Social Impact Theatre – Grant Program FAQ

When is the next grant application cycle?

Grant cycles generally begin in mid-January and mid-July.

How does the Foundation define social impact theatre?

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

What does the Foundation look for in audience engagement and partnerships?

The Foundation seeks to support productions accompanied by partnerships and engagement plans that will create an important conversation within the community about a highly relevant and timely social issue. We value interesting and unique partnerships and engagement plans, and encourage applicants to think outside the box in development their partnerships. We appreciate when applicants demonstrate a balanced approach to partnerships and ensure that all sides of a given social issue(s) are considered.

We have not solidified our community outreach tactics or our community partners. How should we address the audience, outreach, and partnership questions?

If your community partners and outreach tactics are not solidified, please describe successful partnerships and outreach tactics from previous productions, and list any intended or planned partnerships for the production you are submitting for a grant.

What are the eligibility requirements for the grant program?

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

My organization does not meet the annual revenue requirement (revenue of at least $750,000 for each of the two most recently-completed fiscal years). Can we still apply?

Applicants must meet the annual revenue requirement. However, we encourage theatres that do not meet requirements on their own, to partner with theatres that do.

Can we apply under a fiscal sponsor?

No. We do not accept applications through fiscal sponsors.

How does the Foundation define professional actor?

For the purposes of this application, we define professional actors as actors who are paid for their work. Actors are not required to be union members.

Will the Foundation fund a dance, opera, or symphony production?

No.