Fall 2020 A.R.T./New York Relief Fund for NYC Small Theatres

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A Black woman with short blonde hair holding a piece of parchment paper and looking upward. Three people are onstage behind her in the background
Bathsheba’s Psalms, Or A Woman of Unusual Beauty Taking a Bath, produced by The Tank, a recipient of the 2019 NYTP Grant

Please note: A.R.T./New York has not yet opened applications for the Spring 2021 Leon Levy Foundation Covid Relief Fund. The information below is specific to the Fall 2020 eligibility and application and is subject to change when the Leon Levy Foundation Covid Relief Fund opens later in 2021. Please check back frequently and sign up here to receive information as soon as the application opens.


In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its impact on New York City-based small theatres, the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York created the A.R.T./New York Relief Fund for NYC Small Theatres. Seeded by a generous gift from The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), the fund is intended to create an accessible relief fund for small theatres with annual budgets under $250k who are based in or primarily produce in New York City. Grant applications were reviewed and scored on a rolling basis by a diverse panel of theatre makers and administrators from a range of roles in the field, and nominations for grant panelists will be solicited from the public.

Grant funds received through this program may be used for any purposes the grantee needs. Funds may not be regranted. Grants will be made in amounts between $2,500 - $5,000. 

Applicants do not need to be members of A.R.T./New York to apply for the relief fund, and membership in A.R.T./New York will not be considered by or known to panelists scoring the applications.

For more information about applying to this program, please email [email protected].

Your contribution to this Emergency Relief Fund will directly support theatres impacted by COVID-19.To support the Fund, click here to make an online contribution or reach out to Melissa Sandor at [email protected] with any questions.


You do not need to be a member of A.R.T./New York to apply for this grant program. To be eligible for this grant, you must:
  1. Be a theatre company, organization, or artist collective
    1. Applicant may be a 501c3, fiscally sponsored, or unincorporated entity that is “non-profit in spirit”.
    2. A.R.T./New York has an expansive definition of “theatre” as a discipline of live performance. If you call your art theatre, then you are eligible to apply for this grant! However, keep in mind as you write your application that a panel of theatre-makers will be evaluating your application for this theatre-based grant.
    3. This grant program does not fund individual artists, but artist-led theatre companies are eligible. If you are an individual artist looking for relief funding, please visit our resource page for links to other opportunities.
  2. Have annual operating expenses for either of the last two fiscal years of under $250,000. 
  3.  Be based in, or primarily produce in, the five boroughs of New York City. 
    1. Companies that create work in NYC and then tour nationally and internationally are eligible for this grant program.
  4. Be financially impacted by the coronavirus shutdown.

Application Information

The application consists of three parts:

  1. Theatre Information:
    1. Applicant Name
    2. Primary Contact information (Name, Title, Email, Phone Number)
    3. Secondary Contact information (Name, Title, Email, Phone Number)
    4. Theatre Mission Statement (100 words or less)
    5. Grant Amount Requested (between $2500 - $5000)
  2. Financial Information
    1. End date of your most recently completed fiscal year
    2. Operating expenses for your most recently completed fiscal year
    3. Operating expenses for your second most recently completed fiscal year
    4. Financial Impact of COVID-19
      1. Please provide the amount of lost income your organization has experienced as a result of COVID-19 (an estimate is fine if you do not have actuals).
      2. Please provide the amount of unanticipated expenses your organization has incurred as a result of COVID-19 (an estimate is fine if you do not have actuals).
  3. Short Answer
    1. Describe your company's mission, vision, and your organizational goals. What is your contribution to New York City and/or the theatrical field? 
    2. Who does your organization serve? If you serve a specific and explicitly defined ethnic, cultural, or geographic community, please include that here.
    3. Describe the impact that COVID-19 has had on your organization. How have you had to and/or how will you have to change the way you operate in response to the pandemic?
      1. Please share not only the quantitative impact of the pandemic, but also the qualitative. How has the pandemic impacted your ability to fulfill your mission, vision, and goals?
    4. How will this grant help your organization to address this impact?
      1. This is not a direct commitment of how you would utilize this funding if it is awarded, rather this is your opportunity to think expansively about the challenges and opportunities your company is facing, and what an unrestricted grant would allow your company to do.


The A.R.T./New York Relief Fund for NYC Small Theatres is made possible with generous funding by the Leon Levy Foundation, the Seth Sprague Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), and A.R.T./New York.