The 20-Minute Grant


We’re glad you’re here. Applications closed on November 15, and we got a great response. We’ll be evaluating applications over the next few weeks. If you’d like to learn more about the grant, please read on!


  • Monday, October 16: Applications open
  • Wednesday, November 15: Application deadline (5:00 p.m.) 
  • Friday, December 15: Notification of funding
  • Saturday, December 30: Checks mailed to grantees

Questions and Answers

What is the 20-Minute Grant?
A small grant with a quick application process!

How can the money be used?
To pay artists working on an upcoming Triangle-area theater project happening by June 30, 2024.

What’s the funding amount?

How long does it take to apply?
20 minutes

No, really, how long?
20 minutes. If you really want to spend more time on it, you can. But you shouldn’t need to.

Who can apply?
Triangle-area theater companies or groups with an upcoming project happening before June 30, 2024. (501(c)(3) nonprofit status is not required.)

Will you accept more than one grant application for the same project–or from the same group?

Can we apply if we pay some artists, but not others?

Remind me: What can the grant funds be used for?
Paying money to artists working on the project.

Can the grant funds be used for [something that is not paying artists]?
Not this time.

Will you be offering larger project grants later this season? If so, should I wait to apply for one of those?
Don’t wait. This is a small experiment as we’re working to redefine our work and impact. We don’t know yet what our spring funding will look like, but applying now won’t disqualify you later.

Can a solo artist apply?

Can a project be non-public–such as table reads of a script in development?
Yes, as long as participating artists will be paid.

How do I apply?
Please use our online application form.

What if applying online is not an option for me?
Please email us at with “Grant Questions” as the subject line if you need to submit a physical copy of the grant application.

When is the deadline to apply again?
5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2023

What are the reporting requirements?
We just ask that you send us three captioned photos of your artists at work. The captions will identify the artists and describe what they’re working on. Deadline for these is June 30, 2024.

What if I still have questions? What if I’m not sure my project qualifies? What if, what if, what if?
If you have questions not answered here, you can email us at with “Grant Questions” as the subject line. We’ll be glad to help.