Stage Manager's Association Foundation Grant Applications Now Open

February 28, 2024

The Board of Directors of the Stage Managers’ Association Foundation is pleased to announce their third grant application cycle. Grant applications will be accepted from February 26 through March 25, 2024. Awards will be announced on April 15, 2024. 

Proposals may be submitted to the Foundation for small grants up to $2,000. Examples of what can be funded include:  

  • Projects and public events that are designed to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the skills of stage managers and their crucial role in the arts and entertainment industries.  
  • Programs and services. 
  • Support for attending conferences.  
  • Workshops.  
  • Support for international travel.  
  • Honorariums - compensation for lectures, seminars, mentoring, or the like, for the furtherance of educating students or others.

 To find out more details and to fill out an application, visit: 

Over the past 2 years, SMAF has granted awards to fund a wide variety of support for those in the stage management field. With SMAF’s help, stage managers have been able to attend intimacy training seminars so that they can be stronger allies to actors in the rehearsal room. SMAF has been able to fund compensation for stage management positions that have traditionally been filled by volunteers and has supported training and experience programs for stage managers of color. They also provided paid on-the-job training to early-career and student stage managers, including a webinar series that increased stage managers' knowledge of technical specialties that they interact with regularly while on the job. If you have a project or situation similar to these, you’re encouraged to apply!

SMAF has also entered its next fundraising cycle. To find out more or to make a tax-deductible contribution, visit: