They Got the Grant!

"I would encourage other community theater companies to stop "bragging" about the quality of their productions. Instead, focus on the clear and objective ways that you are provide a service to your community. Highlight the programs and operations that empower youth or build community, and be explicit about how you do that."

Congratulations to Paraphrase Productions on its recent gift of funding from Yellow Brick Road. Hear from Paraphrase's Andrew Marderian about what it took to 'Get the Grant' in the quick Q&A below.

1. You received a grant from Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop. How did you first learn about this grant opportunity?

Yellow Brick Road is one of the major funders for smaller organizations in our community, and it first came onto our radar when one of our major supporters pointed us in their direction last December.

2. Have you applied for it before? If so, did you receive funding from that/those request(s)?

No, this was our first time applying for a grant from YBR.

3. What specifically did you apply for- a project, a new program, operating funds, etc?

We received operating support for our 2019 season.

4. What do you think set your grant application apart from others, or helped you succeed in receiving funding on this particular grant?

In writing this grant, I made a point to highlight our 2019 community engagement and arts education programs; those things are ultimately what most funders care about. While producing good shows is important, the reality is that most funders care more about the tangible ways were are bettering our community--rather than just how good our shows are. I put an emphasis on the other local youth organizations that we partner with, our internship program, and other arts education initiatives.

5. From your experience specifically on receiving this grant, what is one piece of advice or something you learned that you'd like to share with other community theatres looking to 'Get That Grant'?

I would encourage other community theater companies to stop "bragging" about the quality of their productions. Instead, focus on the clear and objective ways that you are provide a service to your community. Highlight the programs and operations that empower youth or build community, and be explicit about how you do that.

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