OVERVIEW: The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation is a relatively small organization that focuses its giving around works (primarily plays) that "present LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/ transgender) life in a positive manner and are based on, or inspired by, a historical person, culture, event or work of art." It also gives production grants for theater.
IP TAKE: The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation's awards go only to full-length works. Also note, all proposals must be submitted via email.
PROFILE: The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation gives out grants for plays that presents LGBT life in a positive light in some way. The work must also be based on or "inspired by a historical person, culture, work of art or event." According to the foundation's website, "the past must be central, not incidental, to the work," and LGBT issues or identities must also figure prominently.
The foundation generally accepts applications for its writing competition from March through June of each year. Three tiers of prizes are awarded in each cycle: First Prize, $3,000; Second Prize, $1,500; Honorable Mentions, $500. You can find past award recipients here.
The foundation also offers production grants for non-profit organizations (theatrical companies, film and video production organizations) to "offset expenses in producing theatrical works (plays, musicals, operas, choral works, orchestral works with text) and film or video." These grants tend to be around $1,000 each and never exceed $3,000. Past recipients include Theatre for the New City, Screaming Weenie Productions in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Elephant Theatre Company in Hollywood. For a full list of competition awards since 1996, click here. It should also be noted that production grants are given out on a rolling basis and there are no deadlines for proposals.