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Grants to USA Nonprofit Organizations and Theater Companies for Educational Programs for Juvenile Offenders

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Shakespeare in American Communities: Juvenile Justice

Arts Midwest


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #187243

Grant Description

Grants of up to $25,000 USA nonprofit organizations and theater companies to provide educational theater programming to justice-involved youth. Applicants must submit an intent to apply prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support the engagement of youth within the juvenile justice system in a theater education program that emphasizes the works of Shakespeare.

This opportunity is open to applicants across the nation that have experience partnering with the justice system and engaging youths in a theater education program that illuminates the works of Shakespeare and addresses his work in modern context. Funding will be awarded to support theater education programs that reach youths within the juvenile justice system. 

Project Requirements: 

  1. Conduct educational theater programming that explores and illuminates Shakespeare’s text, addressing his work in modern context through frequent contact over a significant number of visits.
  2. Partner with at least one facility to reach youth in the juvenile justice system.
  3. Engage a minimum of two teaching artists, staff, or personnel in theater education programming.

Examples of eligible projects:

  • An organization partners with the county’s juvenile correctional facility, offering a residency for youth that culminates in a performance for the youth’s families.
  • A theater company performs Romeo and Juliet at a boarding school for juvenile offenders, followed by weekly workshops for the duration of the semester.
  • An organization offers ongoing, twice-a-week workshops and theatre exercises at a short-term youth detention center.

Funding may support:

  • Fees for for educators, actors, facilitators, etc.
  • Production costs of props, costumes, set, etc.
  • A prorated portion of staff salaries.
  • Other direct costs associated with the production and educational programming.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arts Midwest welcomes applications from all eligible organizations, including first-time applicants; organizations serving communities of all sizes, including rural and urban areas; and organizations with small, medium or large operating budgets.

Applicants must:
- Be a 501c3 nonprofit, professional theater company located in the U.S. and the Native nations that share this geography.
- Have a minimum of two years’ experience partnering with the justice system to provide theater education programs.
- Compensate all professional personnel at no less than the prevailing minimum compensation. (This requirement is in accordance with the regulations issued by the Secretary of Labor in part 505 of Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations.)
- Agree to acknowledge Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts in all programs and press materials related to funded engagements.
- Have a valid Unique Entity ID via SAM.gov (free to acquire).
- Comply with Federal eligibility requirements.

Examples of ineligible projects:
- An organization offers programs only to individuals aged 18 or older.
- Programs that are funded by another Arts Midwest grant, including the Shakespeare in American Communities: Schools program.
- Programs funded by another federal source.

For examples of unallowable expenses, see https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/shakespeare/guidelinesjuvenilejustice.

Pre-Application Information:

- Submit your Intent to Apply by Monday, January 9, 2023.
- Complete and submit the application form by Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 11:59 pm Central Time.

Guidelines: https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/shakespeare/guidelinesjuvenilejustice
Prepare Your Application: https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/shakespeare/applicationjuvenilejustice
SmartSimple Instructions: https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/smartsimple

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

6-10

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards of $15,000 – $25,000 will be awarded.

Term of Contract:

Arts Midwest is currently accepting applications for events occuring between August 1, 2023, and July 31, 2024.

Contact Information:

Apply Online: https://artsmidwest.us-1.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp

Arts Midwest staff are available to help with your application. To schedule a meeting with a staff member, fill out the 15-minute consultation request form: https://form.asana.com/?k=dciYBPZIIaC1fVsBOMcGJg&d=7149965253701

Contact:
Joshua Feist, Director of Grantmaking
612.238.8054
shakespeare@artsmidwest.org

For accessibility questions and needs, please contact Carly Newhouse, program & accessibility manager, at carly@artsmidwest.org or 612.238.8002.

Arts Midwest
3033 Excelsior Boulevard #380
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416

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