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The Shubert Foundation Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofit, Professional Theater and Dance Companies
to Support the Arts, Arts Education, Theater, and Dance

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The Shubert Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/05/18 6:00 PM EST - Deadline for Theater applications


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations that focus on one or more of the following areas: the arts, arts education, theater, and dance. Funding will be provided for unrestricted general operating support, rather than for specific projects. The majority of funding is directed to nonprofit, professional theaters (approximately 74%) - and 15% of funds are directed to dance companies - with an emphasis on producing, rather than presenting, organizations. A limited number of grants are made in the program areas of arts-related organizations and education.

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Nonprofit, professional theaters in the United States are the primary recipients of Shubert Foundation general operating support grants. Theaters are evaluated individually and with appropriate allowance for size and resources. The standard for awarding these grants is based on an assessment of each organization's operation and its contribution to the field. Artistic achievement, administrative strength and fiscal stability are factored into each evaluation, as is the company's development of new work and other significant contributions to the field of professional theater in the USA.


The Shubert Foundation views dance as a critical art form, one that is closely related to theater. The criteria used for Theater are also applied to dance companies.


Some organizations that help support the development of theater and dance are eligible for funding. Grants to these organizations are based principally on an assessment of their work, as demonstrated by past and current performance. Impact, administrative strength, and fiscal stability are factored into each evaluation.


A limited number of scholarships are made to graduate drama departments of private universities. These departments are evaluated principally in terms of their ability to train and develop theater artists.

Funding Criteria - Criteria range from the general to those specific to each applicant; they include:

- Record of artistic achievement
- Impact of the organization and its programs
- Record of developing new work
- Other significant contributions to the field
- Administrative strength
- Ability to generate both earned and contributed income
- Fiscal stability

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173292

Estimated Size of Grant:

Recent grants range from $10,000 to $325,000; the larger grants are generally awarded to organizations that have been on The Foundation roster for several years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

These grants are awarded exclusively to USA organizations, which must have current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to be eligible for funding.

The Foundation provides grants only to organizations that have an established artistic and administrative track record, as well as a history of fiscal responsibility.

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, nor does it provide funds for project support, audience development, direct subsidy of reduced-price admissions, conduit organizations (agencies that disburse funds to individuals or other organizations), renovation projects, loans, capital or endowment campaigns.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Deadlines:

End of August: Current grant application becomes available online.

October 17: Deadline for Dance, Arts Related, and Education applications. Applications must be received by The Shubert Foundation no later than 6:00 PM EST on this date.

December 5: Deadline for Theater applications. Applications must be received by The Shubert Foundation no later than 6:00 PM EST on this date.

December 14: Deadline for audited financial statements for Dance, Arts Related, and Education applicants who submitted by the October 17 deadline. Audits must be received by The Shubert Foundation no later than 6:00 PM EST on this date.

February 1: Deadline for audited financial statements for Theater applicants who submitted by the December 5 deadline. Audits must be received by The Shubert Foundation no later than 6:00 PM EST on this date.

Last week of May: Grants are announced and disbursed.

*If above dates fall on a weekend, the deadline moves to the following Monday.

Please Note: Organizations that have fully audited financial statements with an annual budget under $150,000 should contact The Foundation before making a formal application.

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Contact Information:

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

Click here for the Foundation's Grants Portal and to apply online:

The Shubert Foundation
234 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 944-3777
Fax: (212) 944-3767

The Shubert Foundation requests that all communication (including requests for applications) be sent via telephone, fax, or mail. Emailed inquiries will not be answered; emailed applications will not be accepted.

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