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On the Road and In the Lab Grants

Grants to U.S. Non-Profits and Artists to
Promote Cultural Exchange Around the World

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Foundation / Corporation

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Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; administered by Theatre Communications Group

Deadline Date:

10/01/12 11:59:59 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 to U.S. non-profits and individual artists seeking to (a) establish new relationships with international colleagues or (b) further pre-existing international collaborations. The purpose of these grants is to provide support for: building bridges between U.S. theatre professionals and their counterparts abroad; theatre professionals who will further the growth and advancement of the field; and creating opportunities for the U.S. theatre field to engage in international conversations.

Recipients may use the funds to pursue activity abroad or to host international colleagues within the U.S. to pursue unrestricted travel and projects by professionals working in all aspects of theatre.

The program offers grants through two separate initiatives:

1. On the Road Travel Grants: This initiative will award six grants of up to $5,000 each, per cycle, to foster new relationships with international colleagues that will inspire each other’s work and aesthetics by creating opportunities for cultural exchange. This initiative is open to a broad range of theatre professionals from artists to administrators to those in production areas.

2. In The Lab Project Development Grants: This initiative will award three grants of $10,000 each, per cycle, to further pre-existing international collaborations by supporting residencies that either advance the research and development of a theatre piece or explore elements leading up to a full production. Projects do not need to result in a final main-stage production.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130414

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant organizations must meet the following requirements:
- 501(c)3 status (Fiscal sponsors are not allowed);
- History of developing and/or producing its own theatre work over the last three years;
- Location within the United States or its territories;
- Employment of at least one full-time salaried staff person at the time of application;
- All artists within the organization must be compensated a fair amount for their work, but it is not necessary for the theatre to use an Equity contract.

Individual applicant theatre professionals must meet the following requirements:
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status;
- Have a minimum of five years experience working in the non-profit theatre field with a history of mounting professional theatre productions within the last year;
- Capacity to implement the proposed activity as illustrated by previous projects of similar size, scope, and structure.

Pre-Application Information:

In addition to downloading the application (see attached files), applicants must register online (no later than the October 1, 2012, 11:59pm EST deadline) at:

Send Applications to:
Mohammad Shatara, Artistic Programs Associate
Global Connections Program
C/O Theatre Communications Group
520 Eighth Avenue, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10018-4156

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For more information on the Global Connections program, contact Mohammad Shatara, Artistic Programs Associate, at (212) 609-5900, ext. 269, or email:

Theatre Communications Group
520 Eighth Ave., 24th Fl, NY, NY 10018-4156
Fax: 1-212-609-5901

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