Presenter's Grant Guidelines


2018 Granting Cycle, Calendar - Presenter's Grants
  November 1, 2017: Deadline to submit Presenter's Grant Applications, Fall  
  May 1, 2018: Deadline to submit Presenter's Grant Applications, Spring  



Presenter's Grants - invitation only




Chiflón, El Silencio del Carbón
by Silencio Blanco

Photo by Lorenzo Mella

The Jim Henson Foundation Presenter's Grants were created in 2004 to help to continue the work started by the Henson International Festivals of Puppet Theater in the 1990s. These grants were established to promote the presentation of excellence in contemporary puppet theater in New York City. Please note, there are very limited funds for Presenter's Grants and are invitation only. There are two levels of funding for Presenter's Grants: $5,000 and $10,000.
 
NOTE:  It is important that a majority of the grant is used towards performance fees and services that directly benefit the artists.

$5,000 - The presenting of one piece of puppet theater in a high-profile theater. This piece needs to be either a Production Grant recipient of The Jim Henson Foundation, an international piece of puppet theater, or a work that is of exceptionally high caliber. We fund excellence in new contemporary puppet theater. The work needs to be fully supported by the theater in a proper run of a minimum of four performances, more if possible.  The Foundation prefers to fund presentations lasting multiple weekends which have the potential to attract attention from the press.

$10,000 - The presenting of three or more works of puppet theater within a season or a festival. This must be a minimum of three different puppet artists (or companies) performing three different pieces of puppet theater. The pieces need to be either Production Grant recipients of The Jim Henson Foundation, international pieces of puppet theater, or works that are of exceptionally high caliber. We fund excellence in new contemporary puppet theater. Each work needs to have an a minimum of two performances and we encourage a longer run of at least 4 performances, and more if possible.  The Foundation prefers to fund presentations lasting multiple weekends which have the potential to attract attention from the press.

If your theater is invited to apply for a $5,000, or $10,000 Presenter's Grant please submit a multi-page PDF containing a letter detailing the puppet theater programming you are planning for 2017, a budget outlining how this funding will be used to help support this programming, dates and times of when events will take place, a description of how your venue has supported new contemporary works of puppet theater in the past, and 2-3 pages of visuals that support your application. Up to 4 minutes of video for each puppet theater piece is encouraged, but is not a requirement.

 

Instructions for how to submit your application

The multi-page PDF and any video footage need to be uploaded to:  https://www.hightail.com/dropbox?dropbox=HensonFoundation


When submitting your application materials via the Highatil.com link above:
  • under "Full Name" write the name of the artist or company that is submitting the grant application
  • under "Subject" write the name of the project for which you are submitting
  • under "Message" write the name of the presenter that is submitting the grant application, followed by 2018 Presenter's Grant and any other notes that may be necessary.
An email will be sent to you acknowledging the receipt of your full application within one week of its receipt.


Questions?

If you have a question about our guidelines, you may be able to find the answer on our list of Frequently Asked Questions. You can also reach us at 212.439.7504 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It is best to contact us with any questions well in advance of the application deadlines.