Theater actors don't always enjoy the pop-culture limelight the way their movie and television counterparts do. Though highly respected, the profession doesn't always get much love from the philanthropy world either. There are many institutions that support theater as a whole, but there aren't many foundation grants specifically for the actors themselves. The William & Eva Fox Foundation are one of the few private grant making foundations that does provide that support. The Fox Foundation, in partnership with the Theater Communications Group (See Theatre Communications Group: Grants for Theater), provides up to $25,000 of support to both emerging and established actors in the theater world.
Since its inception in 1987, the Fox Foundation has given over $3 million to "underwrite periods of intensive study, research and training by actors recognized as having a serious commitment to the theatre." It does this through the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, which fall into three categories: Extraordinary Potential Award, Distinguished Achievement Award, and Host Theater Award. It grants one fellowship yearly in at least two of the three categories.
The Extraordinary Potential Award is $15,000 and is given to "early to mid-career actors who have completed their training within the last fifteen years." It also comes with an additional $10,000 for student loan debt. The Distinguished Achievement Award is $25,000 and given to actors "who have demonstrated considerable experience in professional theatre with a substantial body of work." And the Host Theater Award ($7,500) is given in conjunction with a sponsored actor's residency.
The Fox Foundation is geared specifically to support theater actors, so actors working exclusively in other mediums are disqualified from applying. Its stated mission is to strengthen live theater, and it does so by nurturing the artistic development of individual actors through these fellowships in order to solidify their commitment to live performance. This is something not many other organizations are doing on the scale the Fox Foundation does. It also lends support to promote non-commercial theater companies in various ways.