What is Taking Care of Our Own? Taking Care of Our Own is an initiative of theatreWashington created to meet a critical need in our community — assisting currently active Washington area theatre professionals experiencing personal emergency situations.
Who is eligible to apply for financial assistance? Any theatre professional — on stage or off stage — currently residing in the Washington, DC metropolitan area who is currently working or who has actively worked in the Washington, DC metropolitan area within the past two years.
What types of emergency requests are eligible for assistance? Assistance may be provided:
Are there requests that are not eligible for assistance? Assistance is not available for:
Who determines who gets assistance? All applications for assistance will be reviewed by, and assistance will be determined at the discretion of, the Taking Care of Our Own Advisory Panel, comprised of leaders in the Washington theatre community as well as medical and business professionals.
What level of financial assistance can I get? Requests meeting the final eligibility requirements will be considered at no less than $500, to be made in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000, and will be determined based on:
If I get assistance, do you send the funds to me? If assistance is granted, funds will be provided by theatreWashington directly to a provider based on documentation provided by the applicant. Notification will also be sent to the applicant receiving assistance for their financial records.
Does it matter if I am a member of a professional theatre union? No. On the Taking Care of Our Own application, you will be asked to note memberships you may have in these organizations, for our information in the decision-making process.
Can I still apply for assistance if I currently have some insurance coverage? Yes, but on the Taking Care of Our Own application, you will be asked to list all insurance coverage and other sources of assistance available for your need (i.e. health/vision/dental coverage, home-owner’s or renter’s insurance, family/friends) so that we may fully understand each applicant’s particular situation.
Is this a loan that I need to repay? No. Assistance provided is given as a full grant without any obligation for repayment to theatreWashington.
How often do you dispense funds? Applications typically are reviewed on a monthly basis; however, there will be some times of the year when it will take longer for an application to be reviewed.
How can I contribute to Taking Care of Our Own? While theatreWashington, in partnership with many area theatres, raises funds for Taking Care of Our Own throughout the year through Bucket Brigades and fundraising events, we welcome any contributions. The more that we are able to collect, the greater the number of Washington theatre artists we will be able to assist. Contributions can be made online, by check mailed to theatreWashington, 1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 100, Washington, DC 20009 (payable to Taking Care of Our Own), or by phone at 202-337-4572.