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Childrens Theatre Foundation of America solicits charitable contributions and grants funds in support of excellence & equity in theatre for children.
The Childrens Theatre Foundation of America believes that our future success, resiliency, and sustainability relies on placing equity at the center of every aspect of what we do. We define equity as a collaborative, continual process to ensure fair access to all.
CTFA’s Founders Fund is delighted to announce its 2021-2022 support of
REIMAGINE - New Plays in TYA
REIMAGINE - New Plays in TYA aims to support the development and visibility of new works for young audiences by BIPOC playwrights. For more information, click here!
In 2021, all CTFA grants will be directed through the REIMAGINE project. This decision was made by CTFA’s board of trustees as it sought to address two objectives: first, to provide funds directly to artists during the COVID-19 pandemic; second, to actively support the expansion of the TYA canon to include more plays by BIPOC playwrights. The REIMAGINE project will enable us to achieve these goals by providing funding to BIPOC playwrights and creative teams (directors, dramaturgs, actors, etc.) for the development of new work.

Questions About REIMAGINE? Contact Jenny Millinger at

CTFA is proud to partner with The Kennedy Center, TYA/USA and Write Now in funding and supporting the
REIMAGINE project.

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FOUNDERS GRANTS support projects unique and new to the field that will positively advance the field of theatre for young audiences nationally.
Who may apply: 501c3 IRS certified not-for-profit theatres, and theatre artists in the United States.
How to apply: Founders Grants for 2021-2022 are awarded in support of ReImagine-New Plays in TYA.

AURAND HARRIS THEATRE GRANTS supporting PEOPLE, TRAVEL, EQUIPMENT. The 2022 Aurand Harris Special Initiative Grant will fund small and mid-sized theatres for anti-racist/equity initiatives that directly move Equity/Diversity/Inclusion (EDI) practices forward in the organization or creative work of the applicant..
Who may apply: 501c3 IRS certified nonprofit theatres in the United States, who have held that status for at least three consecutive years, possessing a public record of artistic work, with an annual operating budget of under a million dollars, and the ability to provide a one-to-one funding match. In-kind salaries and services may be considered for matching funds.
How to apply: GRANT APPLICATION for 2022-CLOSED. NEXT HARRIS Application period will be in 2023, TBA

ALVIN COHEN MEMORIAL FUND supports projects of national significance for national theatre conference programming for theatre for children.
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GUIDANCE and FAQs for GRANT APPLICANTS 2022 - Got Questions?