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Theatre Bay Area - CA$H Grants

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Theatre Bay Area - CA$H Grants


ABOUT THIS GRANT CA$H | Theatre is a grant program for Northern California’s professionally oriented theatre artists and small organizations with budgets of under $100,000. AWARDS CA$H | Creates $ 2,500 CA$H | Performs: $ 5,000 (see guidelines below)

DEADLINES ALL PROPOSALS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE by 5pm, on the deadline (see http://www.theatrebayarea.org/?page=cashgrants for online submission form and deadline). For dance application and deadlines please visit http://dancersgroup.org/funding/cash/


• All applicants applying to CA$H | Dance with a dance project must submit their materials to Dancers’ Group (NOT Theatre Bay Area) using the dance application. There is no longer a common application form. Please review the dance application materials and guidelines at http://dancersgroup.org/funding/cash/ carefully as changes have been made. Applicants applying with a theatre project must submit their applications through the online process to Theatre Bay Area. • As of Fall 2017, CA$H | Theatre has changed the categories from which BOTH artists AND organizations can apply. The designations, as defined below, are now CA$H | CREATES and CA$H | PERFORMS. WELCOME TO CA$H | Theatre CA$H | Theatre is a grant program, designed by artists for artists, that encourages impactful, creative activity that is innovative and artistically risk-taking. If you have a project in the wings, these guidelines are your invitation to join the ongoing experiment.


The program is open to Bay Area theatre artists and small organizations that CREATE and PERFORM theatre. The Bay Area includes all of Theatre Bay Area’s Northern California service area, which includes San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties. This application is only for theatre projects. Prospective dance applicants please visit www.dancersgroup.org/cash for applications and deadlines. ORGANIZATIONS, incorporated or not, must have a yearly operational budget under $100,000, and be able to document at least two professionally oriented works that was presented publicly in the last two years (from the application deadline).

ARTISTS must have be at least 18 years old, working in the art form of the proposed project and be able to document at least one professionally oriented production that was presented publicly in the last two years (from the application deadline). Artists may apply either as individuals or submit a “collaborative team” application. A collaborative team consists of two or more artists who are applying to support work that all members of the team will create together. Collaborative teams should provide documentation of at least one professionally oriented production that was presented publicly in the last two years that involved all members of the team, thus meeting the artist eligibility. Sorry, no applications from students or CA$H | Theatre personnel, or from organizations that are primarily presenters, performance venues, nonprofessional (pastime/hobby) companies or arts education programs. Applicants may submit only one proposal in each granting round. Also, members of the panel pool may not apply to any round in which they are serving on the panel. Previous grantees may reapply, but must first sit out one round of their discipline as well as submit a self-evaluation on the project for which they were funded. Requests for funding to retire debts from current or past performances are discouraged.


Grants will support artistic and capacity building projects. CA$H | CREATES is intended for the development of an artistic project or a capacity building project, not directly tied to a fully produced performance of a piece. Artistic projects can include scripts, workshops, readings, etc. Requests can also be for a capacity project that will improve the applicant’s ability to create or present art. Requests for capacity projects should specify the purpose (e.g., professional development, website, computer purchase, marketing initiative, etc.) and describe how it will improve the applicant’s ability to create or present art that meets the priority criteria below. These grants are for $2,500.
Please note: receipt of a CA$H | CREATES award does not imply a priority consideration for future CA$H | PERFORMS applications of the same project. CA$H | PERFORMS is intended for a fully produced performance of an artistic project that is open to the public; or projects that support the creation of multiple works by multiple artists. These grants are for $5,000. Artists and organizations can apply for either one of these options. Priority will go to work that: • has an impact on the artist, the organization, the community or the field • is innovative and take creative risks with the potential of excellence • will result in some kind of tangible creative activity


CA$H | Theatre is designed to be an entirely artist-driven program and, in line with that, the program’s administrators assemble a group of five artists and/or administrators (all potential applicants themselves) to review each round of applications and make all granting decisions. It is our commitment to gather a group that is diverse in all aspects (ethnicity, geography, discipline, experience, etc.). Every panelist must go through training on the panel process; all are empowered to interpret the priority criteria through the filter of their own personal experiences and artistic views, while always staying true to guiding principles on which the program was founded. TIMELINE Awards will be announced within seven weeks of the application deadline. All applicants will be notified by e-mail. While there is no specific grant period in which the funds must be used, grantees will begin receiving requests for a final report approximately six months after receiving a grant.


Grantees must provide a simple self-evaluation of the funded project, including lessons learned, how the money was spent, the number of artists involved in carrying it out and the number of people who attended a performance, if applicable.


(For more information, visit the application link.)