The funding structure for Round Three represents a shift from past rounds of EDA.
EDA is supporting existing, rather than new, engagement programs. By investing in audience engagement practices that have shown success or promise, Dance/USA encouraged applicants to shift from having to develop brand new programs to focusing on how to improve the programs that they are running. There are two ways in which applicants could sustain programs. 1) Because they were not required to design a brand new program, applicants could turn their attention to the audiences that experience their programs and how to enhance that experience. 2) In order to broaden the reach and impact of its funding, and better share its resources with the field, support went to projects proposed by organizations that have a track record of engaging dance audiences that have been historically underrepresented in the EDA grantee pool. See the Round Three Overview and Guidelines to learn more. By dedicating a portion of the funding available to both options, Dance/USA reached a wider range of organizations, projects, and artists, and ultimately a wider range of audiences.
More organizations were eligible to apply, beyond the membership. Organizations beyond Dance/USA’s current membership that have developed successful or promising audience engagement programs are now eligible to apply. EDA accepted applications from fiscally-sponsored dance groups with budgets of at least $150,000, administrative staff and a three-year track record. See the graph below, which shows the distribution of grantees by budget size. All grantees must remain or become
members for the grant period of summer 2015-summer 2016. Limited financial
assistance was available to cover dues for new members for the grant period.
The application process was simplified. The application process reflected the above changes. An initial letter of inquiry phase streamlined the process and involved less of applicants’ time. The full application was necessary only for those applicants who were invited to apply.
Services to grantees are expanded. Finally, as a national service organization seeking to advance the professional dance field, during the grant period free, optional technical assistance will be provided to the grantees in the areas of audience engagement, project management, budgeting, evaluation and/or audience research.
Return to EDA Round Three Overview and Guidelines