Our Funders

TCG awards approximately $2 million per year in grants, subsidies, and scholarships to theatre organizations and individuals to help build and connect a new generation of practitioners for the field. TCG is a re-granter and works with dozens of organizations and foundations like the Howard Gilman Foundation, Hearst Foundations, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Fox Foundation, and many others. These groups provide the resources that allow for the greatest possible impact, while TCG provides expertise in developing and administering programming.

Please read below for a history of the funders of TCG's grant programs over the lifetime of our organization. To view our current programming, click here. To receive email updates when applications are available, subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.


Absolut Vodka


Alan Schneider Memorial Fund


American Express: Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow. Under this giving initiative, which recognizes the significance of strong leadership in the nonprofit and social sectors, American Express awards grants focused on training high potential emerging leaders to tackle important issues in their communities. More than 15,000 emerging nonprofit and social sector leaders worldwide have benefitted from American Express leadership programs that address the growing deficit of leadership talent in the nonprofit sector. www.about.americanexpress.com


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (www.mellon.org) is a private philanthropic institution that makes grants on a selective basis in five core program areas: higher education and scholarship; libraries and scholarly communication; museums and art conservation; conservation and the environment; and performing arts. The Foundation’s Performing Arts program focuses on achieving long-term results by providing multi-year grants to leading organizations in the disciplines of music, theater, and dance. Annual giving in the area of the performing arts has averaged approximately $28 million per year since 2005. In 2004 The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation was awarded a National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government.


AT&T is among the world’s premier voice and data communications companies, serving consumers, businesses and government. With annual revenues of more than $66 billion in 2000, AT&T provides services to customers worldwide. Public service and social responsibility are traditions deeply embedded at AT&T. Through the AT&T Foundation, the company invests in projects that serve the needs of people in communities throughout the nation. In 2000, AT&T committed more than $60 million in community support across the country and around the world, with more than $5.5 million earmarked for projects in the performing and visual arts.


The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child abuse, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. www.ddcf.org.


The Estate of Willa Kim


The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than half a century it has been a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide, guided by its goals of strengthening democratic values, reducing poverty and injustice, promoting international cooperation and advancing human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Russia.


The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations and institutions working in the fields of Education, Health, Culture and Social Service. Our goal is to ensure that people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives. The charitable goals of the Foundations reflect the philanthropic interests of William Randolph Hearst. hearstfdn.org


Howard Gilman believed in the power of the arts to transform lives. The Howard Gilman Foundation honors his legacy by supporting the most robust, innovative, and promising performing arts organizations in New York City. howardgilmanfoundation.org


The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by early career/emerging artists. www.jeromefdn.org


The Joyce Foundation supports the development of policies that both improve the quality of life for people in the Great Lakes region and serve as models for the rest of the country. The Foundation invests in and focuses on today’s most pressing problems while also informing the public policy decisions critical to creating opportunity and achieving long-term solutions. The work is based on sound research and is focused on where we can add the most value. The Foundation partners with others and encourages innovative and collaborative approaches with a regional focus and the potential for a national reach. www.joycefdn.org.


Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. The Foundation invests in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Their goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. knightfoundation.org


MetLife Foundation was established by MetLife to continue the company’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. The Foundation supports programs that improve education, promote health, encourage parental involvement and family engagement, help revitalize neighborhoods and stress accessibility and inclusion. The Foundation contributes to arts and cultural organizations across the United States, with an emphasis on increasing opportunities for young people, reaching broad audiences through inclusive programming, and making arts more accessible for all people. For more information about the Foundation, please visit its web site at www.metlife.org.


Meyer Memorial Trust


The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation


Nathan Cummings Foundation


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a public agency dedicated to supporting the excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.


The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public, and invigorate civic life. www.pewtrusts.org


The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis


The Trust for Mutual Understanding was established in 1984 by an anonymous American philanthropist as a private, grantmaking organization dedicated to promoting improved communication, closer cooperation, and greater respect between the people of the United States, the Soviet Union, and other countries in Eastern and Central Europe. Today, the Trust makes grants to American nonprofit organizations to support the international travel component of cultural and environmental exchanges conducted in partnership with institutions and individuals in Russia and Eastern and Central Europe. Priority consideration is given to projects in which direct, professional interaction plays a major role. More information can be found on their website, www.tmuny.org.


Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment


Weissberg Foundation


The William & Eva Fox Foundation provides grants to actors and not-for-profit charitable organizations to promote study, research, and training in the field of acting and to encourage participation by actors and potential audiences in non-commercial theater. www.tcg.org/fox


The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. For more than 50 years, the Foundation has supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities and make the philanthropy sector more effective. www.hewlett.org


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