Annenberg Foundation: Grants for Theater

OVERVIEW: The Annenberg Foundation makes their grants to "visionary leaders of nonprofit organizations that provide impactful programs and services through collaborative models." They give highest priority to the five counties in the Greater Los Angeles area. Though their grants aren't explicitly restricted to organizations residing within this area, your program won't be considered if it doesn't at least have some connection to the greater L.A. region.

IP TAKE: The Annenberg Foundation does most of their funding in the arts, culture, and humanities to organizations in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino, and Ventura. If your program doesn't have services available to communities in this area, it's probably best to look elsewhere for your program funding.

PROFILE: The Annenberg Foundation's arts and humanities grants are available to agencies that serve the greater Los Angeles region, typically with budgets over $5 million. Those that don't serve this area shouldn't bother applying for these grants, and those with budgets of less than $5 million are encouraged to look into the application process for their Annenberg Alchemy, a free nonprofit leadership training run by the Foundation. Organizations that have programs that serve the five-county region of Greater Los Angeles, but are headquartered elsewhere are allowed to apply.

The majority of Annenberg grants range between $10,000 and $100,000, with most averaging around $75,000. The focus of their grantmaking is on organizations with strong leadership, staff, and boards of directors, which is what they consider the nonprofit sector’s most valued assets. According to their grantmaking guidelines, in considering applications they focus on an organization's leadership, commitment to diversity, population served, impact, sustainability, innovation, organizational strength, and partnerships.

There are no deadlines for proposals, which are submitted online. The step-by-step application process, along with templates for the required supporting documents, can be viewed here.

Some past recipients of Annenberg Foundation funds include $25,000 to the Delta Blues Foundation for artist stipends as part of their Arts and Education Program; $10,000 to the Angels Gate Cultural Center for "capacity building efforts, including a board retreat focusing on board development and strategic planning"; $10,000 to the 18th Street Arts Complex for a staff and board retreat; and $100,000 to the Norris Center for the Performing Arts for the construction of their Education Building, a facility that enables the expansion of their education department.

No grants are made to individuals under any of Annenberg's programs. Any questions about their guidelines or application can be emailed here. They say all inquiries are answered within three business days.

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