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Founders Project Fulfillment Grant

Grant to a USA Nonprofit Theater for a Children's
Theater Project to Promote Equality and Diversity

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Foundation / Corporation

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Children's Theatre Foundation of America (CTFA)

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Grant of up to $30,000 to a USA nonprofit theater to support a groundbreaking children's theater project that demonstrates racial equity, inclusion, and diversity. The deadline for requests to submit a proposal is January 16. The project must culminate in a public theatrical production, publication, or public display.

The Children’s Theater Foundation challenges and supports theater artists to achieve excellence in service to young people.

The Foundation values:
-Children and Youth
-The Art of Theater

CTFA Issues a Challenge to Theater and Theater Artists:
Because audiences are primarily made up of young people, school groups and families, CTFA embraces the opportunity to show leadership in dismantling institutional and structural racism.

Project Fulfillment Grant:

CTFA is seeking applications from not-for-profit theaters for theater projects/productions that focus on dismantling racism. (Logo:

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.

This program will fund a creative and visionary project that will advance the field of theater 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 theater 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 theater for young audiences, not only in one community or one theater, 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 theaters, 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177889

Number of Grants:

One recipient will be selected in 2018.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $30,000

Term of Contract:

The funding time frame for 2018 Founders Project Fulfillment Grants begins no earlier than September 1, 2018 and is to be completed by August 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who May Apply:
-Not-for-profit theaters 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
-Theaters, 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 theaters, 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 theater.

Not Funded:
-General operating support for projects that are part of the ongoing work of the applicant that represents business-as-usual.
-Free performances or ticket subsidies for ongoing season offerings.
-Activities undertaken for academic credit.

Pre-Application Information:

All Founders Project Fulfillment Grant recipients must provide a funding match that is no less than 50% of the grant request. Salaries and in-kind services may be counted toward the match but must relate specifically to this project.

The Request to Submit (RTS) deadline is January 16, 2018.

Finalists will be contacted by February 26, 2018.

Final applications will be due on April 23, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

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Mina Casmir, Vice President for Grants

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming