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Jim Henson Foundation Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Artists for the Development
and Production of Creative Theater Performances

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Jim Henson Foundation

LOI Date:

03/08/21

Deadline Date:

09/06/21

Description:

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Grants of $3,000, grants of $4,000, and grants of $7,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and artists for the development and production of creative theater performances. Applicants are required to submit an online LOI prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended for productions in which the main element is puppetry.

The Jim Henson Foundation awards grants each year for the creation and development of innovative excellent works of puppet theater. Production Grants are awarded for the production of new works ready to be presented in the coming year. Workshop Grants are for the development and workshopping of these pieces. Workshop Grants and Production Grants can be combined over a two year period for the greatest benefit to the piece; keep in mind, however, that a Production Grant does not need to be preceded by a Workshop Grant and a Workshop Grant in no way ensures a future Production Grant.

Family Grants fund the development of new and innovative work specifically for children, families, and teenagers. Please keep in mind that Family Grants will be evaluated by the same high artistic standards as works for adults.

The Foundation would like to emphasize that live puppet performance needs to be integral to the proposed project. While the Foundation will consider productions that utilize other media and genres, a major portion of the piece must feature puppetry that is well-executed in both design and performance. The mission of the Foundation is to fund excellence in puppet theater.  The Foundation funding decisions are based on the quality of the puppetry.

Please note that the Foundation will prioritize work that can continue beyond a premiere. The Foundation looks for shows that will live on through multiple performances with the potential to tour both nationally and internationally.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178153

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Production Grants of $7,000 are awarded for the production of new works ready to be presented in the coming year.
-Workshop Grants of $3,000 are for the development and workshopping of these pieces.
-Family Grants of $4,000 fund the development of new and innovative work specifically for children, families, and teenagers.

Term of Contract:

Workshop Grants and Production Grants can be combined over a two year period. Grants cannot be applied retroactively; substantial portions of a proposed project must take place after the funds are awarded.

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) non-profit status must apply through a fiscal sponsor with this non-profit status. Applications for international collaborations are accepted, but the primary artist must be a US citizen. The project needs to be presented in the United States and ideally developed and workshopped in the United States as well. Projects that will only take place outside of the United 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.

Grants are made only for the development of new works of excellent live puppet theater. The Foundation does not award funds for the presentation or remounting of existing work.

The Foundation does not fund:
- Publications
- Parades
- Pageants
- Exhibitions
- Spectacle
- Festivals
- Film or television projects
- Projects for school credit
- Workshops
- Education or outreach activities
- Purely digital performance

Pre-Application Information:

2022 Granting Cycle, Calendar
- March 8, 2021: Letter of intent online submission deadline. Letters of intent are accepted only via online submission.
- You will receive an email of receipt from the Foundation's office within 3 business days of submission. If you do not receive an email, please contact the Foundation.
- Letters of intent will be reviewed at the Spring board meeting, and applicants will be notified of the board's decision by June 1, 2021.
- An online grant application link will be emailed to you from the Foundation Manager. Please use this link to submit your application.
- September 6, 2021: Full proposal online submission deadline
- Applications will be reviewed at the Fall board meeting, and applicants will be notified of the board's decision by December 6, 2021.

It is best to contact the Foundation with any questions well in advance of the application deadlines.

FAQs: https://www.hensonfoundation.org/index.php/grant-application/application-faq

Contact Information:

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

Online application: https://spaces.hightail.com/uplink/HensonFoundation

Queries: 212.439.7504 or info@hensonfoundation.org

The Jim Henson Foundation
37-18 Northern Blvd., Suite 400
Long Island City, NY
11101

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