AT&T Foundation: Grants for Theater

OVERVIEW: AT&T does not have a grantmaking program dedicated specifically to theater, but it awards plenty of grants to theaters and playhouses across the United States.

IP TAKE: Grant seekers should be aware that this is not the funder to approach for large sums. Most AT&T grants do not exceed $10,000.

PROFILE: The AT&T Foundation supports “programs that address quality-of-life issues, with an emphasis on improving education and advancing community development.” And while theater and the arts, in general, are not mentioned in that statement, both could easily qualify as contributors to community development. Grants are awarded to organizations within AT&T service regions, which is just about everywhere in the United States. 

AT&T does not have a specific theater program, but it funds theaters and playhouses across the country. The vast majority of the foundation’s theater grants go to smaller local theaters, playhouses, and opera houses. A few larger theaters receive funding but those are rare. Recent grants include the That’s Showbiz Theatre Company in Stockton, California, and the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Grants are modest, with most coming in between $1,000 and $10,000. AT&T is a big company but it is not unusual for corporate funders to make many small grants rather than fewer large grants.

The AT&T Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding. Applicants should provide a brief history of their organization, current objectives, problems being addressed, a timetable of implementation, and continuation plans after AT&T funding concludes. Materials should be sent to the attention of Nicole Anderson at the address provided below.


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