The Jim Henson Foundation awards grants each year for the creation and development of innovative works of puppet theater.
1) Production grants of $7,000 are awarded for the production of new works ready to be presented in 2019. Workshop grants of $3,000 are for the development and workshopping of these pieces. Workshop 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 preceded by a Workshop grant, and a Workshop grant in no way ensures a future Production grant.
2) Family Grants of $4,000 are meant to fund the development of new and innovative work specifically for children, families, and teenagers.
Grants are made only for the development of new works of live puppet theater. The foundation does not award funds for the presentation or remounting of existing work. Grants cannot be applied retroactively; substantial portions of a proposed project must take place after the funds are awarded.
To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Applications from international collaborations are accepted, but the primary artist and fiscal sponsor must be American. Projects that take place only outside the United States are not eligible for funding.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than March 11. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by September 9, 2019.
See the Jim Henson Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.