While grants for individuals and organizations working in visual arts fields may seem abundant, there are many funds and foundations set up to assist those working in the performing arts as well. From emergency need, to health insurance programs to promoting education, these foundations look at need on an individual basis to determine levels of assistance. Those applying may be asked to provide proof of income, need and employment, and may also be asked to provide examples of work.
The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund has a long-standing reputation for assisting individuals in the performing arts. Founded in June 1882, this nonprofit foundation provides a safety net for actors, dancers, circus performers as well as those working in radio, television and the theater. The fund offers several assistance programs, including one that addresses emergency need, such as housing, medical emergency and other types of social services. Prospective applicants may contact the foundation for assistance and pre-screening to determine which of the many services may be appropriate.
The William and Eva Fox Foundation
The William and Eva Fox Foundation is dedicated to assisting actors pursuing a career in live theater. The foundation gives more than $3 million annually in fellowships to assist actors seeking to hone their craft through "intensive study, research and training." The foundation also sets aside $150,000 annually to honor 10 distinguished actors in the field of theater. All inquiries regarding funding must be in writing and directed to Sarah McLellan, Artistic Programs Associate.
Theatre Communications Group
The Theatre Communications Group (TCG) supports both emerging and established actors via several fellowships offered annually. Funding varies from $3,000 to $10,000 per request. The foundation supports actors working in not-for-profit theater groups. TCG was founded in 1961 with the assistance of an arts grant from the Ford Foundation. Actor grants are given with the intent of furthering the applicant's artistic and professional development. To apply, an applicant must download the forms from the foundation's website and return completed applications to the foundation by mid-June.
The Princess Grace Foundation
In honor of Princess Grace (Kelly) Rainier, the Princess Grace Foundation was formed to support the performing arts via grant programs. The foundation works in conjunction with schools and not-for-profit arts organizations to provide scholarships and fellowships to individuals training for a career in the performing arts. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must apply by late March each year. Applicants are directed to download grant guidelines and pertinent forms from the foundation's website.