Each of the six US Regional Arts Organizations provides support to arts organizations, artists, and communities through a wide range of regional, multi-regional, national, and international funding programs. For all inquiries concerning a particular granting program, including eligibility requirements, requests for guidelines and applications, and verification of application deadlines, please contact the appropriate US Regional Arts Organization. These program summaries below serve as an introduction to the breadth of opportunities available through the US Regional Arts Organizations.

Arts Midwest

Arts Midwest Funding Programs

The Performing Arts Fund supports touring in Arts Midwest's nine states by regional, national, and international performing artists and companies.

The Performing Arts Fund is an easy-to-use source of fee support for presenters such as performing arts centers, arts councils, or colleges and universities. It brings top-quality performances and educational activities by dance troupes, musical ensembles, theater companies and solo artists. It also expands the potential market and revenue opportunities for performing artists. All events reach underserved audiences or communities.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

M-AAA Funding Programs

Mid-America Arts Alliance creates and manages programs supporting performing arts touring, traveling exhibitions, and professional and community development. Mid-America Arts Alliance also provides support for high-quality, culturally diverse arts and humanities exhibitions for museums through ExhibitsUSA, and training opportunities for staff and volunteers of these institutions through HELP for Small Museums.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

MAAF Funding Programs

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation administers a number of different funding and service programs, which are dedicated to promoting access to all artistic disciplines and providing opportunities for artists in the region and beyond to advance their craft. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation administers three distinct performing arts funding programs: ArtsConnect, which supports collaborating performing arts presenters to fund touring engagements, the Tour Planning Program, and Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation also provides grants for community artist-in-residence projects made through the Foundation's Artists and Communities program.

New England Foundation for the Arts

NEFA Funding Programs

NEFA's grant programs provide funding to artists and nonprofit organizations in the areas of dance, performing arts, and public art. National Dance Project (NDP) provides grants for the production and touring of contemporary dance work by regionally and nationally significant artists in the United States and abroad. Presenter Travel Fund provides monetary assistance to arts programmers or curatorial staff in New England so that they may investigate new or unfamiliar work outside of their home community.
Meet the Composer offers grants to nonprofit organizations in New England to provide meaningful interaction between composers and audiences, in conjunction with performances of the composer's work. Art and Community Landscapes addresses local and regional environmental concerns by funding site-specific art projects and artist residencies.

South Arts

South Arts Funding Programs

South Arts primarily offers supports to performing arts presenters through technical assistance grants and The Southern Fast Track Grants program, which offers presenters two smaller grants with opportunities to receive funding throughout the year. Fast Track Touring offers artist fee support to promote touring in the South. The NEA/South Arts Regional Touring Program is an opportunity for presenting arts organizations to receive fee support to present a performing artist from outside their state.


WESTAF Funding Programs

WESTAF is committed to programmatic work in the areas of multicultural arts, literature, folk arts, visual arts, and performing-arts presenting. WESTAF's primary granting program, with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, provides TourWest grants for the presentation of out-of-state performing artists and performing arts groups.


Arts Midwest 
mid-america arts alliance
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
New England Foundation for the Arts
Southern Arts Federation
Western States Arts Federation
National Endowment for the Arts