2022 Strengthening NYC Theatres Grants 
(Formerly the Nancy Quinn Fund)
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Building on the 20+ year history of the Nancy Quinn Fund and its general operating grants for the smallest New York City-based theatres, A.R.T./New York is excited to announce the Strengthening NYC Theatres Grant program. Aimed at providing New York City theatres with an opportunity for flexible, general operating support to strengthen and sustain their companies, this grant program provides an accessible and streamlined application process scored and distributed by a peer panel of theatre-makers.

This grant program provides theatres throughout the five boroughs of New York City with annual budgets under $250,000 with one year flexible, general operating support grants of $1000-$2000. Since inception, A.R.T./New York has awarded over $1 million dollars to the constantly evolving, most culturally diverse and artistically influential sector of our community.

All applicants will be notified of their application status by February 1, 2022. Funds will be distributed in March of 2022. The grant period is February 1 - December 31, 2022. Applicants will be required to submit a brief final report on the funds through the online grant portal by January 31, 2022.

Applicants to the Strengthening NYC Theatres 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.

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.


Please note: Applications are now closed for the year. The information below is for archival and informational purposes only. The application for the next cycle of this program will be announced and open in Fall 2022.


Panelist Nominations

  • Panelist Nominations Close: November 29, 2021


  • Application Opens: October 25, 2021
  • Office Hours: November 1, 2021 - December 10, 2021
  • Application Closes: December 14, 2021 at 5:00pm


  • Sent via email by: February 2, 2022

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 grants@art-newyork email at least 5 business days prior to request.

Info Session Dates

(Via Zoom)

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


520 8th Ave, Rm 319

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



138 South Oxford St

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


520 8th Ave, Rm 319

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


(Via Zoom)

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


Co-hosted by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council


2700 East Tremont Avenue

Wednesday, November 17
Times TBA


Co-hosted by the 
Bronx Council on the Arts

(Via Zoom)

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


Co-hosted by the 
Indie Theater Fund

(Via Zoom)

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


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.



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: Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre's When the Waves Have Come and Gone. Photo by Marif Deruffi.