Providing financial relief and support for Washington, DC-area theatre-makers when they need it.
About the Taking Care Fund
Theater professionals—actors, designers, directors, stage managers, box-office staff, choreographers, administrators, 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 theater 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 $500 grants 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. Grantees must submit supporting paperwork for payment to be disbursed. If grantees are unable to do so within one year of the date of their grant acknowledgement letter, then the grantee will need to reapply to the Taking Care Fund and be reapproved for funding.
Theatre Washington is committed to keeping the Fund open – for applications and donations – for as long as the community needs it, increasing the level of support, and providing a continuous monthly grant cycle. With a generous $100,000 matching gift from The Revada Foundation of the Logan Family, we have set a new goal of raising a total of $1,000,000 for the Taking Care Fund by the end of 2021.
Theatre Washington welcomes questions on the Taking Care Fund and its application process. Contact Cody Whitfield at email@example.com.
Applying to the Taking Care Fund
If you are a Washington area theatre professional – on stage or off stage – currently residing and working (or have in the past two years) in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan 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. Funding is available in grants ranging from $500 to $5,000, with the average grant estimated to be $1,500. Applications are reviewed by staff and the Taking Care Advisory Panel on a monthly basis received by the 5th of each month. Grants are awarded to applicants with the greatest need based on the information provided on the application, and the amount of the grant is determined by the number of applications received. While this is a critical time for many in the community and the assistance we can provide is limited, we hope to provide as much assistance to as many of our colleagues as the funding allows.
The Taking Care Medical Emergency Fund is also still active for Washington, D.C. area theatre professionals dealing with an unforeseen medical emergency. Funding is available ranging from $500 to $5,000, and applications are reviewed on a weekly basis.
Donating to the Taking Care Fund
Theatre Washington announced a new goal to raise one million dollars for the Taking Care Fund by the end of 2021, with a generous $100,000 matching gift from The Revada Foundation of the Logan Family. As of February 2021, the Fund has raised over $500,000 from more than 1,200 community donors. To date, 669 grants have been awarded totaling over $419,000.
Theatre Washington is a 501c3 organization. The amount of your donation to the Taking Care Fund is tax-deductible.