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Applicant Qualifications and Criteria

Application Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be a K‐12 public school in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, or non‐profit parent group associated with that school.
  • Demonstrate the school’s commitment to growing/enriching their theatre program.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Provide a signed letter of support for the project from school administration (Principal or Superintendent), pledging to use the funds as designated.      
  • Complete the online application.


Selection Criteria

Schools will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic achievement and potential. School must demonstrate a well‐developed theatre program or demonstrate commitment to and growth in theatre instruction, either during or outside of the school day.
  • Financial need.
  • Potential impact. Resources funded by this grant will have the potential to transform the school’s theatre program/instruction, have a long-term impact for the students and school, and/or assist the school’s theatre   program at a critical moment in its development.                  

Selection Process

Projects will be chosen through a panel process with a charge to identify and fund projects which will allow the initiative to support a diverse set of schools. Attention will be paid in the selection process to make sure there will be a range in grade level of students served, geographic regions represented, and type of projects supported. 


Recipient Responsibilities

   Those awarded a grant must:

  • Complete a grant agreement.
  • Agree to document and publicize the project on their own and in collaboration with the American Theatre Wing.
  • Complete proposed project (with the resources procured and in use) within an agreed upon timeline.
  • Supply a final report accompanied by budget outlining expenses and proof of funds spent.