Whether you own a production company, run a 501(c) company for children in the arts or you have a theatre company, there are grants available. It almost seems that the only real obstacle--if there is one--is that you have to force yourself to prepare a thorough proposal. However, once you get through all of the research and develop your proposal, there are a myriad of companies just waiting to support you in your entertainment endeavor whatever that may be.
Charles LaFitte Foundation
If you have a 501(c)-3 business dedicated to entertaining and enlightening the community or educating children, this may be a good organization to contact. It has an arts program, which was established to foster new artists as well as more established artists in achieving their dreams. Funds are given to businesses that work within educational parameters, whether in the community or in conjunction with a school system. However, they do support all innovation and creativity in entertainment and the arts and particularly like to foster the development of new emerging talent. Grant proposals are accepted via email or postal mail, but not via phone.
The Charles Lafitte Foundation c/o Jennifer Vertetis 29520 2nd Ave SW Federal Way, WA 98023 charleslafitte.org
The Independent Television Service (ITVS)
For funding and grants in television programming, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) finances, distributes and promotes new film and video works primarily for public television. This organization works with producers to create and present programs that are innovative and deal with issues not necessarily well represented. If you have a story for TV that deals with a sensitive topic, highlights the needs of minorities in the U.S. and abroad or just has never been seen before on PBS, you may want to seek out the assistance of ITVS. Contact ITVS by email, postal mail or by phone.
Independent Television Service (ITVS) 651 Brannan Street Suite 410 San Francisco, CA 94107 (415) 356-8383 itvs.org
The American Theatre Wing
The American Theatre Wing consistently provides funding to New York City not-for-profit theatre, 501(c) -3 organizations to elevate new works and financially sustain worthy theatres in the process. Each year this program provides funding to Off and Off-Off Broadway theatre companies enabling them to continue creating new works for audiences all over America who come to New York to see the very best. You must go to the website to download an application; fully review the guidelines section.
American Theatre Wing 570 Seventh Avenue Suite 501 New York, NY 10018 (212) 765-0606 x310 americantheatrewing.org/
Heather Langone has been a professional writer for six years. She has a master's degree in writing from the University of Southern California and has written for TV, print and online media. Recently, she was a writing finalist in the Great Lakes Film Festival. Currently, Langone is a full-time freelance writer and has published how-to articles through sites such as eHow.com and Travels.com.