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CA$H is a grants program designed by artists for artists to support professionally oriented theatre and dance artists and small companies with budgets under $100,000, is a program of Theatre Bay Area in partnership with Dancers’ Group. Its purpose is to spark a creative surge throughout Northern California’s theatre and dance community by providing grants to artists ($2,000) and small-sized organizations ($4,000). Funding decisions are made by a rotating five-member panel.

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Below are the guidelines and application from the Spring 2015 round:

The program is open to Bay Area theatre and dance ARTISTS, and small ORGANIZATIONS that create and perform theatre or dance works. The Bay Area includes all of Theatre Bay Area’s Northern California service area, which stretches north to Fort Bragg, east to the Sierra Foothills and south to Salinas.

* ARTISTS must be at least 18 years old, working in the art form of the proposed project, and able to document at least one professionally oriented production that was presented publicly in the last two years. Artists may apply either as individuals or as a collaborative team. (No other member of your collaborative team can apply in the same round.)

* 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 were presented publicly in the last two years.

Sorry, no applications from students or CA$H personnel, or from organizations that are primarily presenters, performance venues, nonprofessional (pastime/hobby) companies or arts education programs. Applicants can only submit one proposal per 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 organizational development projects.

  • ARTISTS may apply for $2,000 in support of an artistic project.
  • ORGANIZATIONS may apply for $4,000 in support of an artistic project or for an organizationaldevelopment project that will improve their ability to create/present art. Requests for organizational development should specify the purpose (e.g., website, computer purchase, marketing initiative, etc.) and describe how it will improve the organization’s ability to create or present art.

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

How Decisions are Made
CA$H is designed to be an entirely artist-driven program and, in line with that, the program’s administrators assemble a randomly selected group of five artists 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.

Awards will be announced within seven weeks of the application deadline. All applicants will be notified by 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 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.

Download the full guidelines and application from the Spring 2015 round here.

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