensemble consensus, board/staff structures, succession planning, and/or financial management.

Please click HERE to see more examples of previously funded Exchange Grant activities.

Eligible Expenses

Click here to see a chart comparing eligible expenses for each program.

Equipment purchases and publicly-available professional development offerings (e.g. using funds to register for conferences, festivals, or other pre-existing public workshops or trainings) are not supported by this program.

Community Engagement
Building community is a priority for NET. The required community engagement activities in Exchange Grants are intended to expose a broader audience to the process and value of ensemble methods and practices. Proposals (except those focusing on administrative development/exchange) must include at least one community engagement opportunity:

  • An informal sharing of a work-in-progress, a process, or from a previous body of work
  • An informal dialogue/conversation about a range of topics
  • A workshop, class, or other learning activity
  • A public engagement activity

While participants for these engagement opportunities are generally defined as the “general public,” they may also be defined as other artists in the community who are not members of the host partner organization. Engagement activities should be appropriate to the ensembles/partners involved and community served, it is up to you to determine what makes the most sense for your project and community.