Which Grant Should I Choose? Comparing Basic Criteria for CTFA Grant Applications

Are you having trouble figuring out where to start? Begin with answering a few questions and then look at the summary descriptions of grants, below.
Each CTFA Grant, Fellowship and Award has different criteria that must “fit” before you take the time to fill out a grant application. Select LINKS to each for full grant criteria information.

Who is Asking for a Grant? -An individual? -A small not-for-profit theatre? A mid-sized not-for-profit theatre? A large not-for-profit theatre? A Collaboration between an individual and a not for profit organization?

What Are You Asking For? -For what part of a project or plan do you wish to use CTFA grant money?

When Does Your Project/Plan Begin? -CTFA Grants have begin-end dates. See Grant Application Information

Is your organization or group a tax registered not-for-profit organization? Organizations applying for a grant should have documentation of their not-for-profit status. Individuals applying for grants and awards, specifically funding individuals, are not required to be not-for-profit.

Read the summary descriptions of the grants, below, and see if there is a “fit”. Then CLICK the “READ COMPLETE INFORMATION” link for the details about that grant.

  • Theatre for children and youth.
  • The utilization of drama or theatre in education for children grades K-12.
  • Development opportunities for theatre artists working in the area of theatre by, with, and/or for children and youth.
The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America (CTFA) values children and youth, the art of the theatre, innovation, excellence, equity, diversity and inclusion.
All Foundation funding is guided by these priorities, and each application should explain how the project, for which you are requesting funding, reflects and promotes these values.
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FOUNDERS FUND GRANTS -(Photo-Washeteria, SohoREP, Art of the Matter-Founders Grant)
2018 Founders PROJECT FULFILLMENT Grant (Summary)
Request to Submit (RTS) Application Deadline: January 16, 2018 (2018 Founders RTS Submission period now closed.)
CTFA is seeking applications from not-for-profit theatres for theatre projects/productions that focus on dismantling racism.

2018-The Foundation will support a ground-breaking project that demonstrates diversity, racial equity and inclusion and promotes the involvement of communities that have been historically disadvantaged and socially and politically excluded based on race.

This project must be at a point of culmination where it is ready to be shared with the public through a theatrical production, public display or publication.

A creative and visionary project that will advance the field of theatre for
young audiences and serve as a model to address issues of social justice and inclusion.

A project that goes above and beyond traditional concepts of theatre for young people in terms of:
  • Content: subject matter, themes explored, non-traditional characters, etc.
  • Methodology: scripted plays, devised works, immersive experiences, etc.
  • Community Interaction: partnerships, ancillary events, community engagement.
  • Evaluation: concrete ways to measure impact and success.
A project that will make a difference in the field of theatre for young audiences, not only in one community or one theatre, and produces outcomes that can be applied nationally.

Production costs including but not limited to script commissions, artist fees, innovative design applications, new uses of technology, partnerships between theatres, schools universities and diverse communities, travel, extraordinary educational or outreach opportunities.

Founders Project Fulfillment Grants may have a changing focus from year to year to reflect priorities deemed by the Foundation to be of crucial importance to children and to the artists serving the field.

Not-for-profit theatres in the United States, established for at least five consecutive years, with a public record of artistic quality in creating work for young audiences and a demonstrated commitment to diversity in leadership
  • Theatres, not previously known for producing work for young and family audiences, may apply; but the specific project under consideration must serve children, youth, schools, communities and/or families
  • Teams formed by theatres, which bring together theatre artists and outside collaborators from a variety of disciplines seeking to explore new approaches to form and content in theatre for young audiences, may also apply through a qualifying theatre.
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Grants = Small to Mid-Sized Theatres, or a Collaboration
Fellowships = Individual Theatre Artists
(Photo-Devil’s Arithmetic by B. Kornhauser, PRIME STAGE Pittsburgh)
HARRIS Grants & Fellowships: People Travel Equipment
Deadline for application March 5, 2018 For projects that will begin not earlier than September 1, 2018 and complete not later than July 15, 2019 (Some exceptions may be granted.) (2018 Harris Grants & Fellowships Submission period now closed.)

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.

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.

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.); 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 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
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INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS nominated by someone else (Summary)
Recognizes EXCELLENCE in the important work of public high school theatre/drama teachers throughout the United States of America. (Photo: Recipients 2012-Kristi Fuller, 2002-Jo Beth Gonzalez )
Biennial - deadline

APPLICATION STEP ONE – Nomination. All nominations must be submitted via e-mail and received no later than
November 1st 2017 for 2018 Application.

An individual may nominate an outstanding teacher of public secondary school theatre/drama, in the U.S.A.
The nomination must include:
1) A brief description of the relationship between the nominator and the nominee
2) Nominee’s name and email address
3) A brief rationale for the nomination, with particular attention to the criteria listed in the nomination form.
No self-nominations accepted

● A candidate must be a current public high school teacher.
● A candidate must demonstrate:
1. dedication to guiding high school students through curricular, co-curricular, and/or extracurricular programming in the theatre arts
2. mentoring qualities
3. strong, ongoing commitment to diversity
4. artistic achievement, innovation and artistic excellence
5. broad influence on school, community, state, region and beyond, as exhibited by the award’s namesake, Reba. R. Robinson
6. how she/he will use the award to gain new experiences and grow as a theatre educator

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