The Valentine Fund

The Valentine Fund was established in 1987 to provide financial assistance to PATA members in times of medical or personal emergency. PATA is proud to have supported our artists in times of need for more than 30 years. The Valentine Fund is made possible by donations from the community, businesses, and PATA members. We hold an annual fundraising drive and accept donations throughout the year.

photo credit: David Kinder

What is the Valentine Fund?

Individual-level PATA members are eligible to apply for emergency funding in the amount of up to $1500 every six months. PATA will strive to provide emergency funds to as many eligible applicants as financially possible.

If you are able to make a donation to the Valentine Fund, we encourage you to do so as a way of supporting your fellow members of the theatre community.

Do I Qualify For Support?

First, you must be an individual member of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance. The Valentine Fund can help you through strenuous times and a variety of needs apply. We focus on dispersing funds to active members of the theatre community who have encountered unforeseen and emergent hardships.

Who selects the awardees?

An anonymous panel of application reviewers is maintained by the Valentine Fund Committee. This panel reviews applications (without access to identifying information) and makes their recommendations to the PATA Board. The PATA Board makes the final decision on who is awarded funding.

(You must be a logged in paying member of PATA to access the application. Join PATA today!)

Have Questions?

Valentine Fund FAQs

How long does the application process take?

Once your application is complete, the Valentine Fund panel and PATA Board, made up of theatre professionals and community members, will aim to have a decision made within 30-45 days.

Can I find out the names of the people on the Valentine Fund panel?

No. Everyone who serves is an anonymous member.

If my application is denied, can I apply at a later date?

Yes!  However, you must wait 2 weeks before you may submit a followup application with answers to additional questions and more supporting documents. You can request up to $1,500 per application. The PATA Board maintains ultimate decision-making authority. All decisions made by the PATA Board are final and binding.

How often can I apply for funds?

After the PATA Board of Directors makes a decision in response to your application, if they grant you funds, you must wait 6 months before you may submit another application. If they do not grant you funds, you must wait 2 weeks before you may submit a followup application with answers to additional questions and more supporting documents. 

Is my information confidential?

The only individuals privy to your identifying confidential information are the PATA Office Manager, the Valentine Fund panel, and the President and the Treasurer of the PATA Board of Directors.

What kind of documentation should I provide?

Please, provide any information that you believe will help us make a decision.  Anything you think is important to your situation.  Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • bank statements 
  • rent/mortgage bills 
  • utility bills 
  • medical bills 
  • child support payments/documents 
  • proof of unemployment (e.g., documentation from state employment department) 
  • court fees 
  • insurance bills 
  • repair bills 
  • transportation expenses 
  • last dated paycheck

What is the process for applying?

Please, fill out your online application here. Attach any information to support your application. Once your application is received, your application will be reviewed by the anonymous Valentine Fund panel, and the Board will make the final decision. You will be contacted about the Board’s decision.

I do not have reliable Internet access and need a printed application. How can I apply for help from the Valentine Fund?

Please, contact the Office Manager (phone: 503-449-6270, email: to request a mailed application. Include your mailing address in your request.