Frequently Asked Questions for Grant Proposals to the Charlotte Cushman Foundation

What are you looking for in the narrative section?
The narrative should include the reasons the company is producing this project, the goals and expectations of the production, the major roles and the known performers. For the roles that have been cast, provide the actors’ names and the qualifications they possess that make them the choice for the role. The Trustees appreciate brevity in all areas of the application.

What should I include for the project timetable?
Include opening and closing dates and the number of performances during the run.

What is the Charlotte Cushman Foundation's proposal due date?
The Foundation accepts proposals on a rolling basis. Proposals should be submitted by the first day of the month at least two full months before the first performance of the production for which you are applying.

What is the Charlotte Cushman Foundation's Range of Grant Award Amounts?
Foundation grants ranged from $500 to $3,500 in the last year.

Do you fund individuals?
No, the Foundation only fund 501(c)(3) theater companies and groups with fiscal sponsorship.

Do you fund a season or multiple productions?
Proposals to the Foundation should be for a specific project or production, not for an entire season. Organizations may only receive funding for one production in a calendar year. However, if your organization is denied funding, you may apply for another production within the same year.

We do not have an audited financial statement, because we are too small, are we to small to submit a proposal?
Yes, the Foundation funds small 501(c)(3) companies and fiscally sponsored projects. Please submit your most recent Form 990 and any financial reports you have for your last fiscal year, even if they are produced internally.

May we submit for more than one production?
The Charlotte Cushman Foundation's financial year runs from January 1 to December 31, and we fund only one production per grantee within that time period.

If you have any further questions, please email the Cushman Foundation Administrator, Carol Nitzberg at