Dance grants come from a number of places across the dance world and are offered to support a wide array of activities. There are scholarships and grants available to dancers who wish to go back to college even when the field of study they are looking to pursue is not dance related. There is also some grant support for dance education programs that look to share the love of dance with children of low-income families. The majority of grants offered for dance supports the work of local and touring dance groups who need funding to get new projects off the ground.
Career Transition for Dancers
This organization was founded in 1985 and remains to this day the only non-profit organization in the United States that works with dancers as they choose to explore a career in an area other than dance. It received major support from arts philanthropist Caroline Newhouse and survives off private support. In addition to the career counseling and services the foundation offers to dancers as they explore careers outside of dance, the group offers two scholarship and grant programs. The Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund offers $2,000 scholarships and grants that can be used to attend school or start a new business. The Sono Osato Scholarship Program offers $5,000 in education funding that can be used to attend graduate school. For more information about either opportunity and to explore program eligibility, visit the CTD website.
This San Francisco based dance organization was founded in 1982 by and for dancers in the region to bring together the local dance community and to financially support their new work. The grant support offered by the group is intended for dance companies with budgets of $100,000 or less. These smaller programs can receive up to $4,000 to fund projects through the CA$H Grants Program. Individual artists can also apply for up to $2,000 for artistic projects. For more information, check out the group’s website or call 415-920-9181.
Dizzy Feet Foundation
This foundation is based out of Beverly Hills, CA and was co-founded by a few well-known faces from the world of dance and entertainment. These include the executive producer of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance Nigel Lythgoe, Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba and film and television actress Katie Holmes. Its main focus is supporting dance education in the United States. It also offers a scholarship program for talented dancers to pursue higher education. Grants are offered to community programs that serve students under the age of 18 inside the United States. Dizzy Feet is especially interested in hearing from programs that operate in rural areas or in communities where access to dance education is extremely low. Applications are accepted yearly between August 1 and September 1 with funding distributed by the end of third quarter. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New England Foundation for the Arts
This foundation offers a large number of grant programs for dance in the New England area. Most of their programs support dance groups planning to tour nationally who are based in the area of the foundation. Grants range in size from $25,000 to $40,000 and assist with production expenses necessary for preparing touring projects. Grants are available for artists, presenters and programs. If you are a New England based program looking to take your art on the road, this is a great opportunity for you to consider. For additional information about any of the NEFA grant programs, contact Program Manager Sara C. Nash by calling 617-951-0010, ext. 512 or by email at email@example.com.
New York Foundation for the Arts
This foundation recently updated its BUILD Program, to consolidate its previous grant programs into one streamlined process. BUILD stands for building up infrastructure levels for dance and now offers an award of $5,000. The opportunity is open to dance programs operating as non-profits in the New York City area. Your organization must hold 501c3 status and have a yearly operating budget under $150,000 to apply. See the NYFA website for more information or send an email to Lauren van Haaften-Schick at firstname.lastname@example.org.