Grant Guidelines

 The Foundation no longer accepts unsolicited proposals. Applications are accepted only from organizations who have been invited to apply. Please see Application Procedures below for further information.


To be eligible to receive a grant from the Foundation, the proposed grantee must be either

  1. an organization which has been determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be a tax-exempt organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and “not a private foundation” within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code,
  2. a “governmental unit” as referred to in Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code, or
  3. an agency or instrumentality of a governmental unit, including, without limitation, a state college or university within the meaning of Section 511 (a)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Grants are not made to individuals or private foundations. Grants also are not made to organizations whose work is produced outside of the United States.

Grants are rarely made to organizations outside of the New York City metropolitan area.

Priority is given to projects for the improvement of speech and its uses in the areas of theatre, education, poetry, debate, and the oral interpretation of literature/spoken word. All projects must include a significant phase which is subject to observation by an audience.

Grant requests must be for a specific project or program. Grants are not given for, and therefore requests will not be considered for, general or capital support, scholarships or fellowships. Funds are limited; hence awards rarely exceed $5,000.