Social Impact Theatre – Grant Application


LOI for Social Impact Theatre Grants

LOIs, or initial applications, are due on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 5:00 PM PST. Please apply through the Foundation’s online portal.

To access the online portal, you must register your organization with a new account, or log in with your existing account. The grant system will utilize an email address as your log-in; all notifications about your grant will route to the email address you choose. Be sure to choose an email address that is monitored and can be used by anyone working on the grant application. You can watch this tutorial for more information on how to set up an online login.

Once logged in, select “Apply” found above “Applicant Dashboard.”

Grant Process and Timeline

Interested organizations may request funding for one production. From this applicant pool, select organizations will be invited to submit a full application. Social impact theatre grants can cover artistic, production, and community engagement 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 production, and alignment with one or more of the Biller Family Foundation’s focus areas. Social impact theatre grant opportunities are offered annually.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021: Initial Application/LOI Released

Thursday, December 16, 2021: Optional Online Information Session, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (PST)

This is an opportunity to learn more about our grant program and ask any questions you may have. Please note, attendance in no way impacts your application. RSVP to to receive the zoom access details.

Friday, January 21, 2022: LOIs due by 5:00 pm (PST) 

Thursday, February 3, 2022: Selected Organizations Invited to Submit a Full Application

Monday, February 28, 2022: Full Applications Due by 5:00 p.m. (PST)

Friday, April 1, 2022: Recipients Announced

Eligibility Requirements

The Social Impact Theatre Grant Program offers funding for contemporary, professional, theatrical productions that deal with current social issues. At least 75% of the selected production’s cast must be professional actors. The production must have a plot and use language (spoken, sung, and/or signed). Dance, opera, symphony, and touring Broadway productions are not eligible for funding. We seek to promote productions that are new works, are no more than 100 years old, and that are not adaptations of classics. To be eligible for consideration, scripts should be completed at the time of your application. There must be at least 15 fully-produced public performances of the production. Due to the application timeline, productions should premiere between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022.

Additionally, an applicant must be a nonprofit organization:

  • domiciled in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, or Washington State with IRS-determined 501(c)(3) status
  • whose only mission is to produce and present theatre
  • with a history of at least two consecutive years of bringing theatre to its community
  • with annual revenue of at least $1,000,000 for the two most recently-completed fiscal (please note: if COVID has impacted your eligibility, please provide the annual revenue for your organization’s two most recent fiscal years predating COVID impacts);
  • And will present a minimum of 15 performances of the production for which they are applying.

LOI – Initial Application Questions

The following information will be requested:

  1. Organization Name: Please provide the legal name of you organization 
  2. Tax ID: Please provide your organization’s tax ID number 
  3. Mailing Address: Please provide your organization’s mailing address
  4. Mission Statement: Please provide your organization’s mission statement (eligible organizations must have a mission to produce or present theatre)
  5. History: Has your theatre been in operation for at least two years? (eligible organizations must answer yes)
  6. Revenue: Please provide your organization’s annual revenue for the two most recently-completed fiscal years (eligible organizations must have a minimum annual revenue of $1M. Please note: if COVID has impacted your eligibility, please provide the annual revenue for your organization’s two most recent fiscal years predating COVID impacts);
  7. Production Name: Please provide the name of production for which you are seeking funds
  8. Professional Actors: Are at least 75% of actors in the production paid for their work? (eligible organizations must answer yes)
  9. Production Type: Is this production being produced, premiered, or presented? (please note that professional touring productions are ineligible)
  10. Production Run: Please provide the dates of the production’s opening and closing performances. (eligible productions must occur between January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022)
  11. Number of Performances: Please provide the total number of performances. If the number of performances has not been determined, an estimate is sufficient. (eligible productions must have a minimum of 15 fully-produced public performances)
  12. Stage: Will performances take place on a stage in a professional theatre? Y/N. If answering no, please provide a brief explanation.
  13. Age of Production: Was this piece written within the last 100 years? (eligible organizations must answer yes)
  14. Summary: Provide a brief summary (two to three sentences) of the production.
  15. Social Issue(s): What are the primary social issues addressed by the production? 
  16. Script: Is the script fully complete? (eligible organizations must answer yes)
  17. Script Excerpt: Provide a 20-page excerpt of the script that exemplifies how the piece engages the audience around a particular issue. 
  18. Context: Provide context for the script excerpt, noting which portion of the story is highlighted.
  19. Violence: Does this production contain physical or graphic violence? If yes, please describe the nature.