How to Apply

2018-2019 Request for Proposals

Application deadline: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Intent to apply email: On or before December 15, 2017 (not binding)
Programming dates: August 1, 2018 – July 31, 2019

Arts Midwest annually invites proposals from theater companies across the nation to perform works by Shakespeare for middle- and high-school students between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019. Grants will be awarded to up to 40 theater companies to support performances and educational activities for students from 10 or more schools.

Grant Awards

The standard grant award is $25,000. All grants require nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. These funds derive from Federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (CFDA #45.024: Promotion of the Arts_Grants to Organizations and Individuals).

A theater company may not receive a Shakespeare in American Communities grant award and a direct grant from the National Endowment for the Arts or another Federal agency for the same project during the same or an overlapping period of support.

If selected, the theater company will enter into a Grant Agreement with Arts Midwest. The Grant Agreement will outline the terms and conditions, including Federal regulations and project and crediting requirements of the Shakespeare in American Communities award.

Selection Criteria

Applicants are evaluated by an independent advisory panel composed of theater peers and experts. Panel composition changes annually. The following selection criteria will be used in the panel’s assessment of the application. A theater company’s past participation in the program is not considered in this evaluation.

Theater companies will be selected based on:

  • The artistic excellence and merit of the production, including the quality of the director, professional team of actors, artistic staff, viewpoint, and evidence of sound artistic decisions.
  • The quality of related educational activities for students, including the content, credentials, and experience of teaching artists or actors, plans to deepen or broaden activities from previous years (if applicable).
  • The feasibility to reach 10 or more middle and/or high schools, including evidence of the company’s minimum of three years’ experience providing performances and educational activities to middle and/or high school students, methods used to communicate to schools, the strategy to include a majority of underserved schools, and plans to increase the number of schools or reach new schools (if applicable).
  • The capacity and ability to carry out the project, including the company’s history, qualifications of personnel, proven fiscal responsibility, and appropriate financial resources as evidence in the budgets.

Geographic diversity may be taken into consideration in the final selection of companies.

Selected theater companies will be expected to carry out the performances and educational activities consistent with their application. If changes occur, they must be discussed and approved by the Shakespeare in American Communities staff at Arts Midwest.

Review Process

  • All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by Arts Midwest staff for completeness.
  • The staff will contact you if there are any questions.
  • An email will be sent acknowledging receipt of your application and include a PDF for you to review prior to being sent to the advisory panel for review.

Notification and Grant Agreement

All applicants will receive email notification of award decisions in May 2018 following approval from Arts Midwest’s Board of Directors. If selected, the theater company will enter into a Grant Agreement with Arts Midwest. The Grant Agreement will outline the terms and conditions, including Federal regulations and project and crediting requirements of the Shakespeare in American Communities grant.

Contact

If you need guidance concerning the contents of the application, including the work sample, or experience technical difficulties, please contact Christy Dickinson, senior program director, at 612.238.8019 or [email protected].