Sprint Foundation: Grants for Theater

OVERVIEW: The Sprint Foundation’s theater-related grants are typically awarded to smaller and local organizations.

IP TAKE: This is a fairly approachable corporate funder that prioritizes local and regional organizations in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  

PROFILE: As the philanthropic arm of telecommunications giant Sprint, the Sprint Foundation was established in 1989.  The foundation supports disaster relief, arts and culture, youth development, and community development. It awards theater-related grants through its arts and culture funding priority. 

Sprint largely awards theater grants to local productions and companies. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. While the foundation prioritizes organizations located in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, it makes grants on a case-by-case basis to groups located beyond this region.

Sprint's latest tax filings reveal, however, that it supports organizations not located in the Kansas area. For instance, it funded Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Foundation and the D.C.-based organization Shakespeare Theatre. 

The Sprint Foundation accepts unsolicited grant proposals throughout the year via its online portal. The formal review process can take up to 90 days. Sprint does not make grants to individuals.

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