The Saints, those blessed folk who (acting as ushers) help us navigate many a perilous or mystifying theater, also provide financial support for performing arts groups–which apparently need it more than ever. Announcing their annual grants this week, The Saints noted that applications had jumped 55 percent over the previous year. They awarded $4,000 each to Quest Theater Ensemble, Silk Road Theatre Project, and Luna Negra Dance Company. Smaller grants went to Chicago Chamber Musicians, Rubicon Theater Company. Babes with Blades, and Open Eye Theater Company.