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  • ETC is committed to providing charitable support to the performing arts; the education, recognition and welfare of students and professionals employed in technical design of performing arts; the education and development of future leaders in technology; the benefit or betterment of communities and non-profit entities selected by ETC employees.

    There are two types of philanthropic grants available, each requiring applicants to meet eligibility requirements and successfully complete the application process. The types of grants are:

    • Equipment grants of new/used/refurbished ETC goods and gear
    • Funding grants awarded by ETC’s Community Betterment Committee (CBC)

    Equipment grants typically consist of small additions or enhancements to existing equipment or systems, such as a small fixture package or a low-to-mid-range control console. The retail value of such awards seldom exceeds $10,000. Please note: ETC is unable to fund complete lighting system packages or any awards that would require system commissioning or electrical upgrades. In addition, if the Corporate Giving office is unable to fund at least 50% of an equipment request, the grant will not be awarded.

    Funding grants awarded through ETC’s Community Betterment Committee (CBC) are typically modest; requests that exceed $10,000 are seldom awarded. The committee meets twice annually (in May and November) to review and award grant requests.


    Review Schedules and Application Deadlines.

    Funding Requests
    CBC Grant Cycle        Application Deadline         Decision/Awarded by:
    Spring   April 30   June 30
    Fall   September 30   December 31

    *Community Betterment applications are reviewed and funded semiannually.


    Equipment Requests
    Equipment Grant Cycle           Application Deadline          Decision/Awarded by:
    Annual   September 30   December 31

       *Equipment applications are reviewed and funded annually.


    How to Apply:

    Please Review the Guidelines to determine and ensure your eligibility.     Guidelines


    1. Download the appropriate application and complete form

      CBC Application       Equipment Application


    2. Add additional narrative documentation
    3. Provide proof of non-profit document (e.g. 501(c)3 documentation copy) Failure to include documentation will disqualify the application.
    4. Submit the application by email or by surface mail to:

      Corporate Giving Office
      Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.
      P.O. Box 620979
      Middleton, WI 53562-0979

    Disclaimer: By submitting a grant application, you grant ETC permission to use the information contained herein for marketing and other promotional purposes, as determined solely at the discretion of ETC. ETC agrees to use any information provided solely for marketing and promotional purposes. We will not sell your information to any third parties. You agree that ETC will have no obligation to keep your information confidential. You may revoke this granted permission by providing written notice to the Corporate Giving Office address as provided below. However, the revocation will not be applicable to any information used or disclosed by ETC prior to receipt of the written notice of revocation.