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Steps to Apply

CATS partners only with non-profit agencies and community-based organizations working directly with under-served, low-income individuals. If your agency is interested in becoming a partnering agency of CATS, you will need to take the following steps:

Contact CATS to discuss your program and determine if a partnership with CATS is right for your organization.

Complete and return the AGENCY APPLICATION with the following accompanying materials:

  • A brief letter (on your agency’s letterhead) from the Executive Director or other appropriate supervisor supporting your
  • A copy of your agency’s IRS notification letter.

Annual Registration Fee

All partnering agencies are assessed an Annual Registration Fee.  Yearly fees may not be waived or prorated.  CATS is not in the position to offer free services to agencies – no matter where the agency is located.  CATS does not receive city, state or federal funding and faces the same economic challenges as other agencies. 

The fee is $375 year. For those agencies with three and more programs/sites working with CATS, the fee is $300 per program / site.


CATS welcomes completed applications from agencies working specifically with under-served populations and which meet the following criteria:

1) Your agency must be a Federal Nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) agency - Only agencies which are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as "not a private foundation" under Section 509(a). CATS may also work with government/ public agencies, or independent projects that have a qualified tax-exempt fiscal sponsor.  Other 501(c) organizations, such as 501(c)(5), do not qualify.

2) Your agency must be a Direct-Service Provider - Only agencies/programs which work directly with under served individuals are eligible for the CATS Program. 

3) Your agency may not have the intention to distribute, sell or raffle event tickets to your agency's staff, their friends, your agency's directors, volunteers, local schools or other community agencies or entities. 

4) Your agency must provide CATS Event Opportunities (tickets) to program participants at no charge.

Unfortunately, the following entities are not eligible to partner with CATS:

  • Individuals
  • Nonprofit organizations without a current 501(c)(3) exempt status (see exceptions above)
  • Non profit groups which do not work directly with individuals in need
  • Hospitals
  • Fund-raising event committees such as luncheons, dinners, walks, runs, or sports tournaments
  • K–12 schools (school-based 501 (c)(3) programs operating during non-school hours may be eligible)
  • Religious organizations without a secular community designation1

1 A secular designation is defined as an organization separate from the church or religious organization that provides services to people regardless of their religious beliefs and does not propagate a belief in a specific faith. Example: A hospice that is a separate 501(c)(3) organization from a church and provides care and support to anyone who qualifies for services, regardless of religious belief.


Agencies providing support services for transitional and/or permanent housing facilities must complete an application FOR EACH SITE OR BUILDING intending to receive CATS services. 

Every building and/or program has different residents/ clients, different support staff, different locations have needs specific to their residents/ clients and therefore utilize CATS in different ways. For these reasons, CATS works with each building and/or program individually as opposed to the agency as a whole.  This information concerns new agencies applying to CATS and renewing agencies. 

CATS is unable to make exceptions to this guideline.    





Disney on Ice


"Thank you so much for the tickets for Vagina Monologues. I have never been to anything like that before and never even heard about it. I can't believe that it was in a church, I loved it. I took my sister who is also a rape survivor and we both agreed that seeing this was just as good as a full year of therapy."

-Resolve to Stop the Violence Project


"I just wanted to let you know that the residents who attended Six Degrees of Separation last Friday night said they enjoyed it very much. They said they felt like "real people" being able to attend this event. So thank you so much."

-ARA House, San Francisco


"Wanted to sent you a BIG THANK YOU on behalf of myself and First Step. The guys that I took to the game (one being his first game ever) were very excited to witness history being made by Bonds' homerun #756.  Could not have done it without you all."

-First Step Program for Veterans, Menlo Park


"Thanks so much for helping us to see Smoky Joe's Cafe last night in San Jose. What a terrific show!  The residents here at Leland House love going to see anything that American Musical Theatre puts on, and whenever they see another show coming up they get all excited. This was our fifth time attending a performance at AMTSJ, and we are always swept away and bowled over. The residents spill into the car afterward elated and chatter all the way home. I wish you could be there to see them.    

It has been a difficult month here at the house, with several residents passing away. As you can imagine, the overall tone of the place has been rather somber. Thank goodness for you guys and all that you do to help us get out and about. I don't know what we'd do without you!!!! "

-Leland House, San Francisco




Community Access Ticket Service, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), strengthens communities by including under-served populations in the arts and other cultural events. 

CATS accomplishes this with your generous donation of tickets, financial support and the cooperation of staff working with local social-service agencies.
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