Great Performance Fund for Theater

A grant from the Great Performance Fund for Theater helped Theatre Lila produce "The Mojo and the Sayso," a poignant play about a family's struggle to overcome the tragic death of their son.

The Great Performance Fund for Theater is an endowment fund at Madison Community Foundation created to support professional theater in Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts.

The fund distributes approximately $150,000 each year to help with production costs. Professional theater companies seeking to perform at the Overture Center may submit applications.


Eligible applicants must be a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status professional theater. Applicant organizations must also meet three of the following four requirements to apply:

a) Have an equity contract
b) Have offered a minimum of three self-produced productions per year for two consecutive years
c) Pay a contracted fee and/or salary to two or more actors for each production
d) Pay a contracted fee and/or salary to at least one member of its support staff

Grant Application

Download the Great Performance Fund for Theater application. Upon completion, please email your application to Tom Linfield at with your organization’s name in the subject line. Please include your organization's name in the subject line of the email. Applications should not exceed three pages. Submissions longer than this will not be reviewed. Materials sent by mail or fax will not be accepted. 


Electronic applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on March 15th. Supplemental information will be requested by April 1. Awards will be announced by April 20.