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Theatre Accessibility Grants

Stagebugz is proud to offer Theatre Accessibility Grants, which are donation-funded scholarships that cover a portion of tuition for students who wouldn't otherwise be able to participate. Our top priority at Stagebugz is to make arts affordable and accessible to all, and these grants are in place to prevent finances from being a barrier to a student's ability to participate. Grants are available for all summer camps and select school-year programs. 

Spring 2024 Grants

For Spring 2024 programs, please email stagebugztheatre@gmail.com for more information and to request a grant application. Spring applications will be considered on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified within 7 days of applying.

Summer 2024 Grants

The grant application window for Summer 2024 has closed. If you would like to be added to a waitlist in case additional funds become available, please email stagebugztheatre@gmail.com, and you will be notified if applications re-open. New applications will be reviewed and considered on a rolling basis. 

Who should apply?

Anyone who needs it! If money is the only reason your child cannot join a camp or class, we encourage you to apply for a grant. While grants are need-based, we understand that there are many reasons finances may be an issue aside from just household income. Each individual circumstance will be carefully evaluated; please do not hesitate to apply if you feel your family requires financial aid to participate. However, scholarship funds are limited, so we ask that families who are able to afford tuition leave these resources for others and refrain from applying. 

When can I apply for summer programs?

Grant applications for 2024 summer camps will be open from January 9th through March 1st, 2024. In an effort to make the grant process as equitable as possible, applicants must submit within the designated window. All applications will be reviewed together after the window has closed. After the deadline, families in need should email stagebugztheatre@gmail.com to be added to a waitlist in case additional funds become available. 

Who will review my application?

Grant applications are reviewed by a selection board hand-picked by Stagebugz directors that incliudes CPAs and members of Colorado's non-profit and artistic communities.  This allows for all applications to receive equal consideration from an impartial third party outside of Stagebugz directors and instructors while ensuring applicant's information is kept safe and confidential.

How are grants determined?

Scholarship applications are considered holistically and given a numerical score by each member of the review committee based on financial need, extenuating circumstances, percieved benefit to child, level of demonstrated interest, and overall thoroughness of application. While demonstrated need is the main factor considered, the review committee is looking for students who will benefit the most, which means we highly encourage you to be thoughtful and complete in your answers!

How much do scholarships cover?

Grant amounts range from 25% of program tuition to the equivalent of full tuition after the non-refundable deposit (approximately 60%).  In order to serve as many students as possible, funds are currently limited to one camp per child with a maximum of $300 per family per season. 

When will I be notified?

All applicants for Summer 2024 Theatre Accessibility Grants will be notified via email after the application window closes on March 1st and before March 15th, 2024.  

What if I don't receive a grant?

If you do not receive a grant, we highly encourage you to take advantage of Stagebugz's other financial assistance programs, including student leadership opportunities, free workshops, sibling and military discounts, and pay-what-you-can classes. You may also consider applying for a grant to one of our spring classes, in which scholarship applications tend to be less numerous. We would be happy to work with you to set up a payment plan to help ease the financial burden of summer camp as well.  

I have been offered a grant. What next?

Grant recipients have seven days to accept their spot by registering for camp. You will receive a personal registration link with your scholarship rate applied. Failure to register within the seven-day window will result in forfeit of your spot and the grant will be offered to another student. For extenuating circumstances, families are expected to communicate with Stagebugz immediately. Declining a grant after it has been offered may affect your eligibility for scholarship funds in the future, so please be sure you are ready to commit to registering before you apply!

I missed the application window and would like to join the waitlist. How does this work? 

If you would like to join the waitlist for summer grants, please email Stagebugztheatre@gmail.com with your child's name, age, and the camp for which you would be applying. You will be notified if additional funds become available, which may happen if a scholarship recipient is unable to accept or if Stagebugz receives additional donations to fund grants. In this case, all members of the waitlist will be sent a short application to fill out, and completed applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified within seven days of applying, and will then have seven days to register if they are given a grant. 

*Please note, after the initial application deadline, spots in camp will not be reserved for scholarship applicants. Therefore, if you are joining the grant application waitlist, we unfortunately cannot guarantee that space will still be available in your  chosen camp.

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