The Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust provides capacity-building support to performing arts organizations in New York City.

Funding Interests:

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.

Geographic Focus:

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.

Grant Cycle:

The annual application deadline is August 1st. Grant notifications and awards are sent to all applicants in November.