Social Impact Theatre – Grant Application

Initial Application for Theatre Enrichment Grants

Initial applications are due on DATE through the Foundation’s online portal.

When you access the online portal, you will have to register your organization with a new account or log in with your existing account. If you are a new applicant, choose a single, permanent email address for your organization’s account. As more than one person may be working on the application, it is critical to note that all staff must be able to access your account through one email login only. You may watch the YouTube tutorial for more information on how to set up an online login. Once logged in, select “Apply” found above “Applicant Dashboard.”

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must be a nonprofit organization that:

  • is domiciled in Alaska, California, Oregon, or Washington state with IRS-determined 501(c)(3) status
  • has a mission to produce or present theatre, or a theatre program that is integral to the mission of a larger organization (performing arts center, educational institution, or other community agency)
  • has a history of at least two consecutive years of bringing theatre to its community
  • has annual revenue of at least $750,000 for the two most recently-completed fiscal years

How does the Foundation define social impact theatre?

Social impact theatre is artistic content that promotes dialogue around relevant social issues.

Application Details

Interested organizations may request funding for one production. From the pool of initial applications, select organizations will be invited to submit a full application. Theatre enrichment grants can cover artistic, production, and overhead expenses. Specific grant amounts should not be requested; the Foundation will determine the award amount by considering multiple factors including production budget size, total potential audience, quality of the application, and alignment with one or more of the Biller Family Foundation’s focus areas. 

The selected production must have a cast made up mostly of professional actors. The production must have a plot and use language (spoken, sung, and/or signed). There must be at least ten fully-produced public performances of the production between December 1, 2017 and November 30, 2018. It is acceptable to apply for a production that has not yet been publicly announced. Please note that funds will need to be returned if the production does not come to fruition.

Theatre enrichment grant opportunities are offered in two cycles each year; organizations may apply in both cycles. Organizations cannot receive more than one grant per calendar year, nor can they apply while in an active funding relationship with the Foundation.


July 17: Initial Application Released: available through the Foundation’s online portal.

July 25: Online Information Session, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity to learn more about this grant and ask your questions!

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August 4: Initial Applications Due by 11:00 pm (PST)

by August 28: Selected Organizations Invited to Submit a Full Application

September 25: Full Applications Due by 11:00 p.m. (PST)

by October 23: Recipients Announced

Initial Application

The following information will be requested:


  • Legal Name of Organization and Tax ID Number
  • Website and Organization Mailing Address
  • Primary Contact for this application: Name, Title, Phone Number, and Email Address
  • Executive Officer Contact for the organization (if not the primary contact for this application)


  • Production: Name of production for which you are seeking funds. The production must be produced between December 1, 2017 and November 30, 2018.
  • Summary: Provide a summary (two to three sentences) of the production.
  • Schedule: Briefly list the projected performance schedule.
  • Synopsis: Provide a synopsis of the production’s plot and key themes.
  • Script Excerpt: Provide a 20-page excerpt of the script. Excerpt should contain a song or dialogue that exemplifies how the piece engages the audience around a particular issue.
  • Context: Provide context for the script excerpt, noting which portion of the story is highlighted.
  • Social issue: What relevant issues does the production address?
  • Promoting Conversations: How will you promote conversations around these issues?
  • Production Budget: Budget should include engagement and outreach activities.


  • Attendees: Provide the projected number of audience members for performances.
  • Audience Engagement: Share a brief summary of your audience engagement strategies for this production, describing how you will 1) welcome new and underrepresented audiences, and 2) provide opportunities for relevant conversations before and after performances with all attendees.
  • Community Partners: Identify your key community partners for this production. We are most interested to hear about partnerships with other nonprofit organizations, arts and cultural partners, government agencies, and/or schools; we are not seeking information on in-kind donors, artistic staff, etc.


  • Location: Select the state in which your organization is domiciled. (AK, CA, OR, WA).
  • Mission Statement: Please include your mission statement and, if available, include your vision statement and core values too.
  • Revenue: Provide annual revenue for most recently-completed fiscal year.
  • Facebook Page (if active)
  • Twitter Handle (if active)

Still Have Questions?

Participate in our Information Session on July 25 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

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