NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund

Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York

New York, NY 10018


Feb 22, 2021


Jan 12, 2021

NYSCA and A.R.T./New York are pleased to announce the 2021 NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program). The grant program will provide general operating grants of $2000 to theatres throughout the state with annual budgets of under $500,000. Applicants do NOT need to be members of A.R.T./New York in order to apply.

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and ensuing field-wide closures, there have been a number of changes to the Creative Opportunity Fund for 2021:
* All applicants will be applying for a general operating support grant of $2000.
* All applicants will submit an organizational budget. Projections for the next fiscal year are not required.
* Instead of a multi-page narrative, the application includes five short answer questions.
* Fewer supplemental materials are required.
* This year applicants can receive support in completing their application through Office Hours instead of Narrative and Budget Review (see below for more information).

The application is now open, and applications will be accepted through Monday, February 22, 2021, at 5 pm.

Please visit our website for more information on the 2021 Creative Opportunity Fund and how to apply. Sign up for information sessions on January 14, January 27, February 2, 2021.

The NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program) is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


To be eligible for the 2021 Creative Opportunity Fund, applicants must:

  • Be based in New York State (applicant must have a New York State address);;
  • Have annual expenses totaling $500,000 or less for its most recently completed fiscal year

  • Be a professional theatre company, which NYSCA and A.R.T./New York for the purposes of this regrant define in the following ways:

  • Must have self-produced for a minimum of two seasons. A season is defined as producing at least one production running a minimum of three (3) performances over the course of a year OR a series of readings or development activities open to the public;

  • Have performances open to the general public;

  • Must pay artists; and

  • Must not charge fees to artists (including but not limited to playwrights, actors, designers, and directors) to participate in theatrical productions of the organization. Organizations may charge fees only for legitimate classes and training programs and only if they are clearly distinct from theatre productions.

  • Not have applied directly to NYSCA’s theatre programming for 2021 funding, regardless of whether or not the application was funded.






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