2022 NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund 
(A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program)Aya Ogawa, wearing a black and white checked shirt, sits at a table in front of a white wall with a bowl in front of her on the table. She is looking towards the camera.


In partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), A.R.T./New York is pleased to announce the 2022 NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund. The Creative Opportunity Fund provides general operating support grants of $2,000-$5,000 to small professional theatres with budgets under $500,000 working throughout New York State. The program aims to distribute flexible funding to support theatres throughout the state with capacity building and stabilization and to increase funding opportunities for theatres who have been left out of mainstream funding opportunities because of barriers associated with racial, economic, disability, and sexual identity and/or geographic location.

The Creative Opportunity Fund is a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts. A.R.T./New York regrants NYSCA funds, and all applicants and grantees will interact with A.R.T./New York as their grant maker. Payments are made via electronic or paper check, depending on the grantee’s preference.

Applicants to the Creative Opportunity Fund are NOT required to be members of A.R.T./New York. Applicants who receive funding through this program who have not been an A.R.T./New York member in the past five years will receive a free year of membership as part of their grant award. If you are not currently a member of A.R.T./New York but would like to receive more information about these funding opportunities, please sign up here to be added to our email list.


Please note: Applications are now closed for the year. The information below is for archival and informational purposes only.

The application for the next cycle of this program will be announced and open in Fall 2022.


Panelist Nominations

  • Panelist Nominations Close: November 29, 2021


  • Application Opens: October 25, 2021
  • Office Hours: November 1, 2021 - December 10, 2021
  • Application Closes: December 14, 2021 at 5:00pm


  • Sent via email by: February 2, 2022


Application Support and Technical Assistance

For full information about the consolidated application, the three grant programs currently accepting applications, and more, please review our Fall 2021 Grants Guide available here.

Info Sessions

A.R.T./New York will hold live and virtual info sessions for the 2022 Creative Opportunity Fund. The info sessions are led by A.R.T./New York staff and will review the grant, eligibility criteria, and application process. Attendees will also be able to ask any questions they may have about the application. Attendees are encouraged to review the grant website and application prior to attending the info session.

Info sessions in Manhattan and Brooklyn will cover all three Fall 2021 A.R.T./New York grants (the Creative Opportunity Fund, the Small Theatres Fund, and the Strengthening NYC Theatres Grant), while info sessions outside the five boroughs will only address the Creative Opportunity Fund. Applicants are welcome to join any info session they may be available for, regardless of whether they are in the specified location.

A recorded info session will also be available to view here on the A.R.T./New York website beginning November 3. The recorded info session is captioned, and all slides are audio described.

Automatic captioning is available on all virtual info sessions. ASL interpretation, live captioning, and other accessibility services are available upon request for all info sessions. Please contact our grants team, Corinne Woods and Adam Mummery, at the [email protected] email at least 5 business days prior to request.

New York City Info Session Dates
(Info Sessions will cover all three grant programs)

(Via Zoom)

Tuesday, October 26
12:30pm - 2:30pm


520 8th Ave, Rm 319

Wednesday, October 27
6:00pm - 8:00pm



138 South Oxford St

Monday, November 1
12:30pm - 2:30pm


520 8th Ave, Rm 319

Wednesday, November 10
6:30pm - 8:30pm


(Via Zoom)

Wednesday, November 17
5:00pm - 7:00pm


Co-hosted by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council


2700 East Tremont Avenue

Wednesday, November 17
Times TBA


Co-hosted by the 
Bronx Council on the Arts

(Via Zoom)

Friday, November 19
6:00pm - 8:00pm


Co-hosted by the 
Indie Theater Fund

(Via Zoom)

Monday, November 22
4:00pm - 6:00pm


Recorded Info Session

Available 24/7
Captioning Available

View the Recorded Info Session on YouTube


Non-NYC Info Session Dates
(Info Sessions will only cover COF)

 Saratoga Springs
320 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY

Saturday, November 6
1:00pm - 3:00pm


Co-Hosted by
Saratoga Arts

2495 Main Street, Suite 422
Buffalo, NY

Monday, November 15
6:00pm - 7:30pm


Co-hosted by
Arts Services Inc

 Westchester (virtual)

via Zoom

Tuesday, November 16
1:00pm - 2:30pm


Co-hosted by

 Livingston and Monroe
4 Murray Hill Drive
Mount Morris, NY

Thursday, November 18
12:00pm - 1:30pm


Co-Hosted by

Long Island

via Zoom

Thursday, November 18
2:00pm - 3:30pm


Co-Hosted by
Huntington Arts Council

St Lawrence County
via Zoom

Friday, November 19
1:00pm - 2:30pm


Co-Hosted by St. Lawrence Arts Council

Genesee and Orleans
201 East Main Street
Batavia, NY

Saturday, November 20
10:30am - 12:00pm


Co-Hosted by

 COF Only Virtual Session

Open to Any Applicants
via Zoom

Tuesday, November 30
5:00pm - 6:30pm





Office Hours with Grants Team

This year A.R.T./New York staff will be offering technical assistance in the form of virtual "office hours" with Director of Programs Corinne Woods and Grants Coordinator Adam Mummery. All applicants will be able to schedule a 25 minute session, during which they’ll be happy to discuss your responses to the questions in the grant application, look over potential work samples you're considering, talk through questions on your budget and/or budget notes, and answer any other questions regarding the grant and your application you might have.

Please be sure you have reviewed the grant application, eligibility requirements, and evaluation criteria prior to your meeting. You do not need to have completed responses to the application questionnaire before your meeting, but the more you have prepared the more substantial feedback they’ll be able to provide.

To book an Office Hours appointment, please click here. All appointments will be held virtually through Google Meet or Zoom between November 1, 2021 - December 10, 2021.


A.R.T./New York is committed to making our grantmaking and funding programs accessible to disabled theatre-makers, artists, and administrators. Our Application Guide and Tips & Tricks/FAQ documents are available in large print. Virtual Information Sessions and Office Hours Appointments offer automatic captioning through Zoom and Google. Additional accommodations including ASL interpretation, live captioning, audio description, etc are available upon request. Please submit requests to Adam Mummery and Corinne Woods at [email protected] at least 5 business days in advance. 

Narrative questions can be submitted in writing or by submitting an audio or video file of a company member answering the narrative questions. If you need additional support in submitting an application to any of A.R.T./New York's grant programs, please reach out to Adam Mummery and Corinne Woods at [email protected]

 Header: 2019 NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund Recipient Aya Ogawa's Ludic Proxy: Fukushima. Photo by Saori Tsukada courtesy of Ludic Proxy: Fukushima