MAP Fund: Grants for Theater

OVERVIEW: MAP offers grants to an array of artists who challenge and disrupt social and cultural norms and patriarchies in the United States. 

IP TAKE: In order to secure MAP funding, grantseekers' proposals must align closely with its mission or they may not receive funding. 

PROFILE: While established in 2016, the MAP Fund originally derives from a 1989 Rockefeller Foundation launched. In 2008 and 2010, the fund received further financial support from the Doris Duke Charitable and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundations. MAP partners with ArtsPool for administrative support. The fund supports “innovation and cross-cultural exploration in new works of live performance,” and focuses its support on artists and works that “question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape.” 

In the field of dance, MAP awards grants to a diverse group of artists and productions. In the past, it funded A Contemporary Theatre for Tale of the Heike, a partnership between playwrights Philip Kan Gotanda and Yussef El Guindi. In addition, Junebug Productions received an award for sponsoring Alleged Lesbian Activities by Last Call: New Orleans Dyke Bar History Project. To learn more about the dance projects and productions backed by MAP grants, explore its grantees page.

Grants range from $10,000 to $45,000. The fund has an open submission policy. Deadline dates are subject to change, but often fall toward the end of September for grants disbursed the following year.

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