Attention Theater Companies and Playwrights! Check Out These Two Grant Opportunities

Today's post brings news of two grant opportunities aimed at the theater world. The first, courtesy of the Shubert Foundation, targets nonprofit, professional resident theater companies. The second, provided by the San Francisco-based Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation in partnership with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, funds the creation and production of new works by California playwrights.

Let's start with the first, shall we?

As we've previously noted in these pages, the Shubert Foundation's grant dollars are, to the right recipient, more valuable than your typical grant dollar. And that's because they allocate funding for "any operational support costs the grantees determine." (For example, it does not support project-related costs, audience development, subsidies for reduced-price admissions, and renovation projects.)

And so the foundation has begun accepting applications for theater companies and, to a lesser extent, dance troupes (Shubert's "secondary" focus).  Shubert notes that grants will only be made to organizations that have an "established artistic and administrative track record, as well as a track record of fiscal responsibility."

Applications in the dance, arts-related, and education categories must be submitted by October 15, 2015. Theater applications must be submitted by December 1, 2015. For more information and to apply, click here.

Let's now turn to the second grant offering, conjured up by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation in partnership with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Their 2015 Theater Commissioning Awards are part of a three-year, $900,000 initiative by the foundations to support the works of individual Bay Area artists. Last year, the initiative supported choreography; in 2016, it supports music.

This year, grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to projects that encourage the creative endeavors and professional development of promising California playwrights. The resulting works will have their world premieres in Bay Area public performances between December 2016 and June 2018. Proposed commissions in all theater forms will be considered.

To be eligible, applicants must be nonprofit and based in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma.

An advisory panel of theater experts from across the United States will review all proposals, and final selections will be made by the Gerbode Foundation. Winners will be announced in January 2016.

For more information and to apply click here.