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Funding Update: March 2019

Funding opportunities, from grants, to scholarships, to fellowships, to anything else you can imagine, will be shared here.


Want to see more? Check out our Database of Funding Opportunities to see even more funding opportunities for Queer Youth Theater and beyond.


Thiel Fellowship

What: Fellowship to create something

For: Young people under age 23 who are not in school, or who will leave school to work on their fellowship project

Location: Worldwide

Deadline: Rolling

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Founded by technology entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel in 2011, the Thiel Fellowship is a two-year program for young people who want to build new things. Thiel Fellows skip or stop out of college to receive a $100,000 grant and support from the Thiel Foundation’s network of founders, investors, and scientists.


Immigrant Rights Fund - Action Fund

What: Grants up to $2,500

For: Non-profit organizations and fiscally sponsored groups, immigrant-led and immigrant-serving efforts

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Deadline: Rolling

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The Immigrant Rights Fund will support both the immediate and long-term needs of immigrants in our borough and across New York City, while strengthening collaboration among immigrant-serving and ally nonprofits.

The Action Fund offers support for ongoing civil resistance and organizing efforts—including community-building, bystander training, public education, action planning, and event logistics—with grants up to $2,500.


Stonewall Community Foundation: Bee's Fund

What: Microgrant, $25-$650

For: female‐identified people, including lesbians, bisexual women,

and transwomen, ages 18‐25, whose own families have withdrawn emotional and/or financial support because of their sexual and/or gender identity.

Location: USA

Deadline: Rolling

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The Stonewall Community Foundation is proud to offer grants that benefit LGBTQ individuals who have an express need for support. These microgrants, as we call them, range from $25 to $650, with some flexibility depending on the request. Right now, microgrants are made exclusively through the Bee Winkler Weinstein Fund and are awarded to help young women who have lost family support because of their sexual orientation or gender identity in becoming self-sufficient. Applicants must be between 18 and 25 years old, reside in the United States, and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans.

Expenses that may be covered by a microgrant include, but are not limited to:


  • GED tutoring or classes

  • Uniforms necessary for work

  • Undergraduate college application fees

  • Vocational training, licensing, and testing fees

  • Domestic needs, such as bedding or rental security deposits

  • Securing legal name changes or gender-affirming IDs


Princess Grace Foundation-USA: Theater Grants

What: Scholarships, Apprenticeships, and Fellowships

For: US Citizens in their last year of theater education or working with a non=profit theater company

Location: USA

Deadline: April 1, 2019

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SCHOLARSHIPS for tuition assistance for the last year of professional training at a non-profit school located in the United States. Please note, grants are based on tuition costs only; no other expenses (i.e. room and board, materials, books, etc.) may be included.


APPRENTICESHIPS and FELLOWSHIPS for artistic compensation for an individual artist (exclusive of benefits) nominated by a professional, non-profit theater company. Nominees may not have worked with the company for more than five years at the time of application. PGF-USA seeks to foster relationships that nurture and support the applicant’s artistic growth during the grant period.


National Endowment for the Arts: Challenge America

What: Project Grant

For: Small and mid-sized organizations

Location: USA

Deadline: April 11, 2019 (make sure to register in March and prepare materials beforehand!)

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The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present.


Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

What: Award

For: Youth, ages 8-18

Location: USA

Deadline: April 15, 2019

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The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment.


Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership Program

What: Training and Mentorship Program

For: Early to mid-career directors and choreographers

Location: USA

Deadline: April 22, 2019

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The Observership Program provides early to mid-career directors and choreographers paid opportunities to observe the work of master directors and choreographers as they create productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at leading regional theatres across the country. SDCF Observers may have access to the entire rehearsal process from first rehearsal through opening night. Observers will have the invaluable opportunity to observe first-hand the techniques, disciplines, approaches and insights of master artists as they create new productions and revive classics. In addition to Observership opportunities provided through SDCF, members of the Observership class are also eligible to apply for the Kurt Weill Fellowship and the Shepard and Mildred Traube Fellowship.




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The Pride Youth Theater Alliance is fiscally sponsored by The Theater Offensive in Boston, MA whose mission is to present the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation, challenges the status quo, and builds thriving communities.

The Pride Youth Theater Alliance is generously supported by the Mukti Fund, a small private foundation established in 1983 to support cultural heritage, environmental projects, and Queer Youth Theater.