How to Apply

2022-2023 Request for Proposals

This year the program has two opportunities available for eligible applicants.

  1. Read the guidelines for each opportunity.
  2. The Intent to Apply is due on December 2, 2021. This is required and nonbinding. Please contact Christy Dickinson at 612.238.8019 if you have questions.
  3. Prepare your application. Each opportunity has a different application.
  4. Complete and submit the application form by Wednesday, February 2, 2022. If you are applying to both opportunities, an application for each opportunity must be submitted by this deadline.

Programming dates: August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023

Notification to applicants: May 2022

Shakespeare in American Communities: Schools

This opportunity is open to eligible 501c(3) professional theater companies that have produced Shakespeare or classically-based repertoire within the last five years and have a minimum of two years experience providing both performances and related educational activities for middle and/or high school students. The standard grant award is $25,000 will be awarded to up to 40 theater companies to support performances and related educational activities for students from 10 or more schools. These awards require nonfederal match of 1 to 1. See guidelines for more information.

Community theaters and University or College Departments of Theater are not considered a professional theater company for the purpose of this program do not meet the requirements to apply.

Shakespeare in American Communities: Juvenile Justice

This opportunity is open to eligible 501c(3) theater companies or organizations across the nation that have two years’ experience partnering with the justice system and engaging youths in a theater education program that illuminates the works of Shakespeare and addresses his work in modern context between August 1, 2022, and July 31, 2023. Grant awards of $15,000 – $25,000 will be awarded to 6-10 applicants to support theater education programs that reach youths within the juvenile justice system. These awards will not require a nonfederal match of 1 to 1. See guidelines for more information.

A theater company who is eligible for the Schools program may submit an application for the Juvenile Justice program if they meet the requirements. There must be no overlapping programming or costs between the applications and budgets.

Contact Us

Question about Intent to Apply or guidance for contents of application
Christy Dickinson, senior program director, 612.238.8019

Technical questions
Ellen DeYoung, grants specialist, 612.238.8028

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