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The PAV Fund


The League of Chicago Theatres is pleased to offer The PAV Fund to support Chicago’s performing arts venues. Funded entirely by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, this program offers a variety of resources to help theatre companies maintain their performance spaces, or find a new one.

The PAV Fund also provides grants for non-profit theatre companies which might otherwise lack the financial means to upgrade their facilities in order to be safe, accessible, and properly licensed (please see below for more info).

For organizations who own their own building, or have a long-term lease, The PAV Fund offers The PM Program to support preventative maintenance for their building assets and prepare for future expenditures (please see below for more info).

Please click here to send an introductory e-mail to Mark Kozy that briefly describes the need(s) related to your performance venue (or if you’re searching for a new space) to learn what resources might be available for you.

Our goal is to help provide for the safety and comfort of Chicago’s audiences and artists, and to help ensure a continuation of affordable performance spaces.



PAV Fund Grant Information


The PAV Fund offers grants to help preforming arts organizations make modifications to their buildings for one or more of the following reasons: 

1. Resolve a building code violation (cited or not)
2. Comply with PPA (Public Place of Amusement) license requirements
3. Provide accessibility for persons with disabilities
4. Improve quality of life for patrons, staff, and/or artists
5. Increase the capacity and health of the local theatre community

Applications for this program are due November 15, 2018. We encourage all interested organizations to begin the application process as soon as possible.

To be eligible, organizations must meet all of the following requirements:

1. Be a 501(c)(3) organization;
2. Have an annual operating budget of $3,000,000 or less;
3. If renting the facility, provide documentation that your landlord understands and supports your intention to make modifications to the building, and you have at least two years remaining on your current lease, or equivalent.

If you are interested in applying for a PAV Fund grant, please click here to send an introductory e-mail to Mark Kozy that briefly describes the issue(s) that need to be addressed. Mark will respond to arrange a consultation with your organization to assess conditions.

We will ask you to complete an application after the initial consultation.



The PM Program


The PM Program is tailored for performing arts companies to proactively maintain their venue in order to optimize performance, reliability, safety, and life cycle of building assets. This program helps organizations implement a preventative maintenance program for their building assets and plan for future replacements.

Participating organizations will be provided a facility assessment and detailed report, followed by custom designed capital replacement and preventative maintenance plans. In addition, critical preventative maintenance expenses will be covered for up to two years.

The program’s goal is to help manage and decrease costs to an organization for many years to come, as well as to reduce risks to safety, customer service, and energy consumption.

Applications for this program are due on October 15, 2018. We encourage all interested organizations to begin the application process as soon as possible.

To be eligible, organizations must meet all of the following requirements:

1. Be a 501(c)(3) organization;
2. Have an annual operating budget of $3,000,000 or less;
3. If required, have a valid Public Place of Amusement license, or equivalent.
4. If renting the facility, provide documentation that your landlord understands and supports your intention to make modifications to the building, and you have at least two years remaining on your current lease, or equivalent.

Priority will be given to organizations that own their venue, or have a long-term lease.

If you are interested in applying for the PM Program, please click here to send an introductory e-mail to Mark Kozy. Mark will respond to arrange a consultation with your organization.

We will ask you to complete an application after the initial consultation.