Aurand Harris Grants & Fellowship Fund -2020 Applications Submissions-CLOSED

These grants and fellowships are designed to benefit the field of theatre for children & youth, to provide growth opportunities for theater artists developing work for the young, support the mission and values of CTFA, and honor to the intentions of Aurand Harris.
2020 Application Materials and Instructions for
-Small and Mid-Sized Theatre Grants,
-Collaboration Grants
or
-Individual Theatre Artist Fellowships
Our Mission:
The Children’s Theatre Foundation challenges and supports theatre artists to achieve excellence in service to young people.

We Value:
Children and Youth,
The Art of Theatre,
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion,
Excellence, Innovation


CTFA committed to dismantling institutional and structural racism in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences and will give preference to applicants who demonstrate their work toward this goal -- either generally, or through the proposed project. SEE full Mission and Values EDI Statement
Questions Read Guidance & FAQS first. If you still need help contact Mina G. Halliday Casmir at ctfaharrisgrant@gmail.com. The subject line should read “HARRIS Grant /or HARRIS Fellowship 2020 + applicant’s name.”
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2020 Application DEADLINE: To be eligible for consideration, this application must include all of the information requested in the application form and must be received by March 2, 2020, midnight, Pacific Coast standard Time Zone.
Email confirmation will be sent upon receipt of the application.

Beginning Date for Proposed Projec
t (not earlier than September 1, 2020)
Completion Date for Proposed Project (not later than July 15, 2021) (Some exceptions may be granted.)

To Honor Aurand Harris' intentions: Criteria for Application

Theatre or Collaboration
THEATRE or COLLABORATIVE GRANT APPLICATIONS ​will be evaluated on their impact in their local community demonstrating their ability to:
● Promote theatre and bring the live theatre experience to children
● Impact their environment
● Impact their specific communities
● Applications will also be evaluated in light of
CTFA’s Mission and Values.
WHO MAY APPLY: Theatre and Collaboration Grant Applications
501c3 IRS certified nonprofit theatres in the USA, established for at least 3 year consecutive years, possessing a public record of artistic quality and with an annual operating budget of under a million dollars.
OR
A collaboration of a theatre artist and a small or mid-sized 501c3 IRS certified nonprofit theatre in the USA.

(Applicant theatres may apply under another organization’s 501c3 IRS certified nonprofit status if that organization is partnering in the proposed project. Large theatres should consult CTFA’s Founders Grant Guidelines.)

WHAT WE FUND:
PEOPLE​: playwrights, directors, designers, education directors, etc. engaged in a NEW initiative for a particular company or a new original play for children & youth
EQUIPMENT​: light boards, curtains, lights, vehicles, whatever will bring your company to a new level of quality
TRAVEL​: bringing collaborative teams together, participating in a conference or workshop, taking interesting people to interesting places for interesting purposes

WHAT WE DO NOT FUND:
•General operating support such as support for the regular and ordinary projects that are part of the on-going work or season of the applicant
•Projects that are already underway
•Free performances or ticket subsidies
•Activities undertaken for academic credit
•Projects proposed by theatres that do not have a one-to-one cash match •In-kind salaries and services may be counted if they are earmarked for this specific project
•Large theatres with budgets above one million dollars.

FUNDING RESTRICTIONS:
Grants​ are limited to​ awards of up to $2000
Only​ one proposal per year ​may be submitted to the Foundation by an applicant.
Priority consideration ​will be given to applicants not funded by a CTFA grant during the previous two years​.
are limited to​ awards of up to $2000
Only​ one proposal per year ​may be submitted to the Foundation by an applicant.
Priority consideration ​will be given to applicants not funded by a CTFA grant during the previous twoyears​.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT:
Recipients of any CTFA grant ​must include the CTFA logo in all official programs, publications and marketing and the statement: “Funded in part by an Aurand Harris Theatre Grant from the Children's Theatre Foundation of America.”

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION for the Harris Grant for Theatre or Collaborations is accessed through the BUTTON below.

Please download a Grant WORKSHEET to help you prepare your answers and gather these documents, before beginning the electronic application:

These documents will be uploaded in the application:

-Project budget - using CTFA budget template found in Harris Grant Theatre or Collaboration BUDGET Button, below
-A copy of your official IRS determination letter proving your 501c3 IRS certified nonprofit status. (If you are submitting this application under the umbrella of another organization, attach their 501c3 letter and a letter from the organization explaining how they are involved in the proposed project.
-Attach resume(s) for primary artistic staff involved in the project.

Individual Artist
FELLOWSHIP APPLICANTS​ ​will be evaluated on their specific development plan demonstrating the following:
● Impact on personal artistic growth
● Developed and increased awareness of and/or
demonstrated commitment to Equity, Diversity
and Inclusion
● Increased career marketability, stability, visibility
and/or new opportunity for their work
● Applications will also be evaluated in light of CTFA’s Mission and Values.
WHO MAY APPLY: Fellowship Applications
An early or mid career individual professional theatre artist, working in theatre for young audiences in the USA.

An artist does not have to be connected to a theatre to apply.

This can include playwrights, scenic designers, costume designers, lighting designers, directors and/or teachers.

WHAT WE FUND:
A development plan designed to build personal growth in theatre artistry, expand impact and awareness of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and develop increased career marketability.
Craft examples:
Writing a new play​ -- by observing and working with a master playwright who is exploring new gender or racism themes;
New Directing opportunities​ -- by completing a professional workshop expanding artistic technique;
New Designing opportunities/techniques​ -- by studying with a master mentor;
Designing a new space for children’s theatre​ -- by having released time to research design elements;
Developing a new production program or a new touring project ​-- by participating in a collaboration opportunity not normally available to the artist and which is not part of his/her current job.

WHAT WE DO NOT FUND:
•Projects that are already underway
•Activities undertaken for academic credit
•Regular productions, teaching, writing or design work that are part of the typical projects, on-going
work or season of the applicant artist
•Any proposals that do not make a case for all 3 of the fellowship personal growth criteria listed above.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT:
Recipients of any CTFA fellowship ​must include the CTFA logo in all official programs, publications and marketing and the statement: “Funded in part by an Aurand Harris Fellowship from the Children's Theatre Foundation of America.”

FUNDING RESTRICTIONS:
Fellowships​ are limited to​ awards of up to $2000
Only​ one proposal per year ​may be submitted to the Foundation by an applicant.
Priority consideration ​will be given to applicants not funded by a CTFA grant during the previous two years​.

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION for the Harris Fellowship for Individuals is accessed through the BUTTON below.

Please download a Fellowship WORKSHEET to help you prepare your answers and gather these documents, before beginning the electronic application:


These documents will be uploaded in the application:
-Project budget - using CTFA budget template found in Harris Fellowship BUDGET Button, below
-Resume for the artist applicant involved in the project
-Resume of a master mentor OR any professional artist OR description of the artistic reputation of any theatre collaborating on the plan, if one is part of the artist’s proposed development plan.
Aurand Harris Grants & Fellowships
Beginning Date for Proposed Project (not earlier than September 1, 2020)
Completion Date for Proposed Project (not later than July 15, 2021) (Some exceptions may be granted.)


ELECTRONIC APPLICATION FORMS BELOW
BEFORE YOUR BEGIN THE ELECTRONIC APPLICATION
download and prepare your Budget Template and gather support materials that will be attached, within the application, at submission.

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Aurand Harris (1916–1996)
Aurand Harris, one of this nation's most published and performed playwrights for children and youth, enormously enriched the literature of American children's theatre. Plays such as "Androcles and the Lion," translated into 10 languages, "The Arkansaw Bear," "The Toby Show," "Rags to Riches," and "To Ride a Blue Horse," are but a few of his plays that fill stages in this country and abroad. Harris's writings, informed by his studies in Kansas and at Northwestern University and by his teaching, initially in the Gary, IN school system, and, subsequently, for over thirty years at Grace School in New York, have captured the spirit and interests of children for generations. Harris had a deep concern for artists, particularly playwrights, who devoted their careers to creating quality theatre for young audiences, and for theatres who produce theatre for children.
Aurand Harris’ author royalties, from the purchase or playscripts and performance licensing, are given to support the work of American theatre artists through the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.
MORE about Aurand Harris & List of his plays
Photo: From the cover of Aurand Harris Remembered edited by Orlin Corey -Anchorage Press/Dramatic Publishing.
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