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

Leon Levy COVID Relief Fund

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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

The A.R.T./New York Relief Fund for NYC Small Theatres will reopen in the Spring of 2021 as the Leon Levy COVID Relief Fund. Read on for more information!


In Fall of 2020, 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. Originally seeded by a generous gift from The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), with subsequent support from the Seth Sprague Foundation and A.R.T./New York, the fund created an accessible relief fund for small theatres with annual budgets under $250k based or primarily producing 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 nominated by the public. These 55 companies were the first recipients of the fund.

In December of 2020, the Leon Levy Foundation made a generous gift to support A.R.T./New York’s relief fund efforts leading to the creation of the Leon Levy Foundation COVID Relief Fund. The Leon Levy COVID Relief Fund extended relief grants to seven additional theatres in Fall 2020, and supported increased grant amounts to twelve companies. In addition, the Leon Levy Foundation COVID Relief Fund will be the core of the next round of A.R.T./New York's relief funding in Spring 2021. We will update this page and our social media pages with details about timing, eligibility and how to apply, so please check back frequently. Additionally if you would like to receive email updates about this program, please sign up here to receive announcements directly in your inbox!

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.

Program Goals

  • To provide financial relief to nonprofit theatre organizations (including those that are fiscally sponsored or “non-profit in spirit”) with annual operating budgets under $250,000 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To fund a vibrant mix of theatres working with diverse aesthetics and serving a wide range of cultural communities across New York City.
  • To support companies who are impacting the field in New York City and who have had limited access to relief funding and financial support.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Demonstrated Need and Impact of Grant (40%)
  • Impact and Service to the Community (40%)
  • Organizational Identity (20%)

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.