A.R.T./New York provides a variety of financial resources to help theatres realize their creative potential.

Individuals attended our workshops in the 2017 fiscal year.

1.5 million
Dollars in loans distributed in the 2017 fiscal year.


Fully subsidized rehearsal space hours granted in the 2017 fiscal year.


Dollars in grants awarded in the 2017 fiscal year.


Artists used our rehearsal studios in fiscal year 2017.


Students attended the 2017 Internship Fair.

The Nancy Quinn Fund



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  • Applicant must be a Full, Associate, or Independent Producer Application member of A.R.T./New York in good standing.
  • 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 keep in mind that Organizational Planning and Process is required in advanced of the application deadline) and should reach out to Kati Frazier, Communications and Membership Manager, at [email protected] explaining their intention to apply, in order to ensure their membership is approved in time.
  • Applicant must have had annual expenses totaling under $100,000 for its most recently completed fiscal year.
  • Applicant must primarily produce in one of the five boroughs in New York City.
  • Applicant must have participated in Organizational Planning and Process Part 1 and Part 2. The one-on-one individual session is not required. If the theatre has completed these workshops in past years, they do not need to repeat them
  • Applicant must not have an outstanding final report from previous years’ grant cycles.

A company does not have to be incorporated or have 501(c)(3) status to apply for the grant.



A.R.T./New York staff will also review any application narrative that an applicant sends in advance on or before Wednesday, February 14, 2018. This feedback will focus on clarity of the narrative, and provide guidance to the applicant before the final application is submitted. The hope is to give applicants who choose to avail themselves of this service the best possible opportunity to create a competitive application

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.
  • A.R.T./New York staff will only review your narrative statement, no other application documents may be sent for review prior to submitting your application.
  • To ensure feedback in a timely manner,  you must submit your draft by Wedenesday, February 14th, 2018.
  • 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 please send a draft as PDF attachment with your company's name in the filename to Corinne Woods, Programs Coordinator, at [email protected] and a member of the A.R.T./New York Programs Team will review it and provide comments.




The panel will evaluate each application based on the following criteria:

  1. Organizational Identity - Does the company define its mission and programming? Is the programming in sync with the mission? Does the company distinguish itself from other applicants?
  2. Use of Funds - Does the applicant clearly state both the amount and intended use of the funding request? Have they targeted a goal, opportunity, or challenge they will apply these funds to? Is the use of funds precise and realistic?
  3. Overall Application - Is the application presented in a professional, clear manner? Are there concerns regarding the budget or budget notes? Did the applicant answer the questions that were asked?


Applicants will be asked to provide digital versions of the following documents during the application process.

  • Narrative Statement a three page narrative statement. Download the guidelines.
  • Budget Worksheet for your company. This budget should include fourcolumns: your most recently completed fiscal year actuals; your current year-to-date actuals; current year-end projections; and next year projections.
      • Use the Budget Form template provided (download here) and save to PDF format, ensuring it fits on one page.
      • Please round your numbers to the nearest dollar.
      • If your theatre program is only a portion of your programming, please include a separate budget for the theatre program (either as a second page of the PDF or in optional uploads).
      • Please DO NOT INCLUDE funds from the Nancy Quinn Fund grant in this budget.
  • Budget notes. (one page maximum) for line items that require additional clarification or explanation. The panel appreciates those applicants who submit thorough, easy to read budget notes. There is no form for this attachment. Please note: 
      • Any line item that changes by more than 10% (up or down) between fiscal years.
      • Details for both earned and contributed income, including projected ticket sales, individual and board contributions, and indicate secured and pending institutional funding.
      • The cause of a deficit, and especially take the time to explain plans to address year-over-year deficits.
  • Your production history for your most recently completed and current seasons. Include staged readings, full productions, school programs, and any other artistic output of the organization. For each piece, list the title, venue capacity, and performance dates. Use the prepared Production History template.
  • You may include up to TWO additional PDF attachments of TWO pages each that will enhance the panel's understanding of your organization and help them evaluate your application. 

For more information about this program, please contact Corinne Woods, Programs Coordinator, at [email protected] or (212) 244-6667 ext. 241.




The Nancy Quinn Fund is made possible in part by generous funding from the Mental Insight Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.




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