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Get the financial assistance you need to make your artistic dreams a reality! Apply for a CA$H | Theatre grant today.

New guidelines! Larger grants! More grants!
There's never been a better time to apply.

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Fall 2020 CA$H Grant 

Important Dates: 

CA$H Deadline

Thursday, October 15th, 2020 at 11:59pm

CA$H Theatre Tutorial Videos

An important & friendly reminder: 

CA$H | Theatre grants do not have a specific grant period. Even for CA$H Performs applications, it is not necessary to have full project dates/venue/etc. in your application. Any confirmed details are helpful, but the Fall 2020 CA$H | Theatre panel will take into account the current uncertainty surrounding the timing of projects. Remember that CA$H Creates grants are also available for capacity building projects not directly tied to a production. 

Make sure to showcase how your project will still meet the CA$H priority criteria, even if that may be shown through descriptions of the plans (and/or contingency plans) for the project, and less dates/timeline details than in past CA$H applications. CA$H priority goes to work that has: (1) has an impact on the artist, the organization, the community or the field; (2) is innovative and takes creative risks with the potential of excellence; and (3) will result in some kind of tangible creative activity. 

To learn about CA$H grants for dance projects, visit the  CA$H Dance program administered by our friends at Dancers Group .


CA$H | Theatre has changed the designations through which you may apply for a grant. Both types of applicants (artist and organization) can now apply for either a CA$H | Creates grant ($2,500) or a CA$H | Performs grant ($5000). See guidelines for details.

CA$H | Theatre is grateful to now have three funders supporting this program (The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Grants for the Arts and Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock ) allowing for a larger bank for granting

PLEASE NOTE: CA$H | Theatre applicants do NOT need to be TBA members in order to be eligible.

Application Resources

Click here for the Fall 2020 CA$H | Theatre Guidelines.

Click here for a PDF of the CA$H CREATES Application.

Click here for a PDF of the CA$H PERFORMS Application. 

Click here to download a template project budget to include in your application.

Watch the videos below for additional application information, or click here to view on YouTube. 


About the CA$H | Theatre Program

CA$H (Creative Assistance for the Small (Organization) and Hungry (Artist), founded in 1999, provides vital financial support to individual theatre artists and small, professionally-oriented companies with operating budgets under $100,000. While Theatre Bay Area originally administered the program for both dance and theatre in partnership with Dancers Group, TBA now only administers theatre grants.  For the dance application, visit

CA$H | Theatre is an entirely artist-driven granting program. Each cycle, a panel of five artists and administrators is assembled to review the applications and make all granting decisions. Panelists go through rigorous training to assure equability.

Questions about how to apply? Get more information in any of the following ways:

  • Additional application information is now primarily available through a series of videos found here.
  • We will have one in-person workshop each round in San Francisco. This round's workshop is on February 17, 2020.
  • If you have any additional questions about CA$H | Theatre, please email

Want to be a panelist for a future round? Please email

Additional important information:
All applicants applying to CA$H with a dance project must submit their materials to Dancers’ Group (NOT Theatre Bay Area) using the dance application. There is no longer a common application form. For the dance application, visit

Success Stories

View/Download the Spring 2019 CA$H | Theatre grantees

Read "CA$H Yields Theatrical Dividends in 2019" in TBA News

Photo by Sasha Arutyunova.

Chris Chen – 2015 Recipient

"The $2000 CA$H grant I received helped me produce the world premiere production of Home Invasion, which we performed in nine private living rooms across the Bay Area. The grant helped me get my work seen by key artistic directors, donors, and theatre supporters!"

Today, Christopher Chen is an Obie winning, internationally celebrated playwright whose works have been produced and developed at stages across the country including A.C.T. and Berkeley Rep.

Photo courtesy Sasha Arutyunova.


Photo courtesy Nina Meehan.

Nina Meehan – 2005 Recipient for Active Arts Theatre for Young Audiences

“When Bay Area Children's Theatre first started, a CASH grant gave us the fuel for our very first show!  Today, we are reaching 90,000 people per year with our shows and classes, but without that first grant from Theatre Bay Area, we would have been stuck in the idea phase.  Passion needs resources to turn ideas into reality!”

Today, Nina Meehan is the Executive Director of Bay Area Children's Theatre--formerly Active Arts Theatre for Young Audiences-- which has emerged as a leader in theatre for young audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Photo by Melissa Nigro.

Min Kahng – 2015 & 2016 Recipient

"Thanks to the CA$H Grant, I was able to partner with Bay Area Children's Theatre to develop Story Explorers, a new musical for autistic children and their families. The funds enabled us to assemble a stellar team of collaborators who helped to devise the show and created a warm, welcoming environment for our audiences. We were able to impact the lives of over 60 families through the course of our three-weekend run."

Today, Min Kahng is a celebrated playwright and performer whose new musical, The Four Immigrants, which premiered at TheatreWorks July, 2017.

Previous Recipients (2013 - Present)

We are deeply proud of our most recent CA$H grantees, past and present!

Spring 2020- Theatre
List of Grantees

CA$H | Performs Grants

Bay Area Theatre Cypher

Crescent Moon Theater Productions

Those Women Productions

Be Steadwell

Erin Merritt

Virginia M. Blanco


CA$H | Creates Grants

Gamal Chasten

Katja Rivera

Keiko Shimosato Carreiro

Spring 2018 - Theatre

CA$H | Performs Grants

Fuse Theatre Inc.

Inferno Theatre

Theatre Lunatico

Theater of Others

Lynea Diaz-Hagan

Siobhan Doherty

Barry Eitel

Antoine Hunter

Ana Nelson

Brian Thorstenson


CA$H | Creates Grants

Actors Ensemble

Idiot String

Julie Drucker

Zahra Noorbakhsh

Caitlyn Tella

Fall 2017 - Theatre

CA$H | Performs Grants

AlterTheater Ensemble

Arabian Shakespeare Festival

Just Theater

The Lower Bottom Playaz

San Francisco Neo-Futurists

Those Women Productions

Krista DeNio

Jovelyn D. Richards

Dan Wolf


CA$H | Creates Grants

Patricia Cotter

Chibueze Crouch

Bora C Koknar

Charlie Levin

Jon Wai-Keung Lowe

Jubilith Moore

Spring 2017 - Theatre

Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience
Eugenie Chan Theater Projects
Ferocious Lotus               
Fuse Theatre
Repulsive Women
Theatre Lunatico
Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park               
James Ard
Kieran Beccia
Richard Ciccarone
Beth McLaughlin
Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko
Salim Razawi
Kevin Seaman

Fall 2016 - Theatre
13th Floor
AlterTheater Ensemble
Crescent Moon Theater Productions
FaultLine Theater
Left Coast Theatre Company
Play Café, Inc.
Theater MadCap
Safiya Fredericks
Lisa Hori-Garcia
Min Kahng
Bridgette Portman
Andrew Saito

Fall 2016 - Dance
Check out Dancers' Group for a list of grantees

Spring 2016 - Dance
Yayoi Kambara
Ryan Elizabeth Reid
Danielle Sexton
Girls Raks
NAKA Dance Theater
Mud Water Theatre

Spring 2016 - Theatre
Bindlestiff Studio



The Lower Bottom Playaz, Inc.

Diane M. Barnes

Sophie Becker, Kristen Rulifson, Hien Huynh

Andrea L. Hart

Fall 2015 - Dance
Greacian Goeke
Pearl Marill
Jikelele Dance Theater
SoCo Dance Theater
Lauren Simpson and Jenny Stulberg

Fall 2015 - Theatre
Black Box Baroque
Just Theater
Naked Empire Bouffon Company
Ubuntu Theater Project
Rotimi Agbabiaka
Christopher Chen

Spring 2015 - Dance
Marina Fukushima
Rachna Nivas
EmSpace Dance
Funsch Dance Experience
Scott Wells & Dancers

Spring 2015 - Theatre
Eye Zen Presents
The Lower Bottom Playaz, Inc.
Red Ladder Theatre Company
Delina P. Brooks
Christine Crook
Min Kahng
Lisa Marie Rollins

Fall 2014 - Dance
Tanya Bello
Amie S. Dowling
Katharine Hawthorne
Esmeralda Kundanis-Grow
Circo Zero
Fog Beast
Inside Out Contemporary Ballet

 Fall 2014 - Theatre
AlterTheater Ensemble
Echo Brown
Peter L. Stein
Conrad Bishop & Elizabeth Fuller
Megan Trout
Michael Gene Sullivan
Ana-Catrina Buchser

Spring 2014 - Dance
Gerald Casel
Iu-Hui Chua
Maureen Whiting
Hope Mohr Dance
Mary Armentrout Dance Theater
Paufve Dance

Spring 2014 - Theatre
Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience

Idiot String: Joan Howard and Rebecca Longworth

FoolsFURY Theater

Corey Fischer

Sara Kraft

Kevin Rolston

David Szlasa

Eli Wirtschafter, Marica Petrey and Hannah Michahelles

Fall 2013 - Dance
Anna and the Annadroids
Urban Jazz Dance Company
Nava Dance Theatre
Krista DeNio
Tandy Beal
Marina Fukushima
Chelsea Eng and Rodney Bell

Fall 2013 - Theatre
AlterTheater Ensemble
Just Theatre
The Lower Bottom Playaz, Inc
Michael Gene Sullivan
Eugenie Chan
Steve Boyle 

Spring 2013 - Dance
Tableau Stations/Isak Immanuel
Funsch Dance Experience
Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater (NAKA)
Kegan Marling
Farah Yasmeen Shaikh

Spring 2013 - Theatre
Erling Wold's Fabrications
Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company
Symmetry Theatre Company
Erin Bregman
Lisa Scola Prosek