New Funding Opportunities for Latino Artists and Organizations in 2019

As the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) approaches its 30th anniversary in May 2019, it announces the latest round of grant opportunities for Latino artists and arts organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico. Grants will support projects taking place in 2019, and applications are due Thursday, September 6, 2018.

The NALAC Fund for the Arts is the only national grant program intentionally investing in Latinx artists and nonprofit arts organizations in the United States. (Latinx is a gender-neutral term increasingly used in lieu of Latino or Latina). Eligible artists and organizations are invited to apply for NFA Artist and NFA Organization Grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000 to create new work or build their capacity.

The Mentorship Award has been reconfigured as a $25,000 grant supporting intergenerational or peer to peer mentorship between artists and recognizes excellence and mastery of skill. Recent grantees of the Mentorship Award (formerly known as the Master Artist Grant) include composer Gabriela Lena Frank, bombero Jesús Manuel Cepeda Brenes, visual artist Judy Baca, and media artist John Jota Leaños.

This will mark the second year of the Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film, a $10,000 grant award supporting emerging video or filmmakers. The first-ever awardee for this prize was André Perez with the the project America in Transition, a documentary series focusing on the social dimensions of trans identity for people of color in the United States. The award’s namesake is Adán Medrano who founded the San Antonio CineFestival in 1976, the first and longest-running Latino film festival in the USA.

Artists in San Antonio may continue to apply for the NFA San Antonio Artist Grant ($5,400) which has invested $81,000 in 15 artist projects over the last three years thanks to a partnership with the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture.

Upcoming opportunities scheduled to launch in August 2018 include the NFA Puerto Rico Artist Grant to support artists residing in Puerto Rico, the NFA Transnational Travel Award supported by Southwest Airlines, and NALAC Pods, a new funding initiative to support actions that organize, mobilize or advocate for Latinx arts.

To date, NALAC has awarded over 500 grants, reflecting an investment of $2.5 million across 35 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and México.

Learn more about last year’s grantees or access this year’s downloadable grant guidelines at

The 13th NALAC Fund for the Arts grant program is made possible in part by a major multi-year commitment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as the Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, Surdna Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, the Donor Collaborative of the Adán Medrano Legacy Award, individual donors, members, and volunteers.

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