New York City Small Theatres Fund


In partnership with the Howard Gilman Foundation, the New York City Small Theatres Fund is a two year general operating support grant to New York City-based theatre companies with annual budgets below $250,000. The fund will provide multi-year grant awards between $5,000-$10,000 each year; with a granting period between July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2025. Grantees will be required to report on the grant in the summer of each year during a meeting with a member of the A.R.T./New York team. Applications will open annually in the Fall. 

The grant aims to support a wide range of theatrical aesthetics, methods of production, and artistic communities throughout the five boroughs who are engaging their artists and audiences in meaningful, exciting, and committed creation and production. We aim to fund a group of applicants who reflect the diversity of New York City theatre-making, and increase opportunities for theatres and artists who have been historically under-resourced due to barriers associated with racial, economic, disability, gender, and/or sexual identity and/or geographic location.

Applicants to the NYC Small Theatres Fund are NOT required to be members of A.R.T./New York. Non-member applicants who receive funding through this program will receive a free year of membership as part of their grant award. 

The application process for the NYC Small Theatres Fund will occur in two parts, an open initial application submitted through the Fall 2022 common application, then a second invited application in early 2023 for around 40 applicants.

Organizations who received funding for this program in the FY23/FY24 two year cycle are not eligible to apply for the FY24/FY25 program.  

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. Head to our membership page here.



Application Process

The application process for the NYC Small Theatres Fund will occur in two parts:

Application Round 1 - Open Application

The first stage of the application process is completing the Fall 2022 A.R.T./New York common application. Completion of this application will also submit the applicant for the Creative Opportunity Fund, if eligible. The deadline to submit an application for the NYC Small Theatres Fund is Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 5pm.

The applications from round one will be paneled by a group of NYC-based theatre-makers and administrators in November and December 2022. All applicants will be notified about the status of their application by January 4, 2023.

Application Round 2 - Invited Application

Based on the scores and discussions of the panel from round one, a group of 40 applicants will be invited to submit a final application in January and February 2023. The round two application process will include a brief interview with the applicant. All applicants will be notified of the funding decisions by April 3, 2023. Applicants who submit an application in the final round but are not selected for funding will receive a stipend of $500.

Application Support and Technical Assistance

For more information about the application, please review our Fall 2022 Grants Guide available here.

Info Sessions


A.R.T./New York will hold live and virtual info sessions in the five boroughs that will cover the Creative Opportunity Fund and NYC Small Theatres Fund programs. The info sessions are led by A.R.T./New York staff and will cover the evaluation criteria, eligibility, and application process. Attendees will also be able to ask any questions they have about the application and are encouraged to review the grant website and application prior to attending the info session.

A recorded info session is available to view on the A.R.T./New York Youtube Channel. 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, Erica Wray Barnes and Adam Mummery, at the [email protected] at least 5 business days prior to request.

Info Session Dates

138 South Oxford S

Wednesday, August 31
4:00pm - 6:00pm



 Manhattan @ LMCC
520 8th Ave, Rm 319

Wednesday, September 7
6:00pm - 8:00pm



Co-hosted by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council


(Via Zoom)

Tuesday, September 13
4:00pm - 6:00pm



520 8th Ave, Rm 313

Monday, October 3
3:00pm - 5:00pm



Recorded Info Session

Available 24/7
Captioning Available

View the Recorded Info Session on YouTube

Office Hours with Grants Team

A.R.T./New York staff offers technical assistance in the form of virtual "office hours" with Co-Director Risa Shoup, Grants Manager Erica Wray Barnes, or Grants Coordinator Adam Mummery. All applicants will be able to schedule a 25 minute session to go over narrative questions, look over potential work samples, talk through your budget and/or budget notes, and answer any other questions you might have. All appointments will be held virtually through Google Meet or Zoom between August 29, 2022 - October 14, 2022.

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 our staff will be able to provide.

To book an Office Hours appointment, please click here. All appointments will be held virtually through Google Meet or Zoom between August 29th, 2022 - October 14th, 2022.


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 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 at [email protected]

Header: FY22 New York City Small Theatres Fund Recipient Nightdrive’s production of Alien Nation. PC by Mike Bryk