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Grants to USA Nonprofit Theater Companies for Programs to Expose Students to the Works of Shakespeare

Shakespeare in American Communities: Schools

GrantWatch ID# 165844
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Arts Midwest

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
LOI Date: 01/09/23
Deadline: 02/08/23 11:59 PM CT

Grant Description
Grants of $25,000 to USA nonprofit professional theater companies for performances and educational activities for students. Interested applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support programs that give middle and high school students the opportunity to experience the works of Shakespeare.

Project Requirements: 

  1. Perform a professional production of a play by Shakespeare; an adaptation of Shakespeare’s text; or a production that incorporates scenes, monologues, and/or sonnets by Shakespeare.
  2. Conduct related educational activities with students that further explore and address Shakespeare’s work in modern context.
  3. Reach five or more middle and/or high schools with a performance and related educational activities.

For more information on project requirements, see

Examples of eligible projects:

  • A theater company hosts an immersion day in their theater for middle school field trips. This includes their mainstage performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a post-show talkback, and a tour of backstage.
  • A theater company tours a professional bilingual (English-Spanish) adaptation of Romeo and Juliet to schools in their metropolitan area, offering in-class workshops after the show.
  • A theater company offers an original virtual production based on Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays, followed by an in-school residency.

For examples of eligible expenses, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Arts Midwest welcomes applications from all eligible organizations, including first-time applicants; organizations serving communities of all sizes, including rural and urban areas; and organizations with small, medium or large operating budgets.

Applicants must:
- Be a 501c3 nonprofit, professional theater company located in the U.S. and the Native nations that share this geography.
- Have a minimum of two years’ experience providing professional performances and related educational activities to middle and/or high schools.
- Compensate all performers and related or supporting professional personnel at no less than the prevailing minimum compensation. (This requirement is in accordance with the regulations issued by the Secretary of Labor in part 505 of Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations.)
- Agree to acknowledge Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts in all programs and press materials related to funded engagements.
- Have a valid Unique Entity ID via (free to acquire).
- Comply with Federal eligibility requirements.

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.

For examples of ineligible projects, see

Pre-Application Information
- Submit your Intent to Apply by Monday, January 9, 2023.
- Complete and submit the application form by Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 11:59 pm Central Time.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate matching funds on a 1:1 basis for their requested grant amount.

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Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may request grant awards ranging from $15,000 to $25,000.

Term of Contract
Arts Midwest is currently accepting applications for events occuring between August 1, 2023, and July 31, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Arts Midwest staff are available to help with your application. To schedule a meeting with a staff member, fill out the 15-minute consultation request form:

Joshua Feist, Director of Grantmaking

For accessibility questions and needs, please contact Carly Newhouse, program & accessibility manager, at or 612.238.8002.

Arts Midwest
3033 Excelsior Boulevard #380
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416

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