Embrey Family Foundation: Grants for Theater

OVERVIEW: The Embrey Family Foundation supports theater productions and organizations across the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder typically awards project specific grants rather than those for general operating support.

PROFILE: The Dallas-based Embrey Family Foundation was established in 2004 by the late J. Lindsay Embrey, who remains well-known for his generous support of local Texas communities. Embrey’s daughters Lauren and Gayle, who have backgrounds in filmmaking and the arts, now run the foundation. Given the sisters' backgrounds, the foundation has become a strong supporter of various film and arts projects, especially those located in Texas. Beyond the arts, Embrey also focuses on human rights, collaborative connections, racial equality, gender equity, racial equity and social justice.

According to the foundation’s tax filings, EFF typically supports smaller, local theater organizations, such as the Cara Mia Theater in Dallas, Texas and the Thunder River Theater in Carbondale, Colorado. EFF awards grants to organizations located across the United States. However, it prioritizes those located in Texas and Colorado.

Foundation-wide, Embrey grants range from $10,000 to $50,000. Some grants fall between $100,000 to $500,000. The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications; however, full proposals are accepted by invitation only.


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