Margaret Abell Powell Fund

The Margaret Abell Powell Fund:

Awards grants to qualified nonprofits producing classical-ballet and traditional theater in English in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Grants typically do not exceed $20,000.

It is required that grantees use 10 percent of the grant to provide free tickets to students from nearby school districts who would otherwise be unlikely to attend performances.

Grant requests must be from nonprofits operating in:

  • The District of Columbia;
  • Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland;
  • The City of Alexandria and Arlington County in Virginia.

The Fund will consider applications for:

  • Underwriting of specific classical ballet and traditional theater performances;
  • Training of local actors, actresses, performers and dancers;
  • Staging and choreography of specific pieces; and
  • General operating expenses.

The Fund will not consider applications for:

  • Consecutive year grants
  • 501 (c) (3) organizations that do not have a 509 (a) (1) or (2) status or not included under Section 170(b)(1)(A)(i),(ii), (iii), (iv), (v) or (vi) on your IRS Letter
  • Organizations that perform, sponsor or promote abortion
  • Performances that are not classical ballet and traditional theater;
  • Organizations based or performing outside the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area;
  • Productions using performers who are not local;
  • National touring companies, even those performing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area;
  • Construction or improvement of buildings


STEP ONE: Review Requirements & Deadlines.

STEP TWO: You must receive an invitation to apply. If you are eligible, you will be invited by our staff to submit a proposal.

Margaret Abell Powell Fund Grants Awarded:

Classical Ballet:

Traditional Theater:

Classical Ballet & Traditional Theater:

Our Grantees' Mailing Address and Website Address:

Adventure Theatre

7300 MacArthur Blvd

Glen Echo, MD 20812


American Dance Institute, Inc.

1570 E Jefferson Street

Rockville, MD 20852


Amherst College Trustees - Folger Shakespeare Library

201 East Capitol Street SE

Washington, DC 20003


Arena Stage

1101 Sixth St, SW

Washington, DC 20024


Ballet Arts Academy at the Old Waldorf School Inc

P.O. Box 332

Waldorf, MD 20604


BalletNova Center for Dance

3443 Carlin Springs Road

Falls Church, Virginia 22041


BlackRock Center for the Arts

12901 Towen Commons Drive

Germantown, MD 20874


Bowen McCauley Dance Inc

2016 N Woodstock Street

Arlington, VA 22207


Building Bridges Across the River, Inc. (THEARC)

1901 Mississippi Ave, SE

Washington, DC 20020


CityDance Ensemble, Inc.

5301 Tuckerman Lane

N. Bethesda, MD 20852


Dance Institute of Washington

3400 14th Street NW

Washington, DC 20010


Ellington Fund

3500 R Street, NW

Washington, DC 20007


Ford's Theatre

511 Tenth Street NW

Washington, DC 20004


Imagination Stage

4908 Auburn Ave

Bethesda, MD 20814


John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts

1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20566


Levine School of Music

2801 Uptown Street NW

Washington, DC 20008


Lumina Studio Theatre, Inc.

620 Pershing Drive

Silver Spring, MD 20910


Maryland Youth Ballet

926 Ellsworth Drive

Silver Spring, MD 20910


Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Inc.

10076 Darnestown Road Ste 202

Rockville, MD 20850


Olney Theatre Corporation

2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd

Olney, MD 20832


Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts

1700 Kalorama Rd, NW, Suite 101

Washington, DC 20009


Round House Theatre Inc

4545 East-West Highway

Bethesda, MD 20814


Shakespeare Theatre Company

516 8th Street NW

Washington, DC 20003


Signature Theatre, Inc.

3806 South Four Mile Drive

Arlington, VA 22206


The Washington Ballet

3515 Wisconsin Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016


Universal Ballet Foundation-

dba Kirov Academy of Ballet Washington, DC

4301 Harewood Road NE

Washington, DC 20017


Washington Stage Guild

4018 Argyle Terrace, NW

Washington, DC 20011-5301


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