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The Jim Henson Foundation: Puppet Theater Grants

Deadline: March 14, 2016

The Jim Henson Foundation awards grants each year for the creation and development of innovative works of puppet theater, including:

  • Production Grants to support the production of new works ready to be presented in the coming year
  • Workshop Grants to support the development and workshopping of puppet theater pieces
  • Family Grants to fund the development of new and innovative work specifically for children, families, and teenagers

Workshop Grants and Production Grants can be combined over a two year period for the greatest benefit to the piece; however, a Production Grant does not need to be preceded by a Workshop grant.

Grants are made for the development of new works of live puppet theater. Live puppet performance needs to be an integral element of any proposed project. Productions that utilize other media and genres will be considered, but a substantial portion of the piece must feature puppetry that is well-executed in both design and performance.

Amount: Grant amounts depend on the type of grant as follows:

  • Production grants: $7,000
  • Workshop Grants: $3,000
  • Family Grants are: $4,000.

Eligibility: Grants are made to tax-exempt organizations. Individual artists may apply, but must apply through a fiscal sponsor. Applications for international collaborations are accepted, but the primary artist and fiscal sponsor must be American.

Link: http://www.hensonfoundation.org/index.php/grant-application/guidelines

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