Aurand Harris Grants & Fellowships

These grants benefit the field of theatre for children & youth; the utilization of drama or theatre in education for children grades K-12; or opportunities for theatre artists working in these fields.
The CTFA Aurand Harris Grant and Fellowship Fund 2019 Application Materials and Instructions for Small and Mid-Sized Theatre Grants and Individual Theatre Artist Fellowships

To honor Aurand Harris’ intentions, applications will be evaluated on their impact in their environment and in their specific communities to promote theatre and bring the live theatre experience to children throughout the country. Applications will also be evaluated in light of CTFA’s Mission and Values.
CTFA is currently committed to dismantling institutional and structural racism in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences and will give preference to applicants who demonstrate their work toward this goal -- either generally, or through the proposed project. SEE full DIVERSITY STATEMENT

Application Guidelines Deadline: Application period for 2019 is now CLOSED.
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501c3 IRS certified Not-for-Profit theatres in the USA, established for at least 3 consecutive years, possessing a public record of artistic quality and with an annual operating budget of under a million dollars (Large theatres should consult CTFA’s Founders Grant Guidelines.) (Applicant theaters may apply under an umbrella of another organization’s 501c3 IRS certified Not for Profit status if that organization is involved and a partner in the proposed project); or
An individual professional theatre artist in the USA, working in theatre for young audiences, in the development of his/her artistic excellence. An artist does not have to be connected to a theatre to apply. This can include playwrights, scenic designers, costume designers, lighting designers, directors and/or teachers; or
A collaboration of a theatre artist and a small or mid-sized 501c3 IRS certified Not-for-Profit theatre in the USA.

PEOPLE: playwrights, directors, designers, education directors, etc. engaged in a NEW initiative for a particular company or a new original play for children & youth
EQUIPMENT: light boards, curtains, lights, vehicles, whatever will bring your company to a new level of quality
TRAVEL: bringing collaborative teams together, participating in a conference or workshop, taking interesting people to interesting places for interesting purposes

General operating support such as support for the regular and ordinary projects that are part of the on-going work of the applicant
Projects that are already underway
Free performances or ticket subsidies
Activities undertaken for academic credit 
Projects proposed by theatres that do not have a one-to-one cash match: In-kind salaries and services may be counted if they are earmarked for this specific project (Projects proposed by individual professional theatre artists do not need to show a cash match.)
Large theatres with budgets above one million dollars.

Harris Theatre Grants & Fellowship FUNDING RESTRICTIONS
Grants and Fellowships are limited to awards of up to $2000
Only one proposal per year may be submitted to the Foundation by an applicant.
Priority consideration will be given to applicants not funded by a CTFA grant during the previous two years.

Recipients of any CTFA grant must include the CTFA logo in all official programs, publications and marketing and the statement: “Funded in part by an Aurand Harris Theatre Grant from the Children's Theatre Foundation of America.”
MORE Information about Aurand Harris and the Aurand Harris Grants may be viewed on the CTFA Website.

To be eligible for consideration, this application must include all of the information requested in the application form and must be received by March 4, 2019, midnight, Pacific Coast standard Time Zone, via e-mail attachment in WORD or PDF format. Applications are to be sent to Mina G. Halliday Casmir at to be eligible for consideration. The subject line should read “HARRIS GRANT 2019 + applicant’s name.” E-mail confirmation will be sent on receipt of the application.

COMPLETE INFORMATION for…2019 Harris Application Form and Project Budget Form link, below.
Application period for 2019 is now CLOSED.

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Aurand Harris (1916–1996)
Aurand Harris, one of this nation's most published and performed playwrights for children and youth, enormously enriched the literature of American children's theatre. Plays such as "Androcles and the Lion," translated into 10 languages, "The Arkansaw Bear," "The Toby Show," "Rags to Riches," and "To Ride a Blue Horse," are but a few of his plays that fill stages in this country and abroad. Harris's writings, informed by his studies in Kansas and at Northwestern University and by his teaching, initially in the Gary, IN school system, and, subsequently, for over thirty years at Grace School in New York, have captured the spirit and interests of children for generations. Harris had a deep concern for artists, particularly playwrights, who devoted their careers to creating quality theatre for young audiences, and for theatres who produce theatre for children.
Aurand Harris’ author royalties, from the purchase or playscripts and performance licensing, are given to support the work of American theatre artists through the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.
MORE about Aurand Harris & List of his plays
Photo: From the cover of Aurand Harris Remembered edited by Orlin Corey -Anchorage Press/Dramatic Publishing.
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