Application procedures and deadlines vary by grant category. Detailed information and application materials are available for each available discipline (theater, playwriting, dance, choreography, film and animation). The following is a guide:
Applications for the 2020/21 grant period will be available in mid January 2020
No, not yet.
To apply for a Theater Scholarship, you could be enrolled in a certificate program. However, the program must more than 1 year and you must be entering your final year of study during the grant period.
To apply for a Dance: Performance Scholarship, you DO NOT have to be enrolled in a degreed program. However, you must be studying full-time at a non-profit dance school.
To apply for a Film Scholarship, you must be a film major/concentration in an approved degreed program which results in a BA, BFA, MA, MFA, or Ph.D. A large majority of our applicants are completing MFA, BFA, and BA degrees.
No. You may not apply for a Princess Grace Award to attend short training programs, intensives, or film festivals.
Theater, Dance: Performance, Dance: Choreography and Film Scholarship grants can only be used in coordination with organizations located IN the United States. American university satellite campuses abroad do not qualify. The Playwriting Fellowship must be used in conjunction with New Dramatists.
To apply in the categories of Theater, Dance: Performance, Choreography, or Film Scholarship , you MUST be affiliated with a school or organization.
The only category that does not require a nomination is the Playwriting Fellowship.
Theater, Dance and Film Scholarships (Universities and training programs):
Theater Apprenticeships/Fellowships & Dance Fellowships (Professional Non-Profit Theater and Dance Companies):
Film Fellowships: Nominating media arts centers must meet the following criteria:
No. The Foundation provides grants only for actors, directors, lighting designers, set designers, costume designers, sound designers, projection designers and playwrights.
Eligible applications are reviewed by specialists in relevant fields. Panels comprised of professional experts and practicing artists review application materials and make their determinations at panel meetings. Final notification is usually made in July of each year.
Learn more about the panel process here.
Grant amounts generally range from $7,500 – $30,000.
Grant requests should be based on actual figures for annual salary, artistic fee, tuition, or project costs, whichever is applicable, and require substantiation (letter of verification from nominator). Benefits (materials, housing, insurance, and transportation) may not be included in the grant request.
When possible, the Foundation tries and in many cases is able to fully fund your request, but please note that sometimes the Foundation may not be able to fulfill your full request. The Foundation will never grant more than your request. It is up to you and your nominator to make sure your request is accurate and you ask for what you need.
All grants are given directly to the organizations, not the individual. The organizations then disburse the money to the Award Winner. Each school/organization manages this differently based on its own internal system. However, the school/organization itself may not take any administrative fees from the grant.
Here are some specific details:
Theater Scholarships and Dance: Performance Scholarships go directly toward tuition costs. Monies may not be used for rent/room and board, books, living expenses, etc. If you already have a tuition scholarship from your college/university/program and receive a Princess Grace Award (therefore making your combined scholarship monies exceed the cost of tuition), the school might lessen your tuition scholarship for the college/university/program and replace it with the Princess Grace Award. The Princess Grace money allotment may not roll-over into living expenses.
Undergraduate and Graduate Film Scholarships are disbursed to the school, who in turn, allots the money designated by the Foundation to the filmmaking student. This money in this category MAY NOT go toward tuition or matriculation fees. It MUST go toward the production of the film (location scouting, shooting costs, editing, etc.). PGF-USA funds MAY NOT be used to pay the nominee a director’s fee or other fees.
Theater Apprenticeships, Theater Fellowships and Dance: Performance Fellowships are disbursed to the organization to pay the salary or artistic fees for the grantee. The money must be used to pay salary only, EXCLUSIVE OF benefits. Please note: A nominating organization can request a grant amount that would give the grantee a raise.
Film Fellowships are distributed to the organization to be used towards the filmmaker’s proposed project expenses as outlined in the budget in the application.
Choreography Fellowship is a set amount of $10,000. The company must disburse the money as follows: $8,000 must be paid to the choreographer for their fee; the remaining $2,000 should be used to cover production costs.
Playwriting Fellowship is a year long residency with New Dramatists and a $7,500 grant.
While both categories involve the nominee’s association with a non-profit theater, the Apprenticeship is a mentorship opportunity between the applicant and an artist at the theater. The Fellowship looks to give an individual the opportunity to assume significant artistic responsibilities of a mainstage show.
The grant period occurs from September 1-August 31. The residency must happen within that time period, but when and how is determined on a case by case basis between the winning playwright and New Dramatists. Some playwriting winners living in NYC at the time of the grant choose to spread out the residency over the year. Others (particularly those outside the NYC) choose to do a concentrated residency over the set period weeks.
It is defined as any 501(c)(3) non-profit dance organization or a festival that can demonstrate a minimum three-year history of hosting residencies for emerging choreographers that culminates in a public performance of work created during that residency.
No. The choreographer must set their work on either the nominating organization’s dancers or project based dancers specifically contracted for this new work. The project may not include personnel currently employed by or working for the nominated choreographer, or the choreographer themself.
Students who are making a thesis film or project where the moving image is the primary focus, but are not receiving their degree from the film department may still be considered. However, your nomination must come from the film department, and you must receive permission from the dean of the film school to be nominated over the film school’s students
PGF-USA has a budget in the film and animation applications. The budget is a key component of your application, and represents your project in quantitative terms. It is important that your budget include both detailed expenses and income, and that the total income is greater than or equal to the expenses. There is a separate column to show where PGF-USA funds are requested.
Example of a complete and detailed budget. This budget is successful because the expense section clearly details all line item expenses for the film including specifics for each line item; and the income section notes any additional sources of income. Note in this budget the income is slightly higher than the expenses. This is fine.
Yes, new in 2020, the Foundation offers a Film Fellowship. The filmmaker should be affiliated with a non-profit media arts center through one of their residency/fellowship programs, and the media arts center must nominate the filmmaker.
Yes. Film projects can be shot abroad, but the filmmaker’s school/media arts center must be located in the United States.
In all categories, you may reapply if you did not receive a Princess Grace Award as long as you still meet all the criteria in the guidelines.
Theater and Dance: