Providing financial relief and support for Washington, DC-area theatre-makers when they need it.


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If you are a theatre-maker – on stage or off – currently residing and working (or have in the past two years) in the Washington, DC-area, and are dealing with an unforeseen medical or personal emergency, including loss of work resulting from Covid-19, you may apply to the Taking Care Fund.

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We have a new goal to raise one million dollars for the Taking Care Fund. Grants of direct support are made to theatre-makers on a monthly cycle, ensuring that they receive funding swiftly when they need it most. Donations to the Taking Care Fund are tax-deductible.

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Thank you all so much for absolutely everything you are doing to continue to help artists in this time. Your support is unbelievably heart touching, and you all continue to help me see the light at the end of this tunnel.
Anonymous Grantee

About the Taking Care Fund

Theater professionals—actors, designers, directors, stage managers, box-office staff, choreographers, administrators, dramaturgs, technicians, and more—experience unforeseen personal emergencies like everyone else. But unlike many others, professionals in the arts can earn wages that are rarely commensurate with their contribution to the vitality and richness of our community. And like many, they don’t have access to regular health insurance.

We created the Taking Care Fund in 2012 to help colleagues in need. The Taking Care Fund was established to assist area theatre professionals in times of unforeseen medical hardship. Support is provided in the form of an outright gift that never needs to be repaid.

In March 2020, in response to the pandemic outbreak, we created additional opportunities for the long-standing Taking Care program to provide microgrants to theatre professionals who faced financial hardship from closings, postponed productions, and other lost wages. As it became clear that the future of in-person productions remains uncertain and likely will for some time, and the need persists, a committee-led decision was made to increase gift amounts to provide relief for longer-term expenses like rent coverage, debt relief, and medical care. As a result, grants are now available for up to $5,000 per individual, with average grants funded at $1,500.

Taking Care Fund Stats:

From March 2020 to November 2021, the Taking Care Fund has expanded to provide for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Over 850 grants have been made to theatre-workers across the Washington, DC-area
  • Over $710,000 has been distributed through grants

In 2021:

  • Over 68% of grantees have worked in the Washington, DC-area theatre community for five or more years
  • 54% of the recipients identify as Black or African American, 47% identify as White, 10.7% identify as Hispanic, and the remainder identify as Middle Eastern or North African, Multiracial or Multiethnic, Native American or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or other 
  • Over 31% of grantees reported dependents or have caretaking responsibilities

Questions? Contact us!

Theatre Washington welcomes questions on the Taking Care Fund and its application process. Please contact Taking Care Fund Associate, Cody Whitfield.