Theatre – Grants for Companies

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP)

According to their website, the APAP “undertakes granting programs on behalf of a number of national foundations in order to provide financial support that recognizes outstanding and innovative practice, then shares what is learned through the granting process with the membership at large.”
One of their currently active grant programs is The Cultural Exchange Fund. This is a travel subsidy program supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to assist U.S. based presenting professionals and their organizations and companies in building partnerships and collaborations with international touring artists, companies and their collaborators and to experience the work of artists from around the world in its cultural context.
Check their website for up-to-date grant opportunities, as these change periodically and new ones are added. Grant applicants must be members of APAP.

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters
1211 Connecticut Ave., NW, Ste. 200
Washington DC, 20036
Toll Free: (888) 820-ARTS (2787)
Phone: (202) 833-2787
Fax: (202) 833-1543

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)

Expeditions funds the development and presentation of cross-disciplinary touring projects for New England communities. Grants are made to New England-based nonprofit organizations to support planning or touring of projects with performing, literary, and/or visual arts components.

New England States Touring (NEST) provides support to New England-based nonprofit organizations for performances, readings, and related community activities by artists on the New England States Touring roster.

Presenter Travel Fund provides monetary assistance to arts programmers or curatorial staff in New England so that they may investigate new or unfamiliar work outside of their home community. Applicants may apply for funding to help cover the expense of attending festivals, showcases, conferences, or other cultural events.

NEFA funds other grants programs; see their website below for more details of available opportunities.

New England Foundation for the Arts
145 Tremont Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Phone/TTY: (617) 951-0010
Fax: (617) 951-0016

National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Arts Projects

The GAP program supports exemplary projects in dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts (film/radio/television), museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting, theater, visual arts, and multidisciplinary art forms.

NEA – Grants for Arts Projects
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20506
Phone: (202) 682-5400

Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund

Fosters work in the performing arts that explores the dynamics of contemporary culture and supports a diversity of artists and arts organizations. Activities that have been supported through the program include commissioning of artists, research and development, artist residencies, and the costs associated with the production of new work.

Multi-Arts Production Fund
Creative Capital
73 Spring Street, Suite 401
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 226-1677

The Joyce Foundation

The Culture Program supports the efforts of cultural institutions, primarily in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, to serve and represent the city’s diverse populations. The Program is interested in projects that bring diverse audiences together to share common cultural experiences and encourage more people to see the arts as integral to their lives.

The Joyce Foundation
321 North Clark Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Phone: (312) 782-2464
Fax: (312) 595-1350
Email: or use their online contact form here.

The Trust for Mutual Understanding

The Trust for Mutual Understanding awards grants to American nonprofit organizations to support the international travel component of cultural and environmental exchanges conducted in partnership with institutions and individuals in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe. Priority consideration is given to projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration; that show evidence of professional accomplishment and innovation; and/or that respond to social contexts and engage local communities.
The trust’s cultural program encompasses the visual and performing arts, traditional as well as contemporary.

Trust for Mutual Understanding
6 West 48th St., 12th Floor
New York, NY 10036-1802
Phone: (212) 843-0404
Fax: (212) 843-0344

Fleishhacker Foundation

Small Arts Grants: these are between $1,000 and $10,000; grants are made to support a range of artistic efforts within the following disciplines: dance, film/video and media arts, interdisciplinary arts, music, theater; and visual arts. Grants may be for: artists’ fees for creative time, production costs for performances or films, exhibition/installation costs for visual, media, or interdisciplinary arts, and projects which aid the organization’s overall artistic development.
Special Arts Grants: these are generally around $10,000 and do not exceed $25,000; grants are for larger mid-sized arts organizations to support special artistic projects or initiatives, artistic collaborations or commissions involving local artists, and upgrading facilities to benefit artists and audiences. San Francisco Bay Area only.

Fleishhacker Foundation
P.O. Box 29918
San Francisco, CA   94129-0918
Phone: (415) 561-5350

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Grants for the performing arts in the Washington, DC area only.

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
1825 K St., N.W., 14th Fl.
Washington, DC   20006
Phone: (202) 223-3100
Fax: (202) 296-7567