Gannett Foundation: Grants for Theater

OVERVIEW: The Gannett Foundation supports a variety of theater companies located in areas in which the company operates.

IP TAKE: The Gannett Foundation’s theater-related grants often support local and grassroots companies rather than large, national groups.

PROFILE: The Gannett Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the media and marketing company, Gannett. The foundation has six main grantmaking programs including GannettMatch, VolunteerMatch, Community Action Grants, Media Grants, Disaster Relief Grants, and Executive Grants.

Gannett’s Community Action Grant program offers grant opportunities to grantseekers working in the Theater space. Community Action grants are awarded to organizations in which Gannett has an employee and/or operational presence. According to the foundation’s website, it values “projects that take a creative approach to fundamental issues,” naming arts and culture among those fundamental issues.

Grants amounts tend to range between $1,000 and $5,000. The foundation also awards theater-related grants through its GannettMatch and Volunteer Match programs. These grants are comparatively smaller, and range from $100 to $1,000. However, the foundation will match up to $10,000 for both programs.

Organizations that are geographically eligible may complete an unsolicited grant application and send it in to their local Gannett publisher. Deadlines for submissions fall on February 28 and August 29 of each year. Arts organizations located in the Washington, DC Metro are not eligible Community Action grants.


  • Search for staff contact info and bios in PeopleFinder (paid subscribers only.)


Grantmaking Programs

Community Action Grant Guidelines