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Grants for Schools

Grants for Troupes, Teachers, and Schools

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and its philanthropic arm, the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), offer need-based grants for school theatre programs and financial support to educators, troupes, and schools who wish to participate in the organization’s activities and events, including the International Thespian Festival (ITF) and the Theatre Education Conference.

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Thespian Relief Grants exist to help school theatre programs in need. Two types of grants are offered: a $500 grant that can be used for International Thespian Society troupe-related fees (dues and inductions) and a $1,000 grant that can be used for any theatre program-related expense, including show rights, equipment, travel, and more.

New Troupe Charter Grants, Troupe Reinstatement Grants and Induction Assistance Grants are now a part of the Thespian Relief Grant program.

Learn more about the Thespian Relief Fund, its supporters and past recipients.

The Send a Troupe to International Thespian Festival Grant awards up to $10,000 to be used toward ITF registration fees for a teacher, inducted Thespians, and appropriate number of chaperones.

Learn more about ITF

National Conference Grant

The Theatre Education Conference Grant covers the basic Conference registration fee for up to seven EdTA members. EdTA’s National Conference is an annual professional development experience designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of theatre educators so that they can better contribute to their school, students, and the profession.

We are currently not accepting applications for this grant.

The Fiddler on the Roof Grant covers performance royalties and support resources for middle or high school Thespian troupes to perform Fiddler on the Roof or Fiddler on the Roof JR. through Music Theatre International. Funders Helene and Edward Cole created the grant to help educate students and communities about Jewish heritage and culture. Applications are being accepted for 2021-22 school year (deadline December 1, 2021) and 2022-23 school year (deadline April 1, 2022).

Read this for more information about the program.

The Linda P. Wise Grant for Theatre Educators is a $500 grant awarded to EdTA professional members who are also theatre educators and present a well-laid plan for an in-class program in need of financial support.


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