Foundation Opens New Round of Fine Arts Grants

Private Funder: Shubert Foundation; Opportunity: Theater Grants Competition; Funding Focus: Live performing arts (children theater groups are eligible and encouraged to apply); Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Recent grants range from $5,000 to $275,000; Deadline: Dec. 1.

Summary: These grants sustain the performing arts, with an emphasis on theater and a secondary focus on dance. Criteria for children’s theater correspond to those for theater companies. Approximately 70% of Shubert funding is directed to nonprofit, professional theaters — and 13% to dance companies — with an emphasis on producing, rather than presenting, organizations. The Shubert Foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support, rather than funding for specific projects. Larger grants generally are awarded to organizations that have been on the foundation’s roster for several years.

Education groups have won awards in the past. The foundation gave $85,000 to the Seattle Children’s Theater Assn. for K-12 education programs and $100,000 to the Children’s Theater Company & School, Minneapolis, MN, for general support.

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