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A.R.T./New York Microgrants

Overview

For over two decades the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) has provided grants to support small and mid-sized theatres in New York City and State. A.R.T./New York offers microgrants to all A.R.T./New York all members (both organizations & Individuals) who would like to hire specialized professionals to advance anti-oppression efforts at their organizations,and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

These grants are not intended to fund directors, stage managers, actors, writers, or other similar positions; they are intended to fund specialists.These specialists can either be hired to support a specific project or to work with an organization as a whole; they may also be hired by independently-formed cohorts of organizations who may wish to pool their resources in order to have the professional(s) support all of their organizations.

If you are looking for a place to start this work, you may want to check out the specialists and organizations listed below.

 


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Funds for Anti-Oppression Work

Available for members to hire specialized professionals to advance anti-oppression efforts at their organizations, including, but not limited to, anti-racism consultants, intimacy specialists, gender consultants, cultural coordinators, and the like. Available for members to hire specialized professionals to advance anti-oppression efforts at their organizations, including, but not limited to, anti-racism consultants, intimacy specialists, gender consultants, cultural coordinators, and the like.

Access A.R.T./New York Microgrants

Available for members to hire professionals to increase the accessibility of a project, including but not limited to ASL interpreters, audio describers, captioners, and consultants.



A.R.T./New York’s The Funds for Anti-Oppression Work microgrant supports the hiring of intimacy directors, along with many other types of professionals. Previously you may have accessed a different grant program to hire an intimacy Director. If you have questions about this or about any of our grant programs, please email [email protected]





Changes to Microgrants for FY23

  • Simplified application process. We have streamlined the Access Microgrants and Funds for Anti-Oppression Microgrants to be on the same application this year instead of being separate applications. Click the button below to apply. You can preview the application questions on this google doc here
  • Individual Members are now welcome to apply! Applicants for Individual Microgrants can apply for up to $1,000 through the program during this fiscal year (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023). They are not required to have matching funds.

  • Applicants for Organizational Microgrants can apply for up to $2,000 through the program during this fiscal year (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023). They are required to have matching funds.

 

Grant Funding

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Applicants must have already begun conversations with the professional(s) they are planning to hire before submitting an application. These microgrants can only be used for hiring people; they cannot cover the cost of technologies or services such as automated captions. Microgrant amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis to meet the needs of each applicant. 

Grants are given to organizations at a maximum of $2,000 and at a one-to-one match with the applicant. Organization applicants are welcome to apply for multiple microgrants in one fiscal year and may receive a maximum of $2000 in total grant(s) awarded per grant cycle (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023). 

Grants are given to Individuals at a maximum of $1,000, and no match is required with the applicant. Individual applicants are welcome to apply for multiple microgrants in one fiscal year and may receive a maximum of $1,000 in total grant(s) awarded per grant cycle (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023). 

Grantees will be expected to submit a brief report on the use of the grant funds within 6 months of receiving the funding. 

If you have any questions regarding the program or application, or would like to speak with a staff member of A.R.T./New York prior to preparing an application, please send an email to [email protected]rt-newyork.org
 
 

 
This Microgrant Chart Can also be found here »


 

Evaluation Criteria:

Panelists will be reviewing your applications based on the following criteria:

  • Feasibility of Project/Application
    • Is the scope of the grant-funded project, program, or use of funds feasible?
    • Is the compensation for the consultants appropriate?
    • Are there any major concerns with the theatre’s ability to execute the project?

  • Impact of Grant 
    • Does the applicant clearly demonstrate their need for working with the professional(s) who will be supported by the grant?
    • Will the work have an impact on the theatre, their staff, audiences, and/or artists, and/or the larger community?
    • Will this work have an impact on the individual, their theatre making, and/or their community?

  • Commitment to Anti-Oppression/Accessibility
    • Do the applicant’s values and practices align with the work of the professional they are hiring?
    • Does the applicant have an ongoing commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression, and does the proposed application meet that commitment?  
    • Does the applicant have an ongoing commitment to accessibility, and does the proposed application meet that commitment? 

Specialist & Organization

It is important to A.R.T./New York that we do not perpetuate the white supremacist practice of gatekeeping by restricting our members to only the consultants we have previously identified. Applicants are welcome to work with any professional they choose, regardless of whether or not they are on this list, and we will continue to update the list as we learn more from our community about different people doing this work. For deeper, long-term organizational change work outside of what this microgrant can financially support, we recommend inquiring about our Theatre Leadership Program.

 

Anti-Oppression Work Specialist

Accessibility Specialist


Accessibility

A.R.T./New York is committed to making our grantmaking and funding programs accessible to disabled theatre-makers, artists, and administrators. Accommodations including ASL interpretation, live captioning, audio description, etc are available upon request. If you need additional support in submitting an application to any of A.R.T./New York's grant programs,please submit requests to Adam Mummery and Erica Barnes at [email protected] at least 5 business days in advance.

Header: Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Finian's Rainbow. Photo by Carol Rosegg.