Global Connections

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must submit their applications through the TCG's Online Application Portal no later than the listed deadlines.  Round 4 Cycle B recipients may apply in Round 5 Cycle B only if their activities and reporting are completed by March 9th, 2016, NOON EST.

Organizations must meet the following requirements:

  • 501(c)3 status (Fiscal sponsors are not allowed);
  • History of developing and/or producing its own theatre work over the last three years;
  • Location within the United States or its territories;
  • Employment of at least one full-time salaried staff person at the time of application;
  • All artists within the organization must be compensated a fair amount for their work, but it is not necessary for the theatre to use an Equity contract.

Individual Theatre Professionals must meet the following requirements:

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status;
  • Have a minimum of five years experience working in the not-for-profit theatre field with a history of developing theatre works within the last year;
  • Capacity to implement the proposed activity as illustrated by previous projects of similar size, scope and structure.
Additional Program Specific eligibility requirements:
On the Road In the Lab  
  • All organizations and individual applicants must use funds to seek new relationships with artists from outside the U.S.;
  • Requests for support to travel to meet with existing or previous collaborators are not eligible for this initiative of the program;
  • Applications focusing solely on travel or scouting without a cultural exchange component will not be competitive;
  • Previous recipients are not eligible to apply in consecutive rounds.
  • All U.S. organizations and individual applicants must have a history of producing professional work or developing new work with professional artists from other countries, and illustrate a previous history of working together.
  • Requests for support to develop projects with new collaborators are not eligible for this initiative of the program.
  • Previous recipients are not eligible to apply in consecutive rounds.

Selection Process and Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by an independent national selection panel of experienced theatre professionals with a background in international exchange. Panelists will review eligible proposals and select recipients based on the information provided in your application by using the following selection criteria:

  • Accomplishments and artistic excellence of the theatres/artists involved, as illustrated in the artist organization statement and narrative by discussing how the work:
  • Is inventive, imaginative and substantive in form and content;
  • Is well-executed and well-produced, demonstrating control of production values and technique;
  • Is self reflective/critical and demonstrates internal development and willingness to take risks,as appropriate;
  • Reflects awareness of the history and contemporary practice of the field and its relationship to both;
  • Evidence of commitment and ability to use the grant funds effectively to develop the proposed activity, as illustrated by:
  • Theatre training and professional experience of participating artists and collaborators (formal or informal);
  • Interest and/or experience in international work or cross-cultural exchange by the applicant;
  • Clearly articulated plan to implement the proposed travel or project;
  • Appropriateness of the budget, timeframe and capacity to implement the proposed activity;
  • Proven fiscal responsibility as illustrated by submitted materials.
  • If applicable, applicants must demonstrate the ability to raise additional funds for projects whose budgets exceed the maximum allowable grant request amount.
  • Potential to significantly impact and advance the applicant collaborator(s), and the larger filed.