Social Impact Theatre – Grant Application


LOI for Social Impact Theatre Grants

LOIs, or initial applications, are due on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 11:00 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.”

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. Organizations cannot receive more than one grant per 12-month period, nor can they apply while in an active funding relationship with the Foundation.

Thursday, January 23, 2020: Initial Application/LOI Released

Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Online Information Session, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (PST)
This is an opportunity to learn more about this grant and ask your questions!
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Friday, February 28, 2020: LOIs due by 11:00 p.m. (PST)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020: Selected Organizations Invited to Submit a Full Application

Friday, May 8, 2020: Full Applications Due by 11:00 p.m. (PST)

Wednesday, June 10, 2020: 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 August 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021.

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 years

LOI – Initial Application Questions

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)


  • Mission Statement: Please include your mission statement and, if available, include your vision statement and core values.
  • Organizational background: Describe the work your organization does to fulfill its mission.
  • Geographic Region: Select the state in which your organization is domiciled. (AK, AZ, CA, CO, OR, WA).
  • Revenue: Provide annual revenue for your organization’s two most recently completed fiscal years.


  • Production Name: Name of production for which you are seeking funds.
  • Opening Night Date: Indicate the date of opening night.
  • Schedule: Briefly list the projected performance schedule.
  • Number of Performances: Provide the total number of performances. If the number of performances has not been determined, an estimate is sufficient.
  • Seating Capacity: What is the seating capacity of the theatre for the show?
  • Audience at Performances: Provide the total projected number of audience members for performances.
  • Stage: Will performances take place on a professional stage? Y/N
  • Age of Production: Was this piece written within the last 100 years? Y/N
  • Professional Actors: Are 75% of actors in the production professional (i.e. paid for their work)? Y/N
  • Production Type: Is this production being produced, premiered, or presented?
  • Summary: Provide a brief summary (two to three sentences) of the production.
  • Synopsis: Provide a synopsis of the production’s plot and key themes.
  • Script: Is the script for this production complete? Y/N
  • Script Excerpt: Provide a 20-page excerpt of the script 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.
  • Production Conclusion: Please provide a brief description of the production’s conclusion. Is there a resolution or decisive ending? Is it open to interpretation? What will the audience be left with in the final moments?


  • Social Issue: What are the primary social issues addressed by the production? (Limited to three choices)
  • Audience Engagement: Briefly describe how you plan to engage audiences around the primary social issues raised in the production.
  • Engagement Staffing: Which staff will be involved in audience and community engagement strategies? Please list titles of staff.
  • Pre and/or Post Show Conversation: Do you plan to provide opportunities for conversation for audiences pre and/or post show? Y/N
  • Community Outreach: Briefly describe how you plan to reach and engage new and underrepresented audiences.