LA's Center Theatre Group is on a roll. They announced they received a $600,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation to support its new community-based arts engagement programs, which comes on the heels of recent $1 million dollar audience programming grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Clearly the group understands what funders are looking for. So how are they doing it?
The Milwaukee Repertory Theater announced it received a one-time grant of $250,000 from the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) to help repair its building, located in the heart of the city. That's great news for Milwaukee as well as other nonprofits looking for guidance on how to solicit funds to renovate dilapidated spaces.
The "challenge grant" poses the classic good news/bad news scenario. The good news: an arts organization can receive some much-needed funding. The bad news: if they don't raise a portion themselves, they'll get nothing. Such is the situation facing the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre. If they raise $150,000 by the first of June, they'll receive a critical $450,000 grant from the Emerson Foundation.
Center Theatre Group, a nonprofit theatre organization based in Culver City, CA, recently received a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help build out its program offerings across the Los Angeles area. A closer analysis suggests that their approach can be viewed as a model for other big-city nonprofit theater groups looking to secure donor dollars.