IndieSpace and The Indie Theater Fund were built to be responsive to the needs of our community and to provide financial support to artists and workers navigating obstacles to creating their art. The recent uptick in violence towards the AAPI community, both on public transportation, and, in general, has been absolutely devastating. We are happy to partner with AAPAC to provide small stipends for safety, allowing artists to move in and out of the theater without fearing for their lives. This is only a bandaid, we know, and does not address the systems of oppression that have brought us here, but we hope it provides some peace and comfort, and practical support, in these most difficult times.

What This Grant Covers:

The Indie Theater Fund/IndieSpace is offering stipends of $250, as needed, to AAPI artists who don't feel safe on the train to cover the cost of transportation via Taxi/Lyft/Uber or other means in NYC. We want you to and from rehearsal (and anywhere) safe!

Who is Eligible?:
This application is open to any AAPI identifying NYC-based theater artist in need of support to get home safely. At this time we will be prioritizing indie, Off and Off Off Broadway artists currently traveling to and from in-person rehearsals and performances. All other transportation funding requests will be considered and funds will be distributed as they are available. Please only complete this application ONCE. After we have been able to serve all applicants we will consider reapplications for additional funding. 

Application Process:
To apply for funds, please complete the application below. This application should take you 5 minutes or less to complete. If you have any questions about the application or need assistance completing the application via phone, or in another language, please reach out to our Programs Manager at

Payment Process:
Applications will be accepted and reviewed by our staff on a weekly basis. You will receive a notification of your application status and funding availability within 1 week of submission.

As of now grants will be given out on a first come, first served basis, but, if at any time the number of applicants is more than the amount of available funds, we will do a lottery. The lottery will prioritize indie theater artists and artists currently in rehearsal and performance.

*Please note that if you are an individual who has already received funding from us (The Indie Theater Fund, Cultural Solidarity Fund, IndieSpace) in 2022, you will be prompted to upload a W-9 into your application in order to receive funds again. If you need a blank copy of a W-9, you can download one here. If you have any questions about this, please email

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