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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.

Upcoming Deadline for Dance: Monday, April 27

Download the full guidelines and application here.


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.

Application Packet
Attention! Send six (6) complete sets of the application, collated in the order listed below, stapled and three-hole punched. Double-sided is encouraged (be green!). Do not submit your application in any other folders or binders.

Note: Incomplete, late, uncollated or unstapled applications will not be accepted. Applications must be postmarked by the deadline.

1. APPLICATION COVER SHEET: Choose from those enclosed in these guidelines.

2. PROJECT BUDGET: Complete template budget found on the back of cover sheet for your project, or submit one of your own.

3. LETTER: No more than two (2) pages (no smaller than 10 pt font, please). Please refer to the tips on the next page. Tell the panel what you want them to know about you and your theatre or dance work, the project for which you are requesting support, how it meets the priority guidelines, specifically how you will spend the money and what you expect to be the result of the grant. The panel wants to hear about the work. For example: why this piece? How will you execute it? What will it look like?

4. RESUME: Submit up to three (3) pages that list or describe your arts activities and accomplishments. List or describe the works created, performance dates and venues, education and training, grants, awards. These pages can include information on all lead artists, but should still not exceed more than three (3) total pages. The performance history on your bio should reflect your eligibility. If you are applying as an organization, please make sure you include a resume for your organization.

5. SUPPORT MATERIALS: Include a maximum of three (3) support pieces. See the tips on the next page. The purpose of these materials is to support your application by helping the panel understand more about where you are as an artist or organization, where you’re coming from and/or where you’re going. Examples of support materials include (but are not limited to) a letter of recommendation, photos, a feature, reviews, script sample and/or audio/video sample. Because printed support materials will not be returned, submit photocopies instead of originals. Copy double-sided. NOTE: Each different type of support piece counts as one support piece. For example, one (1) photo counts as one (1) support piece. Two (2) photos count as two (2) support pieces. If you are considering using multiple photos, a one-page collage counts as one (1) support piece. If your work involves text, you are encouraged to submit a script sample (five (5) pages max). Please note: if sending audio/video support, we only need one (1) copy.

As one of your three support pieces, you may submit one of the following:

  • a single copy (1) of a videocassette (VHS) or audiocassette cued to a 2-minute excerpt
  • OR a link to a video on YouTube or like site
  • OR a single (1) DVD or CD (with instructions as to what track to play or time stamp to start playing). DVD is the preferred form of video support but is susceptible to the whims of technology. Test your DVD before sending, preferably in a variety of machines. All audio or video support should include a card with information to be read to the panel: title, date, performance venue, directions for viewing and a 1-2 sentence context for the excerpt. Support materials will not be returned except for video, audiotapes or compact discs and then, only if they are accompanied by a postage-paid return mailer. Unclaimed audio/video support is destroyed 30 days after granting announcements are made.

OPTIONAL: ACKNOWLEDGMENT POSTCARD AND VIDEO/AUDIO RETURN MAILER: To receive confirmation that your application arrived, enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard. To have your audio/video support returned, enclose a self-addressed, stamped return mailer with adequate postage.

Download the full guidelines and application here.

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