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The Shubert Foundation Theatre Grants

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The Shubert Foundation Theatre Grants




The Shubert Foundation is the nation’s largest funder dedicated to unrestricted funding of not-for-profit theatres and dance companies.


General Requirements

Shubert Foundation grants are awarded exclusively to US organizations, which must have current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and must submit current audited financial statements in order to be eligible for funding.* For the 2021-22 Application Cycle, organizations with a fiscal year that ends January through August will need to submit their Fiscal 2021 audit; organizations with a fiscal year that ends September through December will need to submit their Fiscal 2020 audit.

The Foundation provides grants only to professional organizations that have an established track record as well as a history of fiscal responsibility. Community theatres are not eligible for funding.

The Foundation exclusively provides general operating support. Funds are not provided for project support, nor allocated for capital or endowment campaigns, nor to individuals or conduit organizations. Please visit our FAQs for additional information.


Funding Criteria

  • Record of artistic activity

  • Impact of the organization’s programs

  • Record of developing and producing new work

  • Demonstrated commitment to underserved audiences and/or underrepresented voices

  • Fiscal responsibility

  • Ability to generate both earned and contributed income

  • Other significant contributions to the field

  • Organizations must have an annual budget of $150,000 or higher



Grant requests must be submitted on The Shubert Foundation’s current online application form.

Questions regarding category, criteria, audits, and deadlines that are not answered within this or other sections of the Website should be addressed to the Foundation.

For audit requirements, applicants must submit complete audited financial statements for the appropriate fiscal year (see Criteria).* Financial statements must be prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and be audited by a certified public accountant.

Please note the following important application information:

  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • Letters of inquiry will not be accepted.

  • The Foundation does not support fiscally sponsored organizations.

  • For audit requirements: Reviews, compilations and draft versions are not acceptable.

  • Required financial documents should be submitted with the application whenever possible but will be accepted as late as 6pm ET on the day of the appropriate deadline.

*IF you did not apply or were not funded by The Shubert Foundation last year AND your budget is between $150,000 and $300,000, you may submit the most recently completed 990 in lieu of an audit. Please note: Should funding be awarded this year, fully audited financial statements must be submitted in subsequent years.


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