Global Connections Overview

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Eligibility and Selection | Selection Process and Criteria | Guidelines and Applications | Timeline | Funder | Contact

The Global Connections program was designed by TCG and is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. US-based theatre organizations and individual artists may apply to one of the two initiatives of this program:

Global Connections—On the Road: This initiative will award grants of up to $5,000 each to foster new relationships with international colleagues that will inspire each other’s work and aesthetics by creating opportunities for cultural exchange.

Global Connections—In the Lab: This initiative will award grants of $10,000 each to further pre-existing international collaborations by supporting residencies that either advance the development of a piece or explore elements leading up to a full production.

Previous recipients of other TCG grants are eligible to apply in this program. Please review the deadline section which identifies specific periods for all eligible activity.

The Global Connections program was created in response to the natural evolution and development of TCG’s previous

international programs and services. To date, many U.S.-based theatre organizations and individual artists have made substantial strides in learning and developing projects with colleagues abroad. As a result of this work, many require additional resources to further the relationships established from their initial travels and first encounters. In addition, TCG recognizes the importance in continuing to seed new relationships by building a solid foundation for fruitful cultural exchanges.  The Global Connections On the Road and In the Lab grants are designed to meet these distinct needs.

At this time, the next round of the Global Connections program has not been announced and is dependent on funding. To receive updates on future open application cycles, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.

Eligibility and Selection Process

Round 6 Eligibility & Selection Process

Please Note: The information on this page refers to Round 6 of the program, which is no longer accepting applications. At this time, the next round of the Global Connections program has not been announced and is dependent on funding. To receive updates on future open application cycles, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.

Eligible applicants must submit their applications through TCG's Online Application Portal no later than the listed deadlines.  Recipients in Round 6 • Cycle A and Round 6 • Cycle B of this program are not eligible to apply in Round 6 • Cycle C and applicants can only receive one grant in Round 6.

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

  • 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.

In the Lab

  • 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

TCG’s core values of Artistry, Diversity, Activism, and Global Citizenship inform its programs and services for the not-for-profit theatre field. TCG believes in the equitable disbursement of grants throughout its programs to nurture and support an interdependent, inclusive, and sustainable theatre field.

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:

  • Depth of the collaboration and quality of the artistic expression the theatres/artists involved are pursuing as illustrated by:
  • Collaborations that are substantive in form and content;
  • A history of well-executed and well-produced theatrical work, demonstrating control of production values and technique;
  • Application narratives that are self-reflective/critical and demonstrate internal development and willingness to take risks, as appropriate;
  • Application narratives that reflect 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.

Round 6 Guidelines & Applications

Please Note: The information on this page refers to Round 6 of the program, which is no longer accepting applications. At this time, the next round of the Global Connections program has not been announced and is dependent on funding. To receive updates on future open application cycles, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.

Round 6 - Cycle C: How to Apply [FOR REFERENCE ONLY]

Step 1:   Download and read the Guidelines. [FOR REFERENCE ONLY]

Step 2:   Choose the correct Online Application Form based on applicant type (Individual Theatre Professional or Organization) and the Global Connections Initiative (On the Road or In the Lab).  Choosing the correct Online Application Form is important, because questions vary depending on the applicant type and initiative. 

Click on the appropriate link below and follow the instructions on the subsequent pages:

Individual Theatre Professionals

Organizations

  • Click Here for Individual Theatre Professional On the Road Online Application Form
  • Click Here for Individual Theatre Professional In the Lab Online Application Form
  • Click Here for Organization On the Road Online Application Form
  • Click Here for Organization In the Lab Online Application Form

NOTE: At any given moment you can select Save & Finish Later before you log off from your application session. To return to your application after you log off, please click here.

Step 3:   Submit your application materials through TCG's Online Application Portal by Tuesday, September 18, 2018, NOON Eastern Time.

General Instructions on using TCG's Online Application Portal:

 Do not close out of browser without clicking the Save & Finish Later button. At any time, you can save your work and return to the application form by selecting the Save & Finish Later button.

  • Click the check mark icon next to long text boxes to spell check your work.
  • You will not be able to bold, italicize or underline your text. We suggest putting show titles in CAPS or using quotation marks.
  • When applicable, you may click the info box icon for formatting requirements and special instructions, when necessary.
  • You can transfer the ownership of the application by selecting the "Save & Finish Later" button and clicking the "Transfer to a new owner" icon.
  • You can give access to another person to view your application by selecting the "Save" button and clicking the "Email Draft" link.
  • To return to your application after you log off, please click here.

Timeline

Please Note: The information on this page refers to Round 6 of the program, which is no longer accepting applications. At this time, the next round of the Global Connections program has not been announced and is dependent on funding. To receive updates on future open application cycles, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.

Cycle A

Online Application Submission Deadline

September 13, 2017, NOON ET

Notification of Applicants

(Will be sent via e-mail )

Week of November 27, 2017

Earliest Start Date for Activities

January 15, 2018

All Activities Must be Complete

July 31, 2018

Cycle B

Online Application Submission Deadline

March 22, 2018, NOON ET

Notification of Applicants

(Will be sent via e-mail )

Week of May 21, 2018

Earliest Start Date for Activities

August 1, 2018

All Activities Must be Complete

February 28, 2019

Cycle C

Online Application Submission Deadline

September 18, 2018, NOON ET

Notification of Applicants

(Will be sent via e-mail )

Week of November 26, 2018

Earliest Start Date for Activities

January 15, 2019

All Activities Must be Complete

August 31, 2019

Funder

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


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Founded in 1969, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies by supporting exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. Additional information is available at www.mellon.org.

Contact



For more information on the Global Connections program please email global@tcg.org.