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Workshop, Production, and Family Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Artists to Develop
and Produce Live Puppet Theater Performances

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Jim Henson Foundation

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Deadline Date:

09/09/19 Receipt


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Grants ranging from $3,000 to $7,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and artists for the development and creation of puppet theater performances. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support the planning and production of new, innovative works that meet high artistic standards in puppet theater.

The Jim Henson Foundation offers three types of grants:

1) Production Grants are awarded for the production of new works ready to be presented in the coming year.
2) Workshop Grants are for the development and workshopping of these pieces.
3) Family Grants fund the development of new and innovative work specifically for children, families, and teenagers. Family Grants will be evaluated by the same high artistic standards as works for adults.

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 proceeded by a Workshop grant and a Workshop Grant in no way ensures a future Production Grant.

Live puppet performance needs to be an integral element of any proposed project. While productions that utilize other media and genres will be considered for funding, a major portion of the piece must feature puppetry that is well-executed in both design and performance. Proposals for work that crosses or combines artistic genres will be considered for funding as long as puppetry is integral to the entire piece The mission of the Foundation is to fund excellence in puppet theater. Funding decisions are based on the quality of the puppetry.

The Foundation will prioritize work that can continue beyond a premiere. They look for shows that will live on through multiple performances with the potential to tour nationally and even internationally.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178153

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Production Grants: $7,000
- Workshop Grants: $3,000
- Family Grants: $4,000

Term of Contract:

Workshop Grants and Production Grants can be combined over a two year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Awards can be made only to IRS tax-exempt organizations.

The Foundation welcomes applications from individual artists, but those without 501(c)(3) status must apply through a fiscal sponsor.

Applications for international collaborations are accepted, but the primary artist and fiscal sponsor must be a US citizen. Projects that will only take place outside of the Unites States are not eligible for funding.

Artists who received a grant in the previous year are not eligible to submit a proposal in the current year. Artists who received a Workshop Grant in the previous year are eligible to apply in the current year, but only for a Production Grant to further develop the previously funded piece.

The Foundation does not award funds for the presentation or remounting of existing work. They do not fund publications, parades, pageants, exhibitions, spectacle, festivals, film or television projects, projects for school credit, workshops, education or outreach activities, or purely digital performance.

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Granting Cycle Calendar:

- March 11, 2019: Letter of intent online submission deadline
- June 3, 2019: Notification of application status
- September 9, 2019: Full proposal online submission deadline
- December 2, 2019: Final notification

If you would like to be considered for a grant, the first step is to submit a letter of intent on or before March 11, 2019. Please specify in your letter of intent the grant for which you are applying.

Letters of intent will be reviewed at the Spring board meeting, and applicants will be notified of the board's decision by June 3, 2019. Approximately half of the applicants submitting letters of intent will be asked to submit full proposals.

If you are invited to submit a full proposal, your application must be received on or before September 9, 2019. Late applications are not accepted. Applications will be reviewed at the Fall board meeting, and applicants will be notified of the board's decision by December 2, 2019.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit LOI to:

The Jim Henson Foundation
37-18 Northern Blvd., Suite 400
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: 212-439-7504

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