For Bay Area performers, theater groups and arts organizations that lack permanent performance space, the American Conservatory Theater helps fill that gap with ArtShare, its community space-sharing initiative.

Applications are being accepted now through Jan. 31 for the 2019-20 season, said Andy Donald, A.C.T.’s associate artistic director.

Created in 2012, ArtShare provides free performance space for up to two weeks, depending on the project, to small and mid-sized theater companies or independent artists at one of A.C.T.’s spaces in the Central Market area in San Francisco — either at A.C.T.’s 49-seat black-box venue, The Costume Shop, or at The Rueff, a multi-use space at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater.

With funding from past support from the Hearst Foundations, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and Zellerbach Family Foundation, ArtShare also offers benefits that include house management and security for performances, technical orientation and a stipend for a photographer or videographer to document the project.

Recipients are selected according to various criteria, such as the proposed project’s readiness for the program and the diversity of the communities served by the artists.

The goal of ArtShare is to reach a broad range of organizations with diverse perspectives and bold artistic visions. Previous recipients include the Alter Theater Ensemble, BAYCAT, Community Works West, Faultline Theater, Theater Rhinoceros, Yes All Women and more.

To apply, visit Recipients for the 2019–20 season will be announced on May 1, 2019.