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Nancy Quinn Fund Application

A.R.T./New York

New York, NY 10018


Feb 18, 2020


Jan 16, 2020

The Nancy Quinn Fund was created in honor of Nancy Quinn, one time A.R.T./New York board member and former Artistic Director of Young Playwrights, Inc. Ms. Quinn strongly believed in the importance of giving young talent an opportunity to “have their say.” She showed tremendous respect for the voices of the next generation of artists and was committed to fostering the work of new, emerging, and small theatre companies. After she passed away in 1993, A.R.T./New York launched the Nancy Quinn Fund to assist its largest and most rapidly growing sector of member theatres – those with annual cash budgets under $100,000 – by providing management seminars, annual grants, and other services designed to help companies facing the challenges of producing in New York City.

Often on the cutting edge of the theatrical experience, these small theatres frequently produce world premieres that launch new careers, technology, techniques, and plays into the American Theatre lexicon. Despite the number of companies this size, however, very few funding resources are available to them. The Nancy Quinn Fund is designed specifically to help fill that need by providing general operating grants to those companies with budgets under $100,000.

Grants range in size from $750 to $2,500 with no grant exceeding 10% of the theatre’s expenses for its most recently completed fiscal year. If your organization’s budget is less than $7,500, apply for the $750 minimum grant. If your most recently completed fiscal year was unusually small, you may take the average expenses of your last two completed fiscal years.

Grantees can find information on crediting policies and language here.

For more information about this program, please email


Application opens: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Narrative review deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020 at 10:00am
Application closes: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 5:00pm


Applicant must be a Full or Independent Producer member of A.R.T./New York in good standing. Incubator members are not eligible for this grant program.
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. Applicants only need to complete OP&P once after becoming an A.R.T./New York member.

Applicant must not have an outstanding final report from previous years’ grant cycles.

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). Contact David Shane, Membership Manager at to explain your intention to apply in order to ensure your membership is approved in time.

A company does not have to be incorporated or have 501©(3) status to apply.
2019 Guidelines, Templates, and Evaluation Criteria »

Please review this information in full before applying.

Grant Assistance

Information Sessions
These sessions, held in our Manhattan office and online, will be hosted by A.R.T./New York programs staff who will walk applicants through the application and guidelines. Applicants are welcome to bring questions, and are strongly encouraged to read the application and guidelines before coming to the session.

Grant Info Sessions:

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
A.R.T./New York Conference Room // 520 8th Ave, Suite 319
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Thursday, January 30, 2020, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Studio G // 138 South Oxford Street
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