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Applications to Open for Theater “Stepping Stone” Grants

The Bayless Family Foundation will soon be accepting applications for 2019 “Stepping Stone Grants,” its second round of such grants which aim to build the capacity of promising Chicago theater companies.

The grant application can be found here.  The foundation is accepting grant proposals beginning September 2nd and the deadline to apply is October 11th.

These Stepping Stone Grants will award selected Chicago theater companies with $150,000 over three years.

Formed in 2017, the Bayless Family Foundation supports established Chicago theater organizations with a vision for institutional and artistic growth. It launched with an initial round of grants totaling $170,000 awarded to 17 theater companies in Chicago.

Earlier this year, the Foundation announced its inaugural Stepping Stone Grant recipients: Albany Park Theatre Project, Porchlight Music Theatre, and Steep Theatre. 

It should be noted that these grants are highly competitive, and we expect more qualified applicants than can be supported.

As noted in the applications, here’s what we want to know: What barrier do you want to remove, and how will removing that barrier sustain your organization’s vitality?

Interested in applying for a Stepping Stone grant? Here’s who’s eligible:

  • Theater companies registered as 501(c)3 organization that present theatre in the Chicago area.
  • Theater companies that have produced a season of work for a minimum of five consecutive years.
  • Theater companies with an annual budget of at least $250,000.

For those unable to submit online, please contact Executive Director Kevin Sullivan for more information by emailing BaylessFamilyFoundation(at)gmail(dot)com

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