In response to the slowing economy — a downturn exacerbated by the events of September 11 — the New York City-based Lucille Lortel Foundation has announced a $1 million grant program for New York City not-for-profit theaters.
The foundation will provide two-year grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to small and mid-size theater companies for unrestricted general operating expenses. To be eligible, the company must have been in operation as a professional, not-for-profit producing organization in New York City for at least three years and have a current annual operating budget of $200,000 to $2.5 million.
"Lucille Lortel gave generously to not-for-profit theaters throughout her life and these grants continue her long-standing philanthropy," said Lortel Foundation president James J. Ross. "She was particularly responsive to the needs of struggling theaters. We are focusing our attention on the small and mid-size theater groups because we see them facing the greatest financial challenges right now, and clearly this is a need that Lucille would want us to address with speed and generosity."
For more information about the Lortel grants, visit the foundation's Web site at http://www.lortel.org.