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.
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
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
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and transwomen, ages 18‐25, whose own families have withdrawn emotional and/or financial support because of their sexual and/or gender identity.
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
Deadline: April 1, 2019
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
Deadline: April 11, 2019 (make sure to register in March and prepare materials beforehand!)
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
For: Youth, ages 8-18
Deadline: April 15, 2019
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
Deadline: April 22, 2019
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.