Princess Grace Foundation: Grants for College Performing Arts

OVERVIEW: The Princess Grace Foundation gives higher education performing arts grants in the form of scholarships and fellowships in theater, dance, and film. Depending on the grant category, the foundation allocates funds towards either tuition or project costs.

IP TAKE: Grantees must be affiliated with a school and nominated by their dean or department chair. The foundation does not accept applications from private individuals.

PROFILE: Prince Rainier III of Monaco established the Princess Grace Foundation in 1982 to honor his late wife, the actress Grace Kelly. The foundation is “dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.” According to the foundation, it has awarded more than $11 million in the form of over 800 separate awards over the course of its history. Among its grantees, the foundation counts Tony, Golden Globe, and MacArthur “genius grant” award winners, as well as the creator of “Spongebob Squarepants.” PGF supports theater, dance, choreography, film, and animation.

The Princess Grace Foundation’s grants support individuals who win the Princess Grace Award. To receive an award, the individual must be nominated by the dean or chair of his or her academic organization. Additionally, all applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and all work related to the grant must be completed within the United States.

Students are eligible in Playwriting, Dance Performance, Choreography, Theater, Film, and, starting in 2018, Animation. For all categories except film, awardees must be entering their final year of schooling and may use their grant only for tuition. Film applicants must use their grant to finance their final film project and may not use it for tuition or fees. See their guidelines page for further details on eligibility.

The Princess Grace Foundation also provides additional grants, but only to previous winners of the Princess Grace Award. These include Professional Development, Special Projects, and Works in Progress.

Grants typically range in size from $7,000 to $30,000. Applications are available on the foundation's website in February of each year, but only a dean or department head may nominate candidates. Deadlines vary by award field. We advise applicants to study the foundation’s complex website, which is always evolving.

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