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CA$H (Creative Assistance for the Small (organization) and Hungry (artist)) is a grants program for the Bay Area’s professionally-oriented theatre and dance artists and small organizations with budgets of under $100,000.


The next deadline will be announced in late summer 2016

Below are the recent guidelines and materials, for reference.


All applicants applying to CA$H with a Dance project must submit their materials via email to Dancers’ Group (NOT Theatre Bay Area) using the Dance application. 

Review the guidelines and complete the appropriate application packet based on your selection of a grant for a dance artist or organization. Download:

Dance Artist Application
Dance Organization Application

*We recommend using the free Adobe Reader application to complete your PDF application form.

Applicants applying for support for a theatre project must submit their application to Theatre Bay Area and can download theatre-specific application materials at

Be sure to review the application materials and guidelines carefully as changes have been made.

Questions? Email or call 415-920-9181


  • ARTISTS may apply for $2,000 in support of an artistic project.
  • ORGANIZATIONS with annual budgets under $100,000 may apply for $4,000 in support of an artistic project OR for an organizational development 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 takes creative risks with the potential for excellence
  • will result in some kind of tangible creative activity


The dance round of CA$H is open to Bay Area ARTISTS and small ORGANIZATIONS that create and perform dance works. The Bay Area includes San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties.

* ARTISTS must 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 work that was presented publicly in the last two years (since April 2014). 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 must document at least one professionally oriented work that was presented publicly in the last two years that involved all members of the team.

* 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 (since April 2014). If an organization does not fulfill these requirements, they may consider submitting an “ARTIST” application as a collaborative team (see eligibility above).

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.

Previous CA$H 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 before reapplying.

Requests for funding to retire debts from current or past performances are discouraged. Members of the CA$H panel may not apply to any round in which they are serving on the panel.

How Decisions are Made

CA$H is designed to be an entirely artist-driven program and, in line with that, the program’s administrators assemble a group of five artists/administrators to review each round of applications and make all granting decisions. It is our commitment to gather a group that is diverse in all aspects (ethnicity, geography, discipline, experience, etc.). Every panelist must go through training on the panel process; all are empowered to interpret the priority criteria through the filter of their own personal experiences and artistic views, while staying true to guiding principles on which CA$H was founded.


Awards will be announced within 7 weeks of the application deadline. All applicants will be notified via email. While there is no specific grant period in which the funds must be used, projects must not culminate before June 1, 2016. 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.

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