Classroom Resources Grants
With the generous support of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the American Theatre Wing is investing in Public Schools to help drama teachers get more of the resources they need to provide quality drama instruction in their schools. Through a grant-giving program, funding will be provided directly to under-resourced public schools to provide instruments, dance floors, lighting grids, and other necessary materials to help create new and enhance existing theatre programs.
Who can apply?
Any individual public K-12 school or non-profit parent group associated with that public K-12 school.
Private/parochial schools, home schools, and pre-schools are not eligible.
Parent groups (Parent Teacher Associations, etc.) may apply, but must have an independent EIN and official 501c(3) status from the IRS. If your group does not have 501c(3) status, please apply through your school, however, the PTA can still be the point of contact for a proposal.
What Kinds of Project Proposals are Competitive?
This component of the Initiative allows teachers to apply directly for resources they need to nurture young talent in their schools, whether it be musical instruments, a dance floor, costumes, a lighting grid, or licensing support.
Grant requests of up to $100,000 will be considered, but the priority of our funding will be for resource requests in the $10,000 to $40,000 range, allowing us to extend meaningful resources to multiple deserving schools each year.
Grant funding can be used for:
Resources to enhance learning in the areas of theatre and the performing arts. This can include:
- Capital costs of equipment and labor required to install that equipment.
- Costs associated with arts related events, especially the presentation of plays, musicals, and other theatrical performances.
- Supplies related to the production of plays, musicals, or other theatrical events.
- Special trips/events, including student trips or tours in support of drama/theatre education
- Theatre tickets for students to see professional productions
Funding may not be used for:
- Individuals and families (including scholarships--please see our other program initiatives)
- Religious denomination-sponsored programs or events (holiday pageants, etc.)
- Sponsorship of fundraising events (i.e. dinners, walks, golf tournaments and auctions)
- Advertising or marketing
- Sports teams or athletic events (parade floats, etc.)
- Development or production of books, films, videos or television programs
- Endowment campaigns or scholarship campaigns
- Continuing education for teachers and staff
- Institutional overhead and/or indirect cost (i.e. salaries, stipends, benefits)
- Memorial campaigns
- Multi-year requests
- July 29 – Applications available
- September 30 – Deadline to apply
- November – Review process, selections made by panel of industry experts
- December – Notification of Grants