As You Like It post-show talkback. Photo by Lindsay Parker Rogers, courtesy of the American Shakespeare Center.
Preparing your grant application for Shakespeare in American Communities can be overwhelming. We’re here to help! Over the next few months, we’ll tackle some of the trickier components of the application, providing our advice based on years of experience reviewing applications and compiling panelist feedback.
Application Component: Performance and Educational Activities Spreadsheets
Performances and educational activities are at the core of the Shakespeare in American Communities program. The review panel needs to determine if your company is able to reach 10 or more middle and/or high schools, and these spreadsheets are the best indication of whether or not that is feasible. In theory, this sounds pretty straightforward. In practice, this can get messy.
- Do not exceed one page. We are only able to include one page per program year. That means that even if you give us five full pages, the panel will only see the first page.
- No need to reformat the spreadsheet template. We’ve done the hard work for you to make sure everything will fit nicely onto one page—all you need to do is input your information. If you change the margins, font, font size, etc., we will likely end up changing it back.
- Include a representative sample of activities and schools. Show us an array of educational activities, such performances, talkbacks, workshops, and/or others! Similarly, make sure the schools you include represent the full scope of the students you typically reach. For example, if you only include home schools in rural areas on your spreadsheet, the panel will assume you only reach home schools in rural areas. Make sure the spreadsheet represents what is actually taking place.
- No need to add columns for additional information. There are many opportunities throughout the application to further explain educational programming or talk about attendance numbers. This is not the place to do it.
- Empty rows are okay. Remember, the panel wants to see that you are able to reach 10 schools. If you reached 15 schools last year with your educational programming, that’s great! That leaves several rows blank on the spreadsheet, and that is a-okay.
In summary: Keep it simple!
Just type your data into the spreadsheet templates, and you should be good to go. In case you missed it, click here to see an example of a nice, clean spreadsheet.
Keep an eye on Shakespeare News for more application advice.
Still have questions? Contact us!
Christy Dickinson, senior program director, 612.238.8019
Ellen DeYoung, program associate, 612.238.8028