MAP Fund: Grants for Theater

OVERVIEW: MAP Fund supports diverse artists who challenge longstanding social and cultural hierarchies in the United States.

IP TAKE: MAP typically receives around 1,000 applications each grant cycle. Grant seekers should expect a good deal of competition here.

PROFILE: Founded in 1989, the MAP Fund “supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry,” and it prioritizes “artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape.”

The MAP Fund has had an interesting journey. In 1989 the Rockefeller Foundation launched the MAP Fund. From 2001 to 2016, Creative Capital administered the fund. In 2008, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation became its primary funder. In 2010 the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation would also become a major financial backer. Finally, in 2016 the MAP Fund officially become an independent nonprofit, partnering with ArtsPool for administrative support.

In the field of theater, 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 theater 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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