Grants: Honors & Funding
-2017 Founders Fund Concept Development Grants - Application: April 3, 2017-Application Period for Concept Development CLOSED
-2018 Founders Fund Project Fulfillment Grant - Projects of National Significance; unique and new to the field of theatre…
-Alvin Cohen Memorial Fund
Grant Criteria Overview-Abbreviated review of grant criteria
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About Aurand Harris Grants & Fellowships
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.
MORE about Aurand Harris & List of his plays
Photo: From the cover of Aurand Harris Remembered edited by Orlin Corey -Anchorage Press/Dramatic Publishing.
Funding: Aurand Harris Grants and Fellowships are made possible through an endowment established by the late Aurand Harris and administered by the Children's Theatre Foundation of America.Through his foresight and generosity, the Children's Theatre Foundation of America has been able to establish Aurand Harris Fellowships for artists serving young people and Aurand Harris Grants for small and mid-sized theatres throughout America.
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About CTFA’s Founders Fund Grants
The Founders Fund is the general fund of the Children's Theatre Foundation of America which supports Founders Fund Grants, special initiatives, and visionary projects.
2018 PROJECT FULFILLMENT
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HISTORY of the FOUNDERS GRANTS: Named in honor of the Founders of CTFA, who understood the dreams and potentials for the field of theatre for children and young audiences, the Children's Theatre Foundation of America (CTFA) Founders Grants have in more than fifty years supported diverse projects of national significance including national and international theatre festivals; research in theatre education and theatre practice; publications; U.S.A. representation abroad in theatre festivals and symposiums; scholarships, playwriting and other work of theatre artists and scholars.
We provide seed money for specific projects not general support. We are interested in projects unique and new to the field that will positively advance the field of theatre for young audiences nationally.
The ART OF THE MATTER grant in 2013 was a special initiative of the Founders Fund.
The CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT Founders Grant was introduced for 2017.
The PROJECT FULFILLMENT Founders Grant was introduced for 2018.
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About Alvin Cohen Memorial Fund
He owned Paramount Theatrical Supplies on Times Square (later renamed Alcone) which became a national business. Mr. Cohen’s business specialized in an extensive inventory of theatrical makeup supplies.
He was a faithful friend of Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) and children’s theatre. He also served as a Trustee of the CTFA. The Alvin H. Cohen Memorial Fund is his gift to the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America to encourage the imaginative in production.
Mr. Cohen died, March 29, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Harriet Cohen, who lives in Tamarac, Florida and his daughter, Paula Cohen and son, David Cohen. The Cohen family gift, The Alvin Cohen Memorial Grant, continues in his memory.
Funding: Projects of National Significance for Conference Programming
Cohen grants are designed to encourage and support exceptional programs at national theatre conferences. The proposed program must feature mentor-artists: directors, playwrights, actors, choreographers, or designers of stage sets, lights or costumes, whose reputations will attract wide attendance and/or participation. Exhibits, demonstrations and/or workshops led by such professionals are also eligible.
Cohen Grants are biennial in support of programming for:
• U.S. National Theatre Associations solely concerned with theatre for children and youth ages 4-18.
• The national theatre association must have been incorporated for a minimum of three years and have a verifiable record of accomplishments.
• Grant submissions are not being accepted, at this time.