Theatre – Geographically Targeted

Woman’s Exchange, Inc. of Sarasota

Support to organizations and individuals involved in theater and the performing arts located in the Sarasota and Manatee counties, Florida.

Woman’s Exchange Inc. of Sarasota
539 S. Orange Ave.
Sarasota, FL   34236-7501
Phone: (941) 955-7859
Fax: 941-955-0219

Kentucky Foundation for Women

Promotes positive social change by supporting varied feminist expression in the arts in Kentucky. Grant awards range from $1,000 to $7,500

Kentucky Foundation for Women
1215 Heyburn Bldg.
332 W. Broadway
Louisville,KY   40202
Phone: (502) 562-0045
Toll Free: (866) 654-7564
Fax: (502) 561-0420

Bush Foundation Artist Fellowships

Provides artists with significant financial support that enables them to further their work and their contribution to their communities. Fellows may decide to take time for solitary work or reflection, engage in collaborative community projects, embark on travel or research, or pursue any other activity that contributes to their lives as artists. Applicants must be residents of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or one of the 26 counties of northwestern Wisconsin.

Bush Foundation
332 Minnesota Street, East 900
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 227-0891
Fax: (651) 297-6485

New England Foundation for the Arts

The Fund for the Arts awards grants to Boston-based artists, pairing the artist with a nonprofit community organization to create public artworks of lasting impact in the Greater Boston area.

The Fund for the Arts
Phone: (617) 951-0010 x528

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.

Presenter Travel Fund
Phone: (617) 951-0010 x533

Art and Community Landscapes addresses local and regional environmental concerns by funding site-specific art projects and artist residencies. Artists receive grants to work in pre-selected regions across the United States.

American Masterpieces: Dance (AMD)

AMD Grant supports dance companies, presenters, and festivals for the reconstruction or restaging of significant American dance works and their performance at home and on tour.

AMD Touring Grant supports college and university dance programs in the restaging, performance, and documentation of significant dance choreography.

National Dance Project

NDP Production Grant: Highly competitive awards ranging from $25,000-$40,000 to artists and companies.

NDP Touring Award represents a reserve of $40,000 in funding (up to 50% of the artistic fee) available to multiple presenters to support the touring of each project. Given automatically to recipients of Production Grants.

NDP Presentation Grant supports up to 50% of artistic fee per engagement. Open to U.S. performing arts presenters with nonprofit status and nonprofit organizations.

National Dance Project
Phone: (617) 951-0010 x521

National Theater Pilot will select six theater project in each of two pilot years. Participation will include support for the development and touring of the work over an 18-36 month period. Awards range from $80,000-$130,000. Considers projects submitted by U.S.-based nonprofit organizations as well as individual artists who have identified collaborators.

National Theater Pilot
Quita Sullivan, Program Manager, Theater
Phone: (617) 951-0010 x531

Native Arts

National Native Artist Exchange supports the exchange of artistic skills and knowledge among Native artists.

Native Arts New England supports Native artists and organizations residing int eh six New England states, with a focus on arts projects that involve or benefit New England communities.

Native Arts
Phone: (617) 951-0010 x533 and x525

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

Starving Artist Award

Studio 42 and the Starving Artist Award Committee present cash grants for emerging artists living in and around New York City to create a new piece of work. Disciplines rotate.

The Starving Artist Award
Studio 42, Attn: Laura von Holt
208 Thompson Street #3
New York, New York 10012
Phone: (212) 330-7122
Email: (subject
line ‘SAA Inquiry’)

New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowships

Artists’ Fellowships are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. Disciplines alternate each year, on a three-year cycle.

New York Foundation for the Arts
20 Jay St., 7th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (212) 366-6900
Fax: (212) 366-1778

The Leeway Foundation

The Leeway Foundation’s grantmaking programs honor the transformative work of women and trans artists. The Art and Change Grants and the Leeway Transformation Awards fund women and trans people in the Delaware Valley region (Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties) who create art for social change.

The Leeway Foundation
The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut St., Suite 832
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 545-4078
Fax: (215) 545-4021
Email: , or use the contact form here

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Pew Fellowships in the Arts are substantial grants to artists in the Philadelphia area. These fellowships and other grants are administered through the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

Pew Center for Arts and Heritage
1608 Walnut Street, 18th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: (267) 350-4940
Fax: (267) 350-4997

Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour

This organization has had to discontinue their programs as they have lost their funding. Check the webpage below for updates.

Pennsylvania Performing Artists on Tour
230 South Broad St., Ste. 1003
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 496-9424
Fax: (215) 496-9585

The Creative Work Fund

The Creative Work Fund invites artists and nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates the role of artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to intellectual inquiry and to the strengthening of communities. Grants range from $10,000 to $40,000.

The Creative Work Fund
c/o The Walter and Elise Haas Fund
One Lombard Street, Suite 305
San Francisco, CA 94111-1130
Phone: (415) 402-2793
Email: or use the contact form here.

The Melton Arts Foundation

Support for individual artists to improve or enhance skills, or to fund public performances, exhibitions, recordings or publications. Awards also in recognition of exceptional literary, artistic, musical or similar past achievement. Washington, DC only.

The Melton Arts Foundation
2086 Hunters Crest Way
Vienna, VA   22181

Many state arts councils also provide fellowships to individual theatre artists. For an alphabetical listing of state and regional councils with links to web sites go to: