Megan Boone Grants for Performing Arts
Actress and Director Megan Boone was raised in The Villages and graduated from Belleview High School in 2001. Boone established the “Megan Boone Grants for the Performing Arts”, with Marion Cultural Alliance, in honor of Laurie D. Reeder and Nancy A. Atkinson, two arts educators who made a difference in Boone’s life. Each year, Boone will award a total of $6,500: $4,000 for a Theatre Educator and $2,500 divided between three students.
For Marion County Theatre educators in need of theater facility improvements, costumes, props, play texts, and/or a budget to support travel and accommodations for economically disadvantaged students to participate in already rehearsed performances. An advantage will be given by the committee to applicants if they are working on material that addresses women’s rights or equality, gay rights, environmental justice, or race relations in America.
Marion County Public School 6th Grade-12th Grade Theatre Educator
Inaugural 2022 Award
For this inaugural year, Megan Boone has designated her alma mater Belleview High School’s Diamondback Drama Company for improvements to the school’s Loft Theatre.
2023 Grant Cycle
Online applications for the first competitive cycle will be open April 1st 2023, with applications due June 30th. The committee will meet and award the grant by July 31st, 2023.
A final report from the arts educator is due within 3 months of receipt of the funds indicating how the funds were spent, how the funds supported improving their Performing Arts educational programs and what the Theatre Educator and his/her students gained from receiving the grant.
For three Marion County student applicants to purchase instruments and musical equipment.
Marion County Public School 6-12 student (3 awarded per grant cycle)
Students showing promise in band, chorus, strings, or instrumental will be eligible to be nominated by their band, chorus, strings, or instrumental teacher.
2022 Inaugural Grant Cycle
Online nominations will be accepted beginning October 1, 2022, with committee review and selection announced by December, 2022.
2023 Grant Cycle
Online applications for the 2023 Award open April 1st, 2023 with applications due June 30th. The committee will meet and award the grant by July 31st, 2023.
A final report from the students is due within 3 months of receipt of the funds indicating how the funds were spent and what the student has gained from receiving the grant.