New York, NY, November 12, 2020 – The Princess Grace Foundation-USA, founded in memory of Princess Grace [Kelly] of Monaco, identifies extraordinary emerging artists and nurtures their growth throughout their careers.

The Princess Grace Foundation is proud of its nearly 40-year track record of supporting our artistic community and elevating a diverse range of artists across disciplines, geography, race, gender and sexuality. Recognizing that the landscape of theater, dance and film has changed the Foundation is proud to be further evolving its application process to ensure the Awards program remains equitable and accessible, and that funding to artists is optimized to be reflective of artists’ needs, particularly as the artistic communities film emerge from the Covid-19 shutdown.

Updates to the 2021 Awards program include:

  • Expanding the pool of nominators: The Princess Grace Foundation invites nominations from non- profit universities, professional training programs, and organizations and new in 2021 invites nominations from previous Princess Grace Award
  • Cash grants for Artists: Recognizing that the 2021 artistic landscapes are uncertain, the Princess Grace Awards will offer unrestricted cash grants in 2021 to be used in general support (i.e. housing, studio space, childcare needs, R&D, project specific support, tuition, etc.) rather than project-specific
  • A simplified application: To streamline the grant request process, there will be a standard application across the disciplines and the application process will move to a two-part tiered 1) A brief Nomination submission, 2) Invited applicants will be asked to submit a full application


Round 1: The Nomination | Deadline February 15

Round 2: Full application | Deadline May 1


The Princess Grace Awards accepts nominations for early career creative generators (including but not limited to theater directors, playwrights, designers, choreographers, film directors, etc.) and performance-based creatives (including but not limited to actors, dancers, etc.).

QUOTE FROM BRISA TRINCHERO: I’m pleased that the evolution of the Princess Grace Awards program will not only expand our impact within the artistic community but will further empower our Award winning artist alumni to have a direct role in identifying new generations of talent. I’m also pleased that in 2021 we will have the opportunity to put funds directly into the hands of artists, particularly during this time when they need most.

QUOTE FROM LESLIE ODOM JR: Winning the Princess Grace Award in 2001 was pivotal moment in my path to a career in the arts. Not only was there financial support from the Foundation, but I joined an amazing community of fellow artists across theater, dance and film disciplines. Now, as a Princes Grace Foundation Trustee, I am honored to be supporting the Foundation’s important mission and am thrilled that our incredible community of working artists can have a hand in nominating their artistic colleagues for this incredible and prestigious honor.

Applications will be available in January 2021

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The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is dedicated to honoring the legacy of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, neé Grace Kelly. Her commitment to advance the arts in the United States is sustained by the Princess Grace Awards which supports and elevates extraordinary early career artists in theater, dance and film through game-changing grants; and nurtures and supports Princess Grace Award winners through their careers. A 501(c)3 not-for-profit based in New York City, the Foundation was established in 1982 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor His wife, Princess Grace of Monaco (neé Grace Kelly) and Her legacy. Since the Foundation’s inception, has awarded over 800 recipients. Notable Princess Grace Award winners include: Emmy Award winner Cary Fukunaga, director of 007’s No Time to Die; Jon M. Chu director of Crazy Rich Asians and In the Heights; Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Chinonye Chukwu, Tony Award winner director, Anna Shapiro; Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner playwright Tony Kushner; Golden Globe Award winner Oscar Isaac; and Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle; American Ballet Theatre’s Gillian Murphy and Isabella Boylston and New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck, and choreographers Kyle Abraham and Camille A. Brown.


Grants & Media Contact: Diana Kemppainen – 212.317.1470