Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Grants for Theater

OVERVIEW: The Foundation for Contemporary Arts supports diverse theater projects and productions.

IP TAKE: This funder offers unrestricted grants to individuals in theater and the performing arts rather than to specific programs.

PROFILE: The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) was founded by artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg in 1963. Since then it has been awarding grants “to encourage, sponsor, and promote innovative work in the arts created and presented by individuals, groups, and organizations.” Theater grants are awarded out of the foundation’s Grants to Artists program.

Unrestricted theater grants of $40,000 are awarded to artists who have been nominated by their peers. Final grant recipients are chosen by a distinguished selection panel. Past grantees include writer and director Annie Dorsen, and stage and artistic director Yuval Sharon. To learn more about FCA grantees, explore its grant recipients page.

In addition to its regular grantmaking, FCA offers the $40,000 Robert Rauschenberg Award to visual and performing artists “in recognition of outstanding achievement that reflects the spirit of its namesake.” Unsolicited applications and nominations are not accepted for this award program.

Finally, FCA's Emergency Grants program offers financial support to artists who have incurred unexpected expenses or have been presented with unanticipated opportunities for which they do not have the time to seek out other funding sources. Emergency grants range from between $200 and $2,500. Open applications are accepted for this program.

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