Individual, Troupe and School Theatre Program Aid
The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and its philanthropic arm, the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), offer several options for financial aid to individuals or troupes wanting to participate in the organization and national events including the International Thespian Festival (ITF) and EdTA National Conference. In addition there are special, one-time-only grants for school theatre programs.
Currently accepting applications:
Thespian Relief Grants exist to help school theatre programs in need. Two types of grants are offered; a $500 grant that can be used for EdTA Troupe related fees (dues & inductions) and a $1000 grant that can be used for any theatre program related expense including show rights, equipment, travel and more. Thespian Relief Grants will be offered in cycles through the course of the 2020-21 school year and priority is given to those schools that demonstrate the greatest need. Grants will be available and distributed monthly, though grant cycles may be longer depending on available funding.
Thanks to Concord Theatricals for sponsoring the Thespian Relief Grants issued in March 2021, and Broadway Licensing for donating licenses to all schools who receive grants.
New Troupe Charter Grants, Troupe Reinstatement Grants and Induction Assistance Grants are now a part of the Thespian Relief Grant program.
The Doug Finney Festival Grant is a need-based grant given annually to four high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are inducted members of the International Thespian Society (ITS). This grant program is currently on hold until there is an in-person Festival. To apply for a grant for the 2021 Virtual International Thespian Festival registration go here.
The Ronald L. Longstreth International Thespian Festival Grant is a one-time grant for students who are not United States citizens, who reside in a foreign country, and are inducted members of the International Thespian Society (ITS) in a troupe in a foreign country or are active participants in a United States troupe if they are an exchange student. It covers basic 2021 Virtual International Thespian Festival registration fees for the student. This grant program is currently on hold until there is an in-person Festival. To apply for a grant for the 2021 Virtual International Thespian Festival registration go here.
The Send a Troupe to International Thespian Festival Grant was created with donations from many generous supporters of the Educational Theatre Association. One current Thespian troupe will receive a one-time grant of up to $10,000 to be used towards basic Virtual International Thespian Festival 2021 registration fees for a teacher, inducted Thespians, and appropriate number of chaperones. The application can be submitted by a Thespian troupe director or an inducted Thespian with the approval of the troupe director. This grant program is currently on hold until there is an in-person Festival. To apply for a grant for the 2021 Virtual International Thespian Festival registration go here.
Send a Leader Diversity Grants are awarded to student Thespians with experience in diversity-based leadership, service, and social justice activities, with preference given to students traditionally underrepresented in student leadership. Grants cover registration fees for the 2021 Virtual International Thespian Festival (ITF) and the Student Leadership Program. Deadline: April 1.
Thanks to Broadway Licensing for donating licenses to all students who receive grants.
The Leadership Grant was created by Joe Burnsworth, a former president of the Educational Theatre Association, and provides registration for one student to attend the 2021 Virtual International Thespian Festival. Qualifying students are those who have demonstrated leadership through Thespian activities by being a troupe or state chapter officer and have previously participated in the leadership-training program at Festival. Deadline: April 1.
The BookTix National Conference Grant covers the basic Conference registration fee for up to seven EdTA members. BookTix inherently believes in supporting theatre educators by providing resources to elevate school productions. To showcase this commitment, BookTix encourages EdTA members to reach a higher level of professional achievement by participating in EdTA’s National Conference and to enhance the knowledge and skills of experienced theatre educators so that they can better contribute to their school, students, and the profession. Deadline: April 1.
Closed (next cycle opens Fall 2021):
The Linda P. Wise Grant for Theatre Educators is a $500 grant awarded to EdTA professional members who are also theatre educators and present a well-laid plan for an in-class program in need of financial support. Deadline: December 1.
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