Theatre Grants

From The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

The Shubert Foundation is the nation’s largest funder dedicated to unrestricted funding of not-for-profit theatres and dance companies. The Shubert Foundation is especially interested in providing support to professional resident theatre and dance companies that develop and produce new American work.

Type of Support


Not-for-profit, professional theatres in the United States are the primary recipients of Shubert Foundation general operating support grants.

Theatres are evaluated individually and with appropriate allowance for size and resources. The standard for awarding these grants is based on an assessment of each organization's operation and its contribution to the field. Artistic activity, service to community, and fiscal responsibility are factored into each evaluation, as is the company's development of new work. Emphasis is placed upon a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Organization's Location
Program Location
Organization Type
Organization Budget And Years
Organization's annual budget is at least 150k
Organization has existed for at least 4 years
  • Organizations must have an annual budget of $150,000 or higher (not including in-kind support).
  • Organizations may not apply for multiple Shubert Foundation grants in one cycle.


Individuals or conduit organizations
Organizations seeking seed money or program/project support
Community and/or non-professional theatres
Fiscally sponsored organizations
Multidisciplinary arts presenters, performing arts centers, symphonies, or opera companies outside of New York City
Capital campaigns, endowments, renovations
Radio, film, TV, or other media projects


You may submit applications every year.
Required Attachments
Form 990
Audited Financial Statement
Contact info
(212) 944-3777
Review Criteria

Grants are awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Record of artistic activity
  • Impact of the organization’s programs
  • Record of developing and producing new work
  • Demonstrated commitment to underserved audiences and/or underrepresented voices
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Ability to generate both earned and contributed income
  • Other significant contributions to the field