National Theater Project Transition Grant

National Theater Project-supported 600 Highwaymen | photo: Maddie McGarvey

Transition Grants are awarded to NTP Creation & Touring Grant recipients to support continuity for ensembles following the completion of touring. 

Background

The creation of the Transition grants was prompted by a series of observations and goals, during evaluation of the NTP Pilot. Most importantly:

  • In a relatively short time, some grantees have been able to develop new ways of working that hold potential for stabilizing ensembles but may not have had enough time within the NTP grant to develop the resources and mechanisms to sustain the new capacities.
  • Ensembles that were new to touring with the NTP grant, may need more support to work touring into the regular rhythm of their work or an opportunity to weigh the place of touring in their future work.
  • As part of the NTP process and especially through touring, grantees have been introduced to a number of resources and contacts, including Advisors and presenters. Once touring has concluded, they may be in an ideal position to take advantage of networking with those contacts.
  • As a result of the publicity generated through touring, ensembles may become aware or be in the position to take advantage of opportunities related to the work that was toured.
  • Included in the pilot evaluation findings was the need for additional capacity-building support for organizations to take advantage of the experiences gained during the NTP Creation and Development grant period.

purpose

Transition grants will provide post-touring support beyond NTP-subsidized touring. The purpose is to provide continuity in an ensemble’s management and infrastructure and/or allow a grantee to take advantage of an opportunity for the work that was created and toured through the initial NTP grant.  Transition grants will be up to $15,000 with typical grants in the $7,000-$10,000 range.  While there is no specific time limit for expenditure of funds, typically a Transition grant would be completed within 12-18 months.

While it is required that an applicant’s original NTP Creation and Touring grant be completed before applying for a Transition grant, the receipt of a Transition Grant does not preclude application for a new Creation and Touring grant.

Examples of potential Transition grant objectives include (but are not limited to):

  • Continue an administrative role (e.g., producer, tour manager) that has added value to the operations of the ensemble.
  • Network with contacts developed through the grant period for development of future tours.
  • Participate in professional development/consulting to help sustain capacity of the ensemble.
  • Undertake planning to strengthen or formalize the governance and/or structure of the ensemble. 
  • Undertake planning which might include restructuring, strategic planning for incorporating future touring into work portfolio.
  • Leverage peer support and/or technical assistance from other sources to strengthen the ensemble’s work.
  • Re-tool the work that was toured to position the ensemble for additional touring of the work to different venues and to reach new audiences—applicable under circumstances where additional work is needed if the work is to continue to tour/in order to keep the work in the group’s repertoire.

process & timeline

Process

  • Complete short online grant application which addresses selection criteria
  • Attach a letter of commitment, if appropriate
  • Selection criteria:
    • clear and well-articulated organizational need and/or organizational opportunity
    • specific plan for addressing need/opportunity within +/- 18 months
    • potential of plan to address need in a way that contributes to sustainability
    • budget that is well-aligned to plan activities
  • Unallowable expenses: facility rehabilitation/expenses; subsidy of performance fee; capital/endowment/cash reserves
  • Grant reviewers will be drawn from the pool of NTP Advisors.
  • Award will be made in two payments. The first payment will be 75% of the amount at the time of the award. Completion of a final report will be required to receive final payment.

Timeline

September 15, 2017         RFP announced and link e-mailed to invited artists

November 6, 2017            Proposals due 11:59PM Eastern Time

November 2017               Advisors/NEFA staff review proposals

December 2017                Awards made

online application & instructions

Application is by invitation only.

All organizations are required to provide an IRS W-9 Form (see www.irs.gov for current version) and a DUNS (Dun & Bradstreet) Number in the application.

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requirements & reports for grant recipients

Requirements

The grant recipient must submit the grant report by the deadline assigned in order to receive the final grant award.

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contact

Quita Sullivan | Program Director, Theater | 617.951.0010 x531

Meena Malik | Program Coordinator, National Theater Project | 617.951.0010 x516 

Grant Deadline

November 6, 2017, 11:59 PM ET