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Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust
The Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust provides capacity-building support to performing arts organizations in New York City.
Performing arts organizations with an annual operating budget less than or equal to $1,000,000 as of the last fiscal year. Performing arts include dance, theater, and music.
Type of Support:
Grants are provided for capacity-building support and small-scale capital projects. Support is not provided for commissions, programs, or project-related requests. Grants may be single year or two-year commitments, and are typically $15,000 – $30,000 annually.
New York City
A minimum of three years must elapse between grant awards, calculated from the last fund distribution date. No grants are made to individuals, private foundations, governmental organizations, or for matching gifts or loans.
Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as public charities and tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
The annual application deadline is August 1. Grant notifications and awards are sent to all applicants in November.
Please include the following items in your organization’s request:
1. Proposal (maximum of three pages, 12 pt font, normal margins) which includes:
a. Overview of the organization (i.e., primary goals, needs or problems being addressed, population served)
b. Description of the project for which you are seeking support
i. Statement of purpose and the needs being addressed by the project
ii. Population served and how they will benefit from the project
iii. Project timeline/anticipated project duration
c. Brief biography of the executive director and key project staff
2. Project budget
a. If it is a two-year request, please include a two-year projected budget
b. Include a list of foundation, corporate and other support applied to the budget
3. Current fiscal year organizational budget
a. Also include a projected budget for upcoming year (if available)
b. Indicate if the organization has an endowment
i. Quote the most recent value of the corpus
ii. Indicate if the funds are permanently restricted or board restricted
4. List of foundation and corporate supporters
a. Include a list of funders for the current fiscal year
b. Also provide a list from the most recently completed fiscal year
c. Include foundation and corporation names and amounts
5. List of board members
a. Include professional affiliations (employer)
b. Include length of board service
All applications to the
Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust
must be submitted online.
Total Grantmaking in 2021: $355,000
Broadway Advocacy Coalition, New York, NY
$25,000 as a first installment to hire a Development Manager
Broken Box Mime Theater, Brooklyn, NY
$20,000 first installment to expand Artistic/Executive Director to a full-time position
Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY
$20,000 for infrastructure and equipment upgrades to professionalize the administrative office
Chocolate Factory Theater, Long Island City, NY
$25,000 as a first installment for a new Director of Development
CO/LAB Theater Group, New York, NY
$25,000 as a first installment to hire a full-time Development Manager
Frigid New York, New York, NY
$25,000 for the installation of a new lighting grid at UNDER St. Marks Theater
Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Inc., New York, NY
$25,000 as a second installment to support the hiring of a Program Director
Irondale Productions, Inc., Brooklyn, NY
$15,000 second installment to support Irondale’s new digital strategy
Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, Brooklyn, NY
$25,000 first installment to hire a Producing Director
Mabou Mines Development Foundation, Inc., New York, NY
$25,000 first installment to hire an External Affairs Manager
New Ohio Theatre, New York, NY
$30,000 to hire a Business Producer
On Site Opera, Inc., New York, NY
$20,000 for Capital Support to Equip and Operate On Site Opera’s New Office
Pipeline Theatre Company, New York, NY
$25,000 first installment to hire a Director of Development
The Harlem Chamber Players, New York, NY
$50,000 to hire a Development Associate and Operations Manager
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