EDA Round Four Frequently Asked Questions

About EDA Round Four Overall

If I apply under Option B, to refine my engagement of ALAANA audiences,  do I need to have a track record of engaging all of the ethnicities listed?  No.  In order to be competitive, applicants are expected to have a track record of engaging at least one ethnicity listed.  

In using the term ALAANA, do the guidelines refer to audiences from the US or from other countries?   Either or both.  For example, audiences could be African American, from the continent of Africa, or Asian American, or from an Asian country.  

How does EDA define the terms “audience" and “community?” Does it have to be a paying audience in a theater?  Audience refers to any person who attends or otherwise experiences dance. EDA supports high-quality engagement experiences for audiences, which could take place in a range of locations, for cost or for free. The term “community” is used interchangeably with audience, to indicate a group of people who have something in common. Both terms are meant to indicate the range of relationships that EDA applicants may have or consider with the people served by their project.

How does EDA define “engagement”?  EDA has developed a definition of audience engagement, which we feel still works for the dance field. Briefly, engagement: implies that relationships with audiences are two-way and participatory; may be tied to specific performances or occur independently; plans that a knowledgeable audience will lead to better sales or donations; and involves risk, investment, and innovation.

Are past grantees eligible?  Those who were funded by EDA in Round Three and either Round One or Two of EDA are not eligible. Those had have been funded only once are eligible.

Must applicants apply to refine an existing program?  Or could an organization apply for a new program?  An entirely new program would not be competitive.

What is meant by the word “refined” in the EDA guidelines?  Refinement is defined as improving a program through careful examination and/or some degree of experimentation. The goal for Round Four is to avoid requiring organizations to create brand new programs in audience engagement, and instead invest in programs that are successfully engaging dance audiences. Some of these programs may not have been funded by EDA in the past or may not be known to the national dance field. Applicants are encouraged to consider strategies for making their programs even better.

Will priority be given to large organizations?  No. All organizations with budgets of $150,000 and above are eligible.

Why will EDA no longer fund standard pre- and post-show audience talks?  While Dance/USA encourages such activities, they have become standard practice in the dance field and are therefore no longer viewed as exemplary. However, organizations can apply to refine such activities in new ways.

Can only dance companies apply? No. Dance organizations of all types can apply as long as they meet the other eligibility requirements.

Can eligible projects involve pre-professionals or only professional dancers and organizations?  EDA grants will go to professional organizations. However, the audiences that are served through EDA projects may include pre-professionals, dance novices, and/or people who choose not to dance themselves.

Must a project involve an artist and/or performance?  It is anticipated that most projects will involve live performance or audience involvement of some type, but it is not mandatory.

Can a project involve new artistic work?  Yes, but unless there is a strong audience engagement theme, it is unlikely that such projects would be competitive. Refer to the EDA Round Four Overview page for guidance on funding priorities.

Can I apply for a project that has reached a specific audience other than those listed in the Guidelines?  It is unlikely that such projects would be competitive.

Does budget size influence grant amount?  Somewhat. The panel will scrutinize project budgets carefully and take into account the organization’s capacity, as indicated in part by its budget size. Since EDA offers project funding, the intent is for the project scope—and thus the grant size—to match the organization’s capacity to administer it. That said, organizations should apply for the amount of funding that is necessary to complete their project well. 

About the Letter of Inquiry

Can you submit more than one Letter of Inquiry?  No. Select the project that you feel is most competitive, given the goals of Round Four of EDA.

Do you have to be a Dance/USA Member by the LOI deadline?  No. If selected, all grantees must remain or become members for the grant period of Summer 2017—Summer 2018. If grantees are new members and are unable to pay for membership, some financial assistance will be available to cover dues in part or in full. The intent is for financial circumstances to not be a barrier to participation in EDA.

I have never applied for this type of funding before. Is help available?  Yes! Visit this page to learn about  all forms of assistance that are availableto applicants. EDA is co-managed with Callahan Consulting for the Arts. The EDA project manager is available to assist applicants until the deadline. Contact EDA staff by phone at 202-955-8325 or email at eda@danceusa.org.

I have heard that extensive information is available from prior Rounds of EDA. Where do I find it?  Please see the EDA Resource Library, which provides content generated by all three rounds of grantees as they completed audience engagement projects. You may find ideas there for how to refine or enhance your own programs. But your project does not need to be based on prior EDA content.

About Eligibility, Budget, the Full Application, and Review Process

Are companies automatically members through their agents if the agents are members?  No.

Will the full applications be reviewed by the same panel that reviews the Letters of Inquiry?  Yes.

Must applicants apply for the same project as proposed in their Letter of Inquiry Submission?  Yes. The invitation to apply is based on the project submitted in the LOI.

How should we determine our EDA request amount?  Applicants are advised to submit budgets that are as realistic as possible. Ideally, costs should be based on actual project-related expenses. It is understood that, if invited to apply, applicants would do more detailed research on costs.

Should the Total Project Cost cover only the engagement components of a project or can it include other costs, such as artist fees or residency elements?  Residency or other creation costs can be included only if integral to the EDA project. Applicants should clearly delineate their engagement costs within their project budgets. 

At the full application phase, will there be a requirement to match project funding with other support?  Yes, but the matching requirement is flexible. Applicants must provide 25% in matching funds but all or part of it could be in-kind contributions. 

Do we need to have our matching funding in place by the January deadline?  No. But your budget should give reasonable projections of funding sources and amounts based on applications submitted or funds that can be allocated internally.

For Funded Organizations

How many meetings will be required?  How many days out of the office can I expect?  For the two required in-person meetings, grantees should plan for a total of about four (4) full days of meetings, in addition to travel time and some preparation. Meetings will take place at two points during the project period, at locations and times that coincide with Dance/USA Conferences. The first meeting will be June 7-8, 2017, in Kansas City, MO, and it is mandatory that at least one person from each funded project attend each meeting. The second meeting will take place in early June 2018 in Los Angeles. Dance/USA will cover travel costs separately from the grant funds for up to two people per grantee. More people from each project are welcome to participate (provided they cover their own travel). Additional time is required for reporting on and administering the grant; see the EDA Round Four Grantee Timeline for further information.

Will Round Four grantees have to attend the Dance/USA conference in June 2018?  Grantees are required to attend at least the first day of this conference, in Los Angeles, to share information about their projects. Travel will be paid. 

What are the requirements for my organization if funded? Requirements are listed on the EDA Round Four Grantee Timeline.

Return to EDA Round Four Overview and Guidelines.