SMAF funds projects for goods, services, or scholarships for individuals or entities who are stage managers, who meet the following criteria:
Those demonstrating experience as a professional stage manager; who makes their primary living as a stage manager or someone who is working towards, or retired from, making their primary living as a stage manager.
Anyone enrolled in a college or graduate program focused on stage management;
Those working with stage managers (such as Production Managers and Technical Directors),
Those teaching stage managers, or who enjoy stage managing but do not practice it as a career;