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Creative Space Grants
Guidelines & Eligibility

Please also review the Space Guidelines for Grantees before applying.



  • All current members of A.R.T./New York in good standing with no overdue rent, loans, or member dues are encouraged to apply.
  • Companies applying for A.R.T./New York membership in order to be eligible for a grant must apply for membership at least 2 weeks before the grant deadline and should reach out to [email protected] explaining their intention to apply, in order to ensure their membership is approved in time.
  • Business Affiliates of A.R.T./New York are ineligible. 

Evaluation Criteria

  • Organizational Identity – Does the applicant clearly articulate its mission, goals, and core programming? Are these in sync with one another? Does the company or project distinguish itself from others in serving a unique community of artists and audience members? Is the company or project serving a diverse audience and cohort of artists, and defining diversity effectively for their community? Do the artists involved in the company or project reflect the cultural and aesthetic diversity of theatre and their own community in this moment? 
  • Use of Grant – is the intended use of the grant sufficiently articulated and does it fit within the parameters of the grant?  Has the company clearly explained how it will use the grant credit?  Will the grant have a clear impact on the company and its ability to produce new or existing programming more successfully? Is there any doubt as to the applicant’s ability to use all the credit they are requesting?
  • Overall Application – is the application presented in a neat, cohesive, clear manner? Are there any grammatical or typographical errors? Most importantly, does the applicant make a case for funding?

General Guidelines

  • Applicant must request between $500 - $1,750 in credit, to be used from July 1 to December 31, 2019.
  • Applicant must NOT have allowed more than $200 in Creative Space credit from the previous cycle to go unused without communication with A.R.T./New York by April 15th, 2019. 
  • Applicant will NOT apply grant credit to bookings made prior to the grant notification.
  • Applicant must NOT use the space for revenue-generating activities. 

Narrative Statement Review

Applicants who wish to receive comments on a draft of their narrative before submitting their application may send a draft and receive comments from the A.R.T./New York Programs team. 

Before doing so, we strongly encourage you to read over the narrative questions and the criteria for evaluation and ensure your narrative addresses these in full. We also strongly encourage you to have a second reader do the same, as well as having someone look over the narrative for a copy-edit. Once you have done these things, A.R.T./New York staff will be happy to read your draft for clarity and content. 

When sending a draft, please keep in mind:

  • A.R.T./New York staff will only look at one draft and provide comments. We cannot review multiple drafts for you before the deadline.
  • Submitted narratives must be a complete draft. 
  • Our staff will look at the draft of your narrative and provide comments and guidance; we will not copy edit or rewrite your narrative for you.
  • The individuals providing comments are not voting members of the grant panel.

If seeking a review of your narrative statement for FY20 Cycle 2, please send a draft as an attachment to [email protected] by 10:00am on November 11, 2019, and a member of the A.R.T./New York Programs Team will review it and provide comments. For a review of your narrative statement for FY21 Cycle 1, please send a draft by 10:00am on May 11, 2020.

The Creative Space Grant is made possible by generous leadership support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 


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