A.R.T./New York provides a variety of financial resources to help theatres realize their creative potential.

Members served by our funding program in the 2015 fiscal year.

Dollars in grants distributed in the 2015 fiscal year.


Fully subsidized rehearsal space hours granted in the 2015 fiscal year.


Dollars in loans distributed in the 2015 fiscal year.

NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund 

(A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program)





The NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program) is a new regrant program that will provide two types of grants that support either organizational growth or the development of new work for the professional theatre in New York State. This grant will address small theatres with budget of $500,000 or under, and organizations that have limited  administrative capacity. A.R.T./New York will regrant NYSCA funds, and all applicants and grantees will interact with A.R.T./New York as their grant maker. The goals of this grant are to provide a grant funding opportunity with a simple application process accessible to small organizations; offer and/or increase funding to theatre groups, and certain individual artists and unincorporated entities that would not otherwise apply to NYSCA; help organizations to grow institutionally as they prepare to apply directly to NYSCA; support high quality, professional theatre that  advances the field; and create opportunities for participation in the arts, particularly for historically underserved populations and communities in New York State. 

NYSCA and A.R.T./New York, for the purposes of this regrant, define a professional theatre company in the following ways:

  • Must have self-produced for a minimum of two seasons. A season is defined as producing at least one production running a minimum of three (3) performances over the course of a year OR a series of readings/development activities open to the public;
  • Have performances open to the general public;
  • Must pay artists; and
  • Must not charge fees to artists (including but not limited to playwrights, actors, designers, and directors) to participate in theatrical productions of the organization.  Organizations may charge fees only for legitimate classes and training programs and only if they are clearly distinct from theatre productions.
  • Projects that are undertaken by individual artists or unincorporated entities must be able to demonstrate a history of self-producing work for the general public, with plans to show work for the public in the grant period, must pay artists and may not charge artists fees to participate in the work (though artists who teach separately are welcome to apply). Individual artists and independent producers are strongly encouraged to apply in the Opportunity to Create category. 



Awards for The NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program) will range from $2,000, to $6,000. Grants will be made in two categories:

  • OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE (OTC) funding will support the development or presentation of high quality professional theatre, with a focus on work that expands the form and addresses new or underserved audiences using unique, clearly-defined, strategies;
  • OPPORTUNITY TO GROW (OTG) funding will support a strategic growth initiative that will help to stabilize the administration of an organization, allow the organization to address a challenge or to grow and professionalize.

Applicants may apply to ONE category each fiscal year.


Grant funding decisions will be made in February 2018, for a grant year of January-December 2018.

Please note: Beginning in calendar year 2018 (FY18) and in subsequent years, applicants may apply to either the NYSCA Theatre Program or the Creative Opportunity Fund but not to both. Please keep in mind that NYSCA will open its FY2018 application process in early spring, 2017. 


Current grantees can find information on crediting policies and language here.



The application for the 2018 NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund will open Monday, November 20, 2017 and close Monday, January 8, 2018 at 5:00pm.




(From the FY2017 Application)



For more information about this program, please contact Corinne Woods, Programs Coordinator, at or (212) 244-6667 ext. 241.



Grant crediting guidelines and language »

FY17 NYSCA-A.R.T/New York Creative Opportunity Fund Grant Reporting Form »

(Remember: you must be logged in as your organization to complete the form)



Opportunity To Create

Hip to Hip Theatre Company
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Arts
Kyoung's Pacific Beat
Lesser America
The Movement Theatre Company
New Phoenix Theatre on the Park
Paramount Hudson Valley Arts
Quick Silver Theater Company
Steps Theatre
Theatre 167
Untitled Theater Company No. 61

Opportunity To Grow

Broken Box Mime Theater
Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York
Little Lord
Prospect Theater Company
Restless Productions NYC
Shake on the Lake, Inc.
Sheas 710 Main Theatre
Theater Breaking Through Barriers Corp.




This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 




Header: 2017 Nancy Quinn Fund, Creative Space Grant, Creative Opportunity Fund, and Rental Subsidy Fund recipient Broken Box Mime Theater's prduction of SEE REVERSE //  Photo: Bjorn Bolinder @findthelightphotography