CA$H | Emergency Grant for Small Theatres is a grant program for the Bay Area’s small organizations with budgets of under $250,000 to address either AB5 compliance or the economic impact of COVID-19. Organizations may only submit one
proposal for each granting round, and must choose to apply for either AB5 or COVID-19 relief.
The fund provides grants of $5,000 per organization for one of two purposes: 1.) to engage an attorney to help the awarded organization in crafting their own unique plan for complying with AB5; 2.) general operating funds to assist the awarded organization
in dealing with projected or realized financial losses due to COVID-19.
Please read the guidelines below very carefully. While this emergency grant is based on the CA$H | Theatre program, it varies in a few key ways.
AB5 Applications: $ 5,000
COVID-19 Applications: $5,000
(see guidelines below)
TIMELINE FOR FIRST ROUND OF GRANTING
4/20 - Application Opens
5/15 at 5pm - Application Deadline
5/26 - Panel for Applications
5/29 - Notification Date
Click here for grant guidelines
Click here for a template organizational budget
Applications for the May 2020 round of CA$H | Emergency Grant for Small Theatres are now closed.
CA$H | Emergency Grant for Small Theatres is a program of Theatre Bay Area and is funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Questions? Contact Programs Manager Kim Cohan at email@example.com.
May 2020 Recipients
We are deeply proud of the following recipients of CA$H | Emergency Grant for Small Theatres!
CA$H | Emergency Grant for Small Theatres- AB5 Compliance
AlterTheater is a bottom-up, ensemble company, where choices about the material that will be
produced and the artists to support are made by the company’s ensemble of artists.
AlterTheater is committed to lifting up underrepresented voices: in the past 10 years, almost
2/3 of mainstage productions were written by women; more than 75% by writers of color, and
all included diverse casts. AlterTheater will hire an employment attorney to bring their labor
practices fully into compliance with current labor law.
CA$H | Emergency Grant for Small Theatres- COVID-19 Aid
ART OF THE MATTER/STUDIO 210
Studio 210 is a low-cost performance, as well as rehearsal space, which has featured groups like
Detour Dance, Scott Wells, David Herrera & Company, Rogelio Lopez, Deborah Slater Dance
Theater, playwrights Julie Hébert, Brian Thorstenson, the Nature Company of Oklahoma and
Giulio Cesare Perrone’s opera company Inferno Theater. 210 is a space in which people come in
and make work. Studio 210 will use the grant for general operating support, including the rent
for the dance studio and theater space.
BLACK ARTISTS CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
BACCE originates and produces plays and salons that commemorate, cultivate and celebrate
Black People, Black Art, Black Life and the Black avant-garde. BACCE is inspired by inclusivity
and plurality of thought, by work that challenges entrenched assumptions and by artistic
processes that undermine or ignore the dominant culture’s economic, political and/or social
paradigms. Two new works will be developed by Black artists, that BACCE will stage soon after
the region’s theatres re-open, which will promote the creative growth of the Bay Area’s Black
theater community. These projects represent two desires of the company – to create original
work and to present the work of an African playwright.
EYE ZEN PRESENTS
Eye Zen Presents artistically recaptures LGBTQ+ stories and traditions erased from historical
records to create a lasting body of evidence and to make these vital legacies available to future
generations. Eye Zen’s productions experimentally blend performative and visual disciplines:
contemporary theatre and dance are fused with live music, puppetry, drag, and video, creating
an immersive theatrical experience. Eye Zen Presents will launch an online live-streaming OUT
of Site: SOMA, an immersive LGBTQ2+ history tour through San Francisco’s SOMA
FoolsFURY’s mission is to revitalize the American theater by creating ground-breaking visceral
performances that inspire audiences and artists to reconsider and reconnect with the world
around them, while advancing artistic dialogue and community through accessible training,
research, and presentation. FoolsFURY will be creating a virtual convening, BUILD From Here,
to sustain their community in 2020. The curation of the 2020/21 festival reflects a huge
investment in EDI practices.
LOWER BOTTOM PLAYAZ
The primary purpose of the Lower Bottom Playaz, Inc. is to foster the creation, production, and
presentation of quality theatre in the tradition of the Black Arts continuum. The Lower Bottom
Playaz, Inc. purposefully use performance as a way of increasing social awareness, providing
an entry point to community concerns, as well as to stimulate, celebrate and enhance
understanding of themselves and others through the shared experience of live theatre.
Oakland's oldest Black Theatre company will create the virtual production of anchor theatrical
pieces such as Mama at Twilight: Death by Love, SPELL#7, and the Black House as well as a reading
series as part of BAMBDFEST 2020; an arts event that will employ over 50 artists in a time of
dark venues and canceled contracts.
PHOENIX ARTS ASSOCIATION THEATRE
The Phoenix has in its near 35 year existence served the community as both a producing
company as well as a venue to hundreds of other nomadic companies of all ethnicities and
gender expressions, especially seniors, women (3Girls Theatre is one of our resident companies)
and LGBTQ. Phoenix Arts Association will use the grant for general operating support,
including salaries for their creative staff, rent, and possible moving costs while determining
next steps for the organization.
QUEER CAT PRODUCTIONS
Queer Cat Productions creates playful, perspective-queering, boundary-pushing theatre and
immersive experiences at the intersection of theatre, games, and storytelling. We are committed
to curiosity about evolving forms; haunting: memory, resilience, genre-fluidity; and to the spirit
of play, as interactive and consensual, as a space for risk and spectacular failure, as stories that
we co-create, storytellers and audience, and that create us in return. Queer Cat Productions will
recover tangible and intangible losses due to COVID-19, and to create CAMP!, a zoom-based
immersive interactive experience.
SAN FRANCISCO NEO-FUTURISTS
The San Francisco Neo-Futurists are a wildly prolific collective of writers / directors /
performers committed to making theatre that is consistently engaged with the world around
them. Neo-Futurism prioritizes brevity, authenticity, chance, and risk. For over 6 years, the
Neo-Futurists have performed their flagship show The Infinite Wrench every Friday & Saturday,
46 weekends a year. The Neo-Futurists will receive bridge funding and continue paying their
emerging ensemble of local performance artists while suspending performances of "The Infinite
Wrench" and continuing the shift to the virtual world.
THEATRE OF YUGEN
Theatre of Yugen envisions a world in which people are connected heart to heart, without
boundaries, by experiencing the beauty expressed by the Japanese sensibility of yugen, derived
from the Japanese characters yu, meaning “deep, quiet, or other-worldly,” and gen meaning
“subtle, profound, or obscured.” We see a world where physical theatre unifies disparate
disciplines to evoke yugen. Theatre of Yugen will continue creating a new work titled
BRAIDED: A Native Noh Story, which explores the intersection of Native American experiences
and Japanese American immigrant experiences, and will also remunerate and retain our artists