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R.I.S.E America Grant

Grants to USA High Schools to Enhance and
Revitalize their Theater Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Educational Theatre Foundation and NBC

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Grants of $10,000 to USA high schools to enhance and revitalize their theater programs. Funding can be used towards various critical needs, including production expenses and master classes. Examples of the uses of funding are outlined below.

Eligible Use of Funds:

- Production: Fund a production, purchase critical theatrical equipment and/or supplies (lighting, sound equipment, costumes), and/or underwrite your first full play or your first musical.
- Student experience: Open students’ eyes and inspire them with exposure to new experiences: a field trip to a professional theatre production, attendance at a state theatre conference or national theatre festival with interactions from industry professionals and students from other regions.
- Teacher development: Provide professional mentoring and resources to empower the educator to expand the theatre program. For example, fund a master class with teacher visits; training sessions with professional technical directors, writers, choreographers, and set designers; travel costs for a teacher to attend professional development conferences.

Applications will be judged on a combination of compelling stories, financial need, and potential impact on the school theater program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182853

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All high schools nationwide are eligible to apply for the grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline is February 6, 2018.

The first 5 schools to apply will receive a show poster signed by the RISE cast.

Any school that applies by January 22, 2018 will be entered in a drawing for additional prizes.

Winning schools will be announced mid-March. Timing is subject to change.

Contact Information:

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

The online application form can be found on the URL for Full Text link below.

For questions, please contact the Foundation at

Marion Combs

Educational Theatre Foundation
2343 Auburn Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45219-2815

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Geographic Focus:

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