Theater Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Theater! 

Please note: this post is part of the MPS Grants archives. Funding opportunities are consistently changing. Please visit the links for the most current information about these grants and their deadlines or feel free to contact us with any questions. We wish you the best of luck finding funding for your project!

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1) Actor’s Equity Foundation 
  • The Actor’s Equity Foundation exists to support the professional theater community while promoting and investing in theater and the performing arts. 
  • The Foundation’s grants support nonprofit theaters across the United States. They also provide award programs for individual actors. 
  • Applicants must be part of a nonprofit theater organization and are required to: 
    • hold a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
    • have an established artistic and administrative track record.
    • have a history of fiscal responsibility. 
    • have worked to improve the state of the theater. 
  • Please submit a grant proposal letter and annual budget along with the Foundation’s online application. 
  • Average grants are $5,000. 
  • Deadline: October 1st thru December 15th, 2019. 

2) The Shubert Foundation 
  • The Shubert Foundation is dedicated to sustaining and advancing live performance arts in the United States. 
  • The Foundation’s focus is on nonprofit theater, with a secondary focus on dance. Additionally, the Foundation provides developmental support to some other art-related organizations. 
  • The Shubert Foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operation support rather than funding for a specific project. 
  • Applicants must be US-based nonprofit organizations pertaining to the art and are required to provide: 
    • proof of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
    • record of artistic achievement
    • impact of organization and its program
    • record of developing new work 
    • record of developing artists 
    • any other significant contributions to their field 
    • administrative strength
    • ability to generate earned and contributed income
    • demonstrated fiscal responsibility
  • Please submit the online application and all required documentation. 
  • Award grants range from $10,000 - $325,000. 
  • Deadlines
    • Non-Theater: October 17th, annually
    • Theater: December 15th, annually

3) Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) Corporate Philanthropy Program 
  • The ETC provides support to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies throughout the United States. 
  • Grants are awarded to: 
    • Performing Arts Education and Welfare
    • Community Betterment
    • Wizard Development
    • Employee-Driven Interests
  • Two types of grants are awarded by the ETC. 
    • Equipment Grants. These grants typically consist of small additions or enhancements to existing equipment or systems, such as a small fixture package or a low-to-mid-range control console. 
    • Community Betterment Grants. These awards are strictly funding grants. 
  • Applicants are required to provide: 
    • proof of status--- 501(c)(3), accredited, 170(c)(1). 
    • a completed online application. 
    • additional narrative documents.
  • Equipment grants rarely exceed $10,000
  • Community Betterment grants rarely exceed $5000
  • Deadlines
    • Equipment Grants: None, accepted year round
    • Community Betterment: April 30th and September 30th, annually

4) RBC Emerging Artists Project 
  • The RBC Emerging Artists Project supports arts and cultural nonprofit organizations in Canada, the United States, and internally where the RBC company does business. 
  • The Project focuses on organizations that provide emerging artists in the fields of visual arts, performance, dance, music, theater, literature, and film with mentorship, apprenticeships, advancement opportunities, and exposure to new and diverse audiences throughout their careers
  • Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations, registered charities, and international organizations with charitable status. 
  • Applicants are required to show that their emerging artists: 
    • are between the ages 18 of 35.
    • are in the early stages of their career.
    • are creators of new work or practice an art form.
    • demonstrate a tangible time commitment (a minimum of 24 hours) to their artistic activity.
    • are involved in their creative community. 
    • have not been showcased outside their country of residence. 
    • make a financial commitment to their practice. 
    • seek their primary income from their artistic work. 
    • possess little presentation of publication history. 
    • are enrolled in, or have recently graduated from, a related degree or diploma program. 
    • self-identify as emerging artists
  • Additionally, an online application must be submitted along with all other requested documents
  • The RBC Emerging Artists Project does not publish the amount of their grant awards. 
  • Deadline: Applications are accepted year round.
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