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 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. Applications are due June 1, 2022.

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National Conference Grant
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Note: This is a pilot program and applications will only be accepted from schools in Atlanta, Cincinnati, and San Diego.

Racial Equity through School Theatre honors the late Craig Zadan, a visionary with a lifelong commitment to addressing issues of diversity. Pathway is focused on enhancing the school theatre experience and impact in underserved communities. Specifically, the initiative seeks to create opportunities for students to work with industry professionals of color while performing a piece that encourages dialogue around racial equity.

2022-23 Pilot Program: Will award up to five (5) $10,000 grants for high schools to put on a musical or play that encourages dialogue around issues of race and racial equity. Funds should be used to hire a professional director, choreographer, and/or technical expert of color to act as mentors to students, building relationships and casting vision for potential career pathways.

Applications due by April 30.

The Send a Troupe Grant awards up to $10,000 to be used toward ITF registration fees for a teacher, inducted Thespians, and chaperones. Doug Finney festival grants fund up to four Thespians’ attendance at ITF.

The deadline to apply for ITF 2022 has passed.

Learn more about ITF

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 currently being accepted for 2022-2023 school year.

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.

The grant will reopen later in 2022.


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