General Grants & Eligibility


Grants are not available for the 2015 funding year.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must be a member of USITT in good standing for the 12 months prior to submitting an application in order to apply for funding for USITT Grants and Fellowships.
Individual, Professional, Senior, Early Career, and Student members may apply for Project Grants. Supporting, Sustaining, and Contributing members and groups of members may also apply for Project Grants. Individual, Professional, and Senior members may apply for Fellowships.
 
REVIEW AND NOTIFICATION PROCESS
Applications must be received by the USITT office in Syracuse, New York by November 15th of the Grant year.
All applications are reviewed to insure eligibility. Only complete applications received before the deadline will be considered.
The Committee will review applications shortly after the November 15th deadline and present their recommendations at the next meeting of the Board of Directors. 
Written  notification of program funding will being sent to all applicants within one month of the Board of Directors meeting.
 
REQUIREMENTS
All Project Grant proposals must  include all of the items listed.  Proposals that do not follow these outlines WILL NOT be considered for funding.  Include one complete hardcopy of all materials and one electronic copy of the same materials in PDF formats on an accompanying CD/DVD.
 
PROJECT GRANTS  
1. APPLICATION FORM
Print or type all information CLEARLY.
 
2. PROJECT SUMMARY/ABSTRACT
This is to be a clear, concise description of the goals, methods, and anticipated outcomes of the proposed project. This is a SUMMARY of the project, not an introduction to the text.
Maximum 200 words.
 
3. BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT
Describe the relation of the proposed project to the present state of knowledge in the field. This section should make it clear what is innovative and original in the proposed project.
 
4. METHODS/PROCEDURES/MATERIALS
Describe in clear and understandable terms the general plan of work, as it will be undertaken to achieve the stated objectives.
 
5. TIMELINE
Provide an outline, month by month, of the activities to be carried out during the 12-month duration of the proposed project.
 
6. ITEMIZED BUDGET AND JUSTIFICATION
Provide a complete budget including all expenditures involved in the project. List all sources of funding that you have/intend to apply for (indicate whether any of these funding sources are confirmed). Specifically identify expenditure line items that the USITT grant would fund. Use appropriate notes to clarify each budget item. USITT does NOT fund indirect project costs, basic computer equipment and software, or stage productions to be presented at other than USITT events.
 
7. OUTCOME
Describe the anticipated final “product” of the proposed project (i.e. a written article in a USITT publication; body of work for presentation at a USITT Conference). How will the information be
disseminated to USITT’s membership?
 
8. RESUME(S)
Provide résumés for the principal project director(s). This should be a maximum of one (1) page per person and should only provide information regarding significant accomplishments.
 
9. 3 LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Include three (3) letters of recommendation specifically addressing the Project Director(s) ability to deal with the subject matter of the proposed work.
 
10. A WRITTEN ACTIVITY REPORT is due in the USITT office within 18 months of receipt of the grant.  Additional progress reports will be due to the Grants and Fellowship Committee Chair on October 1st and March 1st during the award period.
 
CRITERIA
USITT funds Grant Projects which:
Seek new knowledge through experimentation or research:
Produce a collection of resources that will promote research activity;
Demonstrate originality, creativity, and innovation;
Improve or enhance contemporary approaches to design and/or technology;
Result in direct presentation, demonstration, or publication to USITT members.
These projects can be in areas such as:
    architecture
    costume design and technology
    engineering
    lighting
    management
    scene design
    sound/acoustics
    special effects
    technical production
    Computer applications for use in theatrical design and technology
    Planning and preparation for relevant exhibitions, historical perspectives
    Education-based and interdisciplinary projects are also possible candidates for funding
 
Examples of Previously Funded Grant Projects
International Theatre Resources and Opportunities Survey
Hydraulics Demonstrator
Educational Web Page Development of the Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry
Digital media project on the history of the American Circus
Digital preservation of Mordecai Gorelik's papers
Research on the life and career of Ming Cho Lee
 
 
PROJECT GRANT RESTRICTIONS
Support will not be offered for:
Bad debts
Investments of any kind
Production budgets or equipment for a specific production
Tuition and/or fees
Projects that duplicate or perpetuate available information
Projects that involve lobbying or attempts to influence federal, state, or local legislators or elections
Projects which include items that are not allowed by USITT's 501(c)(3) status
Pre-publication expenses for books that will be published by entities other than USITT
Projects that restrict equal opportunity participation
Projects that include indirect costs
Capital expenditures unrelated to a specific project
Basic computer equipment and software
Expenses incurred before the start date of the grant period and projects that do not begin and end within the grant period.
Receptions and refreshments
Proposals from individuals or groups who have not complied with reporting requirements of previous USITT grants
Travel to USITT events