What is the Valentine Fund?
The Valentine Fund was begun in 1987 to provide financial assistance to members of the Portland-area theatre community in times of medical or personal emergency.
Who may apply?
Applicants must be members of PATA, and must have been active in a theatre project, or auditioned at the PATA generals, at least once in the last two years.
How much money may I request?
There is no limitation on requests, but most are granted in the $500-1500 range. (Our resources are limited, so partial awards may be granted if a worthy request exceeds the Fund’s capacity.)
Is there a deadline?
There is no deadline. Applications are accepted at any time, and applicants may expect a response within three to six weeks.
What are the most important criteria?
Priority is generally given to medical emergencies such as the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, seriously debilitating disease, or major physical injury. Secondary priority is usually given significant personal emergency such as loss of residence due to fire, or theft of tools of trade. However, these are only general guidelines; the committee considers each request on a case-by-case basis, and exercises discretion as to severity of need.
Who makes the decision?
The Valentine Fund selection committee has 3 to 5 members, made up of PATA Board Members and non-Board members of PATA. The committee considers requests. They agree upon their award recommendations, which are then advanced to the PATA Board for a blind vote (with name and contact information withheld). The PATA Board makes the final determination.
Where does the money come from?
The Fund is entirely supported through individual donations. To donate, click here.
If I have applied before, can I apply again?
Regardless of whether or not your prior request was granted, you may re-apply not less than six months after the prior request.
How can I apply?
Click here for an application form with detailed instructions.