COVID-19 Social Impact Theatre Innovation Awards – Application


Application for COVID-19 Social Impact Theatre Innovation Awards

Applications are due by Friday, April 16, 2021 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 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.”

Award Process and Timeline

Award process:

Interested and eligible organizations may apply for an award by submitting an application for one project. Eligible projects must be presented to or ultimately intended for external audiences/participants and must be currently underway or have taken place anytime since the start COVID-19 (March 2020 – present). From the applicant pool, the Foundation will determine general operating support award recipients guided by the following priorities:

  • Diverse geography of theatres funded.
  • Projects making or intended to make a social impact by utilizing the power of theatre to spark dialogue, bring different viewpoints together on challenging subjects, and provide a lens to process the critical issues of contemporary society. Further priority given to projects that can demonstrate how the project impacts the broader community.
  • Theatres that are innovative in their approach/creatively using the resources available to them.
  • Theatres that have been responsive to audience feedback and/or events happening in their community.


Award Timeline:

Monday, March 15, 2021: Application Opens.

Thursday, March 25, 2021: Online Information Session, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (PST)
This is an opportunity to learn more about this award and ask your questions!
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Friday, April 16, 2021: Applications due by 5:00 p.m. (PST).

Week of April 26, 2021: Recipients Announced.

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must be a nonprofit organization that:

  • Is domiciled in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, or Washington State with IRS-determined 501c3 status;
  • Has a mission of bringing theatre to the community;
  • Has remained engaged with audiences during COVID-19 by presenting content over the past year;
  • And had an annual operating revenue of at least $1,000,000 in the most recent full fiscal year predating COVID-19.

An applicant must apply with a project or program that:

  • Is being presented to or ultimately intended for external audiences/participants (i.e. not internal trainings, career development opportunities);
  • Is currently underway or took place anytime since the start of COVID-19 (March 2020 – present).

Application Questions

The following information will be requested:


Organization Name: Please provide the name of your organization.

Tax ID Number: Please provide your organization’s Tax ID Number.

Organization Location: Please provide the city and state where your organization is domiciled.

Mission Statement: Please provide your organization’s mission statement.

Annual Revenue: Please provide the annual revenue for your organization’s most recent full fiscal year that predates covid impacts.

Operations Summary: Please provide a summary of theatre operations during COVID-19 and how you have remained engaged with audiences over the past year.

Feedback: Describe how your organization has changed any of its content offerings based on audience feedback and/or events happening in your community.



Project Name: Name of Project.

Project Description: Please provide a project description. If a live or virtual production is part of the project, please include a plot summary. If the production contains violence, please describe the nature of violence.

Social Impact: Please describe the project’s anticipated social impact.

Collaborations/Partnerships: Does this project include any collaborations or partnerships? If so please summarize.

Success: Please describe what defines success for this project.

Project Timeline: Please provide project timeline.

Project Budget: Please upload the project budget. Budget document must be in a PDF file.

Additional Details (optional): Is there anything else you want to share with us about your project?


Applications are due by Friday, April 16, 2021 at 5:00 PM PST. Please apply through the Foundation’s online portal.