Foundation / Corporation
The Jim Henson Foundation
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and artists for creative theater performances in eligible genres. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended for projects that develop and produce new high quality works to be performed during the coming year. Requests will be accepted for performances in the genre of live puppet theater.
The Jim Henson Foundation awards grants each year for the creation and development of innovative excellent works of puppet theater. The Jim Henson Foundation offers three types of grants:
Workshop Grants and Production Grants can be combined over a two-year period for the greatest benefit to the piece; however, a Production Grant does not need to be proceeded by a Workshop grant and a Workshop Grant in no way ensures a future Production Grant.
Live puppet performance needs to be an integral element of any proposed project. While productions that utilize other media and genres will be considered for funding, a major portion of the piece must feature puppetry that is well-executed in both design and performance.
The mission of the Foundation it to fund excellence in puppet theater. Funding decisions are based on the quality of the puppetry. The Foundation is happy to consider proposals for work that crosses or combines artistic genres as long as puppetry is integral to the entire piece.
The Foundation will prioritize work that can continue beyond a premiere. They look for shows that will live on through multiple performances with the potential to tour nationally and even internationally.
GrantWatch ID#: 178153
- Production Grants: $7,000
- Workshop Grants: $3,000
- Family Grants: $4,000
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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To submit the LOI online: https://spaces.hightail.com/uplink/HensonFoundation
Applicants may contact the Foundation at 212.439.7504 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or information.
Lindsey "Z." Briggs, Foundation Manager
The Jim Henson Foundation
37-18 Northern Blvd., Suite 400
Long Island City, NY 11101
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