National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures: 2021 Actos de Confianza COVID-19 Relief Effort

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) recognizes the continual compounding impact that the COVID-19 public health pandemic is having on the Latinx artistic communities and greater Latinx populations in the United States and Puerto Rico. In April 2020, NALAC launched its first iteration of emergency relief support and was able to carry out four cycles of relief funding.

In a moment of continued uncertainty, NALAC once again returns to the importance of confianza – the act of mutual trust and support to carve new ways forward. In collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Intercultural Leadership Institute partners, the 2021 Actos de Confianza relief effort will expand to support Latinx artists and arts organizations who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

NALAC will distribute grants to Latinx artists and cultural workers, and to Latinx arts organizations facing critical financial emergencies due to the impact of COVID-19.

Amount: Grants of $2,500 are available for Latinx artists and cultural workers; grants of $5,000 are available for Latinx arts organizations.

Eligibility: Dependent on applicant type, as detailed below.

* Must be at least 18 year of age.
* Must identify as a Latinx artist or cultural worker and is able to demonstrate their artistic or cultural practices.
* Must not be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.
* Must demonstrate dire financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic (see NALAC’s website linked below for definition).
* Must be able to provide a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) if awarded grant funds.
* Must have full-time residence in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, and the region in which they are applying, for at least one (1) year.
* Applicant did not receive grant funds via the Catalyst for Change Award or Border Narrative Change grant opportunities.

* Must have a mission that is explicitly focused on Latinx arts and/or culture.
* Must have an Executive or Artistic Director who is Latinx and/or a Board of Directors that is comprised of at least 51% Latinx individuals.
* Must demonstrate dire financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic (see NALAC’s website linked below for definition).
* Must have a 501c3 nonprofit status OR have a fiscal sponsor with a 501c3 status.
* Must have at least one full year of programming history (this excludes any interruptions to programming in 2020 that may have arisen due to COVID-19).
* Must not be a college or university project, group, department, or organization (e.g., a student organization or art gallery that is part of an academic institution).

Deadline: May 12, 2020.

Note: Grants will be awarded between January – June 2021 and there will be three application calls by different geographic regions of NALAC’s constituent base. The Western U.S. application window grants funds from April 28 – May 12 in 2021.

Resource Information
Funder National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures
Eligibility Individual, Nonprofit Organization
Resource URL:
Sector COVID-19 Emergency Response
Grant Amount $2,500-$5,000
Deadline Closed