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Princess Grace Theater Award

Scholarships and Fellowships to USA Students and Individual
Artists for Tuition and Professional Training in the Theater Arts

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Princess Grace Foundation (PGF) - USA

Deadline Date:

04/01/19 11:59 PM PST


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Scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships ranging from $7,500 to $30,000 to USA students and individual artists for professional training in the theater arts. Funding is intended to support tuition costs for students in their final year, as well as artistic fees and salaries for mentorships and mainstage production work.

The Princess Grace Foundation seeks to foster relationships that nurture and support the applicant’s artistic development and growth. Under the Princess Grace Theater Award program, the majority of activities will provide opportunities for the applicant opportunity to work on their craft. Funding may be used for annual salary, artistic fee, tuition, or project costs, whichever is applicable to the particular type of grant (scholarship, apprenticeship, or fellowship).

Definitions of Apprenticeship and Fellowship:

- Apprenticeship applies to an individual who is “learning the trade” under the mentorship of a skilled staff person. The apprentice will work closely with the artistic director or a senior artist on the company’s mainstage production(s) throughout the grant period (e.g., as an assistant director or designer or an actor in a supporting role). The apprenticeship should also include the opportunity for the nominee to do his/her own work in a workshop or second stage venue.

- Fellowship applies to an individual artist who will have a substantial relationship with the nominating company. The Fellowship looks to give an individual the opportunity to assume significant artistic responsibilities on one or more production(s) in the company’s mainstage season during the grant period (e.g., director, lead actor, or primary designer on a production). Significant responsibility for a second stage season will also be considered (e.g., director, lead actor, or primary designer).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180032

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts generally range from $7,500 - $30,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period during which the recipients will be working will run from September 2019 to August 2020.

For Theater Scholarships, the grant period must occur during the nominee's final year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:

- Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have obtained permanent residency status.
- Scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships must be completed in the United States. Applicants must be affiliated with a nonprofit school or organization.
- For Apprenticeships and fellowships: Applicants must be individual artists who have not worked with the company for more than five years at the time of application.
- Applicants must be nominated by a school department chair/dean of professional schools in theater (for scholarships) or by an artistic director of a professional, non-profit theater company (for apprenticeships and fellowships). Self-nominations are not allowed.

Nominator Requirements:

- The nominating organization must be a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization for at least three years.
- Organizations must be located in the United States; American university satellite campuses abroad do not qualify.
- Professional Non-Profit Theater Companies must meet the following eligibility requirements:
a. Employ professional artistic and administrative staff
b. Have been in continuous operation as a professional theater company who has held 501(c)(3) status for a minimum of 3 years
c. Have a total of 20 weeks of rehearsal and performance for the current and previous 3 years
d. Have demonstrated the ability to raise public and other private funds

Note: Organizations holding 501(c)(3) status through a fiscal sponsor or related party (e.g., pass-through foundation) are ineligible to apply.

Benefits (materials/books, housing / room and board, insurance, and transportation) will not be supported.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: April 1, 2019 (11:59 pm PST)

Final notification is usually made in July of each year.

The Princess Grace Awards application is a 2-step online process requiring the input of both the nominee and the nominating organization. The nominee and nominating organization will each create separate accounts to facilitate the submission of the required documents, but need to work in conjunction with one another.

Applicants must be nominated by the dean or department chair of their academic program (if applying for a scholarship) or the artistic director of a company (if applying for an apprenticeship or fellowship).

If you are interested in applying for a Theater Scholarship, please phone the Foundation to verify whether a scholarship may fund a non-degreed training program, as this subject is currently under review.


Princess Grace Awards Program:

Application instructions:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Diana Kemppainen, Program Director
Princess Grace Foundation-USA
150 East 58th Street, 25th Floor
New York, New York 10155
P: 212.317.1470
F: 212.317.1473

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