Shakespeare in American Communities provides grants of up to $25,000 that connect young people across the country to Shakespeare’s plays. Grants support performances and workshops in schools and in the justice system.
Shakespeare in American Communities is a theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Through grants to theater companies that produce Shakespeare’s works, this program supports high-quality productions and educational activities in middle schools, high schools, and juvenile justice facilities throughout the United States. Arts Midwest accepts proposals annually starting with an intent to apply in January and deadline in mid-February.
One hundred and twenty theater companies and organizations across the United States have taken part in Shakespeare in American Communities since the program’s inception in 2003. Selected companies have presented 34 of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, as part of the Schools program. To date, the program has supported more than 14,500 performances and 54,000 educational activities at more than 11,500 schools and juvenile justice facilities in 4,700 communities in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.
The program has two opportunities available for applicants. Visit How to Apply – Schools and How to Apply – Juvenile Justice for more information.
Shakespeare in American Communities is now accepting applications. Please submit your Intent to Apply by Thursday, January 25th. Applications for the 2024-2025 cycle are due Thursday, February 8th.