Grants for Teachers and Schools

Grants for Teachers, Troupes, and Schools

Conference, ITF, Thespian Relief Grants, and more


The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and its philanthropic arm, the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), offer financial support to educators, troupes, and schools who wish to participate in the organization's activities and events, including the International Thespian Festival (ITF) and EdTA National Conference. In addition, special one-time-only grants are available for school theatre programs.

Thespian Relief Grant Recipients at Salem High School in Conyers, Georgia
Thespian Relief Grant Recipients at Salem High School in Conyers, Georgia

Thespian Relief Grants



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 International Thespian Society troupe-related fees (dues and inductions) and a $1,000 grant that can be used for any theatre program-related expense, including show rights, equipment, travel, and more.


Update: New Troupe Charter Grants, Troupe Reinstatement Grants and Induction Assistance Grants are now a part of the Thespian Relief Grant program.

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.
Two thespians on stage at International Thespian Festival
Thespians on stage at International Thespian Festival 2019

Send a Troupe to International Thespian Festival Grant



The Send a Troupe to International Thespian Festival Grant awards up to $10,000 to be used toward ITF registration fees for a teacher, inducted Thespians, and appropriate number of chaperones.

This grant program is currently on hold until ITF resumes in person.

Apply for a grant for the 2021 Virtual International Thespian Festival registration.
Wade Norton, recipient of the Administrative Award in 2019, speaking at Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, MO
Wade Norton, recipient of the EdTA Administrator's Award in 2019, speaking at Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, MO

National Conference Grant



The National Conference Grant covers the basic Conference registration fee for up to seven EdTA members. EdTA’s National Conference is an annual professional development experience designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of theatre educators so that they can better contribute to their school, students, and the profession.

Dothan Preparatory Academy in Alabama, recipient of a Thespian Relief Grant
Dothan Preparatory Academy in Alabama, recipient of a Thespian Relief Grant

Linda P. Wise Grant for Theatre Educators



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.

Next grant cycle opens fall 2021