The Jim Henson Foundation awards grants each year for the creation of innovative works of contemporary puppet theater. The Foundation's definition of a puppet is an object that is given the appearance of life through direct or indirect manipulation by the human hand. The Foundation judges applications based on the excellence of the puppetry including puppet design, manipulation, and theatrical execution.
Please note that the Foundation will prioritize work that can continue beyond a premiere. The Foundation looks for shows that will live on through multiple performances with the potential to tour both nationally and internationally.