New York City Small Theatres Fund
(A new two-year funding opportunity!)
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Overview

Through the generous support of the Howard Gilman Foundation, A.R.T./New York is thrilled to announce a new multi-year funding opportunity for small New York City-based theatres. The New York Small Theatres Fund will provide two-year general operating support grants to New York City-based theatre companies with annual budgets below $250,000. Grant awards will be between $5,000-$10,000 each year, and applications will open annually in the fall. We anticipate awarding around 10 applications each cycle.

By offering a two year committed grant, this program will provide meaningful financial support for small theatres who typically do not have many options for accessing general operating support. The grant will support a wide range of theatrical aesthetics, methods of production, and artistic communities throughout the five boroughs who are engaging their artists and audiences in meaningful, exciting, and committed creation and production. We aim to fund a group of applicants who reflect the diversity of New York City theatre-making, and increase opportunities for theatres and artists who have been historically under-resourced due to barriers associated with racial, economic, disability, gender, and/or sexual identity and/or geographic location.

The Small Theatres Fund is a two year grant, and the grant period will be July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024. Grantees will be required to report on the grant in the summer of each year during a meeting with a member of the A.R.T./New York grants team.

Applicants to the Small Theatres 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.

The application process for the Small Theatres Fund will occur in two parts, an open initial application submitted through the Fall 2021 common application, and a second invited application in Spring 2022 for around 40 applicants. Information about A.R.T./New York's Fall 2021 Grant Application, eligibility requirements for each grant, timelines, and more information can be found in the Application Guide. The Application Guide, Tips & Tricks/FAQs, and the link to the application will be available below on Monday, October 25 at 10am.


Application Process

The application process for the Small Theatres Fund will occur in two parts:

Application Round 1 - Open Application

The first stage of the application process is completing the Fall 2021 A.R.T./New York common application. Completion of this application will also submit the applicant for the Strengthening NYC Theatres Grant and the Creative Opportunity Fund, if eligible. All eligible theatre companies are encouraged and welcome to apply for the Small Theatres Fund. The deadline to submit an application for this years Small Theatre's Fund cycle is Tuesday, December 14 at 5pm.

The applications from the Open Application period will be paneled by a group of NYC-based theatre-makers and administrators in December 2021 and January 2022. All applicants will be notified about the status of their application by January 31, 2022. 

Application Round 2 - Invited Application

Based on the scores and discussions of the panel, a group of 40 applicants will be invited to submit a final application for the grant program in February and March 2022. The application will include a brief interview with the applicant. All applicants will be notified of the funding decisions by April 6, 2022. Applicants who were invited and submitted an application in the final round but were not selected for funding will receive a stipend of $500.


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 Fall Grants, and info sessions in the five boroughs and virtually will cover all three Fall 2021 A.R.T./New York grants. 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.

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.

Info Session Dates
Info Session Dates

Virtual
(Via Zoom)

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

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 Manhattan
520 8th Ave, Rm 319

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

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 Brooklyn

138 South Oxford St

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

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 Manhattan
520 8th Ave, Rm 319

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

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Virtual
(Via Zoom)

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

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Co-hosted by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Bronx

2700 East Tremont Avenue

Wednesday, November 17
Times TBA

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Co-hosted by the 
Bronx Council on the Arts

 Virtual
(Via Zoom)

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

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Co-hosted by the 
Indie Theater Fund

 Virtual
(Via Zoom)

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

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Recorded Info Session

Available 24/7
Captioning Available

View the Recorded Info Session on YouTube

 

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. All appointments will be held virtually through Google Meet or Zoom between November 1, 2021 - December 10, 2021.

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.


Accessibility

A.R.T./New York is committed to making our grantmaking and funding programs accessibly 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:  Titan Theatre Company's Much Ado About Nothing. Photo by Lloyd Mulvey.