OpenSpot Theatre believes in the highest caliber of support for our students. However, we also know this means our pricing may be beyond some budgets. Fear not! We have various grants and scholarship opportunities to ease the hiring process.

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Current Grant Opportunities

Michigan Humanities Council logoMichigan Humanities Council

The MHC offers Arts & Humanities Touring Grants to help support the fees and expenses for hosting arts and humanities programming. OpenSpot Theatre – Detroit Chapter is honored to have been selected as one of the organizations the MHC supports.

Timeline: There are 3 funding windows throughout each year:

  • December 1 to February 28 performances: application opens November 15th
  • March 1 to May 31 performances: application opens February 1st
  • June 1 to August 15 performances: application opens May 1st

Eligiblity: Available to Michigan non-profit organizations. May request up to 40% of the fees and travel expenses, not to exceed $4,000.

Contact: This application is easy peasy! Fill out the application online in ten minutes. You can also contact Jennifer Rupp at

Fill Out MHC Application

American Theatre Wing 2021 Classroom Resources Grant

American Theatre Wing logo overlaying image of a theatreThe American Theatre Wing launches applications for its 5th year of Classroom Resource Grants – a continuation to directly address key systemic issues the create obstacles in the education and training pipeline. These grants were established to distribute funds directly to under-resources public schools to provide equipment, instruments, and other necessary materials to create new teaching opportunities, enhance existing theatre programs, to provide access and an introduction to theatre for children in schools.

Deadline: Apply by Friday, October 29th, 2021

Learn More & Apply for Grant

Sometimes our families need a little extra help, too. We will never turn away a student wanting to learn theatre. Please contact us if you have a financial hardship and we will help you find funding through Grants, Scholarships, or our Backstage Hero Sponsorship Program.