Field-Wide Grants

Browse a range of current funding opportunities and general resources for funding available to dance professionals. This listing is updated weekly and is accessible to all regardless of membership. To list your upcoming funding opportunity on this page, please contact the Membership Department

Funding Opportunities

GrantOrganizationDeadlineDescriptionApply
Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency GrantsNYFA and Robert Rauschenberg FoundationThe first application cycle will open on Tuesday, November 9 with a deadline of January 7, 2022. Funds may be requested for emergency expenses for up to a three-month period between September 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022. Cycle 2 will open on March 1, 2022, with a deadline of April 1, 2022. Funds may be requested for emergency expenses for up to a three-month period between December 1, 2021, and July 31, 2022. A third cycle will be offered before June 2022.The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new grant program called Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants. The program will initially provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers who have experienced dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including lack or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine/healthcare, utilities, and food. It will award a total of $300,000 over the course of three award cycles that will run through Spring 2022.Apply Here
Virtual Performance Grant Opportunity
USArtists InternationalUSArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at impactful international festivals and performing arts marketplaces outside the United States and its territories. The program supports the engagements of exemplary solo artists and ensembles across all performing arts disciplines including dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary work, and folk/traditional arts.

USArtists International is designed to encourage the presence of U.S. performing artists on international stages and in the global arts community; to support engagements that develop and expand both the careers and artistic goals of U.S. performers by providing connections with presenters, curators, and fellow artists; and to promote justice in the arts community by elevating the diverse voices contributing to the vibrant array of creative expression in the United States.

USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 toward eligible expenses
Apply Here
Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program: Local SystemsThe Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture ProgramThe Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program is currently accepting letters of inquiry through the Increase Creative Capacity to Shape Healthier Neighborhoods focus area. The emphasis is on Creative Placemaking activities in neighborhoods and field building efforts that seek to position culture and creativity as drivers of more just communities. Through this focus area the Foundation will support arts and community development organizations that advance innovative approaches to community development that lead to inclusionary practices and policies, and use creative strategies to foster residents’ agency, social cohesion, and narrative change.
New England Foundation for the Arts: DanceNew England Foundation for the ArtsNew England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) plays a leadership role in contemporary dance through grantmaking and other programs that support and sustain a vibrant national ecology for dancemakers and presenters. Click here to see a listing of NEFA’s grants specifically for dance.Apply Here
The Sunderland FoundationThe Sunderland FoundationThe Sunderland Foundation primarily supports nonprofit organizations in Arkansas, western Iowa, Kansas, western Missouri, and Nebraska. Currently, the Foundation’s main areas of interest include higher education, youth services, arts and culture, and healthcare and hospitals. The focus is on funding bricks and mortar projects such as building construction, renovation, repairs, and restoration. Grant requests are accepted throughout the year and reviewed quarterly. Application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.
Communities GrantThe Wachovia Wells Fargo FoundationThe mission of The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation is to build strong and vibrant communities, improve the quality of life, and make a positive difference in locations served by the bank throughout the United States.

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General Resources for Funding

State Arts Agencies

Many state arts agencies that have special grant categories designed to support career/professional development or travel for conferences. Find a list of regional arts organizations and state arts agencies here.

Chronicle of Philanthropy
News for not-for-profit organizations on grant seeking, foundations, fundraising, managing not-for-profit groups, technology, and not-for-profit jobs.

USA.gov
USA.gov provides links to grants, not-for-profit registration and tax information, and other topics.

Candid 
Comprehensive source for information on nonprofits, foundations, and grants. This includes Guidestar, a searchable database of 1.8 million IRS-recognized tax-exempt organizations.

Philanthropy News Digest 
A daily news service of Candid, is a compendium of philanthropy-related articles and features, including RFPs and jobs, pulled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide.

The Grantmanship Center 
Organization which provides grant information and grantsmanship training and resources.

Regional Associations of Grantmakers
Browse a list of regional associations via the Council on Foundations.

* postings updated as of September 15, 2021

Please note: Listings on this website (danceusa.org) are all user generated. The inclusion of content by any user does not constitute an endorsement by Dance/USA of that individual or organization’s views. Please email Dance/USA’s Membership Department if you have any questions or would like to flag a listing. Dance/USA reserves the right to remove a posting at any time.