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The International Centre for Women Playwrights Call for Proposals is a part of our initiative to create more equity and access in theatre with an eye on inclusion of women playwrights within the United States as well as globally.

The purpose of our development grants is to make funds available to ICWP members to advance their playwriting experiences and careers. This year we are pleased to provide TWO DEVELOPMENT GRANTS to our members!  


BIPOC grant 

In response to various forms of racism in society, the BIPOC FUND was developed in 2021. 

IN 2021, nine grants were awarded to Black, Indigenous and Women playwrights of Colour.
Six grants supported scripted readings of new work.
Three grants helped women pursue opportunities to learn more about the art of playwriting.
$3, 200 distributed to elevate women's voices in the playwriting community.

    Amy Oestreicher Grant

    In honor of a treasured member of our community, the AMY OESTREICHER FUND was developed and announced in 2022.

    Grants distributed in her name will be dedicated to disabled women playwrights.  


    Decisions to support applicants will be based upon the following criteria:

    • Women & women-identifying current members of the International Centre for Women Playwrights 
    • Member of Indigenous Black People of Colour (BIPOC) community 
    • Disabled woman playwright 
    • Member of an equity seeking group facing oppression
    Equity-seeking groups experience disadvantage and discrimination and are seeking resources and opportunities that further social justice.
    • Living in a country where women are persecuted for sharing their views and face gender and/or cultural barriers
    • Demonstrate a commitment to playwriting (previous experience)
    • Current Board Members are not eligible. 

    Grants will be available in specific amounts in four categories. 

    Applicants may apply in ONE category only.

    1. Admission to theatre productions: $100.00
    2. Travel to attend theatre productions: $100.00

    3. Playwriting workshops/retreat: $400.00
    4. Support for a play reading of you new script:  $400.00


    Funds will be disbursed in two USD installments by PayPal or Zelle.

    Recipients must submit a report prior to receiving the final payment.

    All recipients will give permission to ICWP to share photos and reports to promote the positive outcomes of financial support from the ICWP Development Fund.

    Playwriting projects for the Development Fund must be completed by October 31st, 2024.

    All promotional materials for ICWP-funded activities must included the following statement: “This activity is funded in whole or partly through the Development Fund of the International Centre for Women Playwrights."

    Please note that as a USA non-profit, ICWP can only fund play development activities taking place in countries that have not been sanctioned under USA law at the time of this call for proposals.

    If you are unable to submit your proposal on the GoogleForm because of your countries' internet restrictions or an ADA need, please send an email with the following subject line to for more information: 


    ICWP Is a 501- c - 3 Non Profit  Organization, incorporated in the State of Ohio, USA

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