The Community Fund provides subsidies of up to $5,000 to NPN Partners for activities which expand upon a NPN Performance Residency or Creation Fund – activities that deepen relationships among NPN Partners, artists, and communities. The Community Fund is designed to help NPN Partners take risks, implement new programs, forge new relationships, and/or diversify their connections.
Community Fund projects can occur before, during, or after Performance Residencies or Creation Fund activities. Subsidies can be applied for planning, follow-up, documentation, or evaluation of Performance Residencies or Creation Fund projects. The subsidy may be used to pay local artists or community organizations involved in Performance Residencies or Creation Fund projects. Guidelines are flexible by design, allowing NPN Partners and artists to exercise their creativity in structuring projects. Decisions for this competitive program are made by a rotating panel comprised of NPN Partners, board, and staff.
The Community Fund is made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), the MetLife Foundation, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.