COVID-19 Dance Relief Fund

UPDATE: The application for freelance dance workers seeking funding for the month of May is now open and will close on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Applications for dance making organizations closed on April 22, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

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Dance/NYC continues to advocate on behalf of the New York City metropolitan dance community, and fundraising for the Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund continues. If you or anyone you know is interested in donating to this fund please visit Dance.NYC/about/donate.

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Call for Proposals


Dance/NYC invites metropolitan New York City area and New Jersey freelance dance workers and dance making organizations to submit applications for awards through the COVID-19 Dance Relief Fund. Made possible by the generous support of the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Arnhold Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the GKV Foundation, and the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the purpose of the funding initiative is to mitigate the growing impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak on individual freelance dance workers and dance making organizations based in the metropolitan New York City area and New Jersey state, particularly financial losses incurred due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the social restriction measures implemented to contain the spread of the virus. The Fund will prioritize supporting communities most impacted by COVID-19 including African, Latina/o/x, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA), disabled, immigrant, and women-identifying artists, as well as those at high risk including elderly and immunosuppressed artists.

For application details and proposal specifications, please visit the page associated with the type of funding you are seeking, Freelance Dance Workers or Dance Making Organizations. Interested applicants who are eligible as both a freelance dance worker and a dance making organization may apply for both areas of funding. Current and past grantee individuals and organizations of Dance/NYC’s regranting programs, as well as direct recipients of Howard Gilman Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Arnhold Foundation, Ford Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, GKV Foundation, and/or Harkness Foundation for Dance grants, and individuals and organizations who have not previously been funded by Dance/NYC are encouraged to apply. 

General Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund information, including deadlines and applicant support, can be found below.




Call for proposals release March 23, 2020
Freelance dance worker submission

- March applications open March 24, 2020 and close March 29, 2020
- April applications open April 10, 2020 and close April 15, 2020

- May applications open May 8, 2020 and close May 13, 2020
- June applications open June 5, 2020 and close June 10, 2020

Freelance dance worker grant disbursement

-March grant disbursement notifications by 11:59PM EST on April 13, 2020
-April grant disbursement notifications by 11:59PM EST on April 24, 2020

-May grant disbursement notifications by 11:59PM EST on May 22, 2020 
-June grant disbursement notifications by 11:59PM EST on June 19, 2020

Deadline for organization submission April 22, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST
Organization grant disbursement May 2020
Final grantee report due July 2020




Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page at Dance.NYC/CoronavirusDanceReliefFundFAQ. Applicants may also submit questions not already addressed on the FAQ page by e-mail: Please only send questions to this e-mail account. As appropriate, Dance/NYC’s responses to questions received will be added to the FAQ page.


About Dance/NYC (Dance.NYC)
Dance/NYC’s mission is to promote the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It embeds values of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the organization. It works in alliance with Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance.



About the Howard Gilman Foundation
Howard Gilman believed in the power of the arts to transform lives. The Howard Gilman Foundation honors his legacy by supporting the most robust, innovative, and promising performing arts organizations in New York City.

About the Mertz Gilmore Foundation
The Mertz Gilmore Foundation was founded in 1959, and honors the legacy of its founders by remaining consistent to their value and priorities while also adapting to respond to present-day crises and opportunities. In all areas of its funding, the Foundation supports the voices of marginalized people and their allies in seeking racial, economic, environmental, and gender justice as crucial components of maintaining vibrant communities and a sustainable environment. The Foundation uses a variety of philanthropic strategies to strengthen civic and cultural institutions in underserved communities of New York City, address the climate crisis and build a democracy that works for all.

About the Arnhold Foundation
The Arnhold Foundation was founded in 1988 and is the philanthropic legacy of Henry Arnhold. The foundation supports performing arts, higher education, international affairs and health, prioritizing institutions operating in the greater New York area. The foundation's dance grantmaking supports a range of dance organizations in addition to supporting dance education, advocacy and programs.

About the Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation was founded in 1936, and has invested in innovative ideas, visionary individuals, and frontline institutions advancing human dignity around the world across eight decades. We believe in the inherent dignity of all people. But around the world, too many people are excluded from the political, economic, and social institutions that shape their lives. In addressing this reality, we are guided by a vision of social justice—a world in which all individuals, communities, and peoples work toward the protection and full expression of their human rights; are active participants in the decisions that affect them; share equitably in the knowledge, wealth, and resources of society; and are free to achieve their full potential. Across eight decades, our mission has been to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.

About the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust
A collaborative fund, the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust was created to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the effects of the coronavirus. Providing grants and loans to NYC-based nonprofits trying to meet the new and urgent needs that are hitting the city, priority is given to nonprofits addressing essential healthcare and food insecurity as well as arts and culture because New York is the cultural capital of the nation. Since 1924, The Trust has been and continues to be a critical part of New York’s philanthropic response. It co-created the September 11th Fund after the attack on the World Trade Center, and has worked on issues affecting New Yorkers for decades.

About the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is one of the world’s leading private, international philanthropic organizations, making grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. SNF funds organizations and projects worldwide that aim to achieve a broad, lasting, and positive impact for greater society, and exhibit strong leadership and sound management. The Foundation also supports projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare. Since 1996, the Foundation has committed more than $3 billion through over 4,600 grants to nonprofit organizations, in 126 nations around the world.

About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation was founded in 1996 and is guided by the will of Doris Duke. The Foundation supports four national grant-making programs and three museums and centers on properties that were owned by Doris Duke. Its mission is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties.

About the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation is a private foundation based in Morristown, New Jersey. Established in 1974, the Foundation supports arts, education, environment, informed communities, and poetry to connect communities and influence social change to achieve an equitable New Jersey.

About the Jerome Robbins Foundation
Jerome Robbins established the Jerome Robbins Foundation in 1958, in honor of his mother, with the intent to support dance, theater, and their associative arts. In the 1980’s, following the outbreak of AIDS, he directed Foundation resources almost exclusively to the AIDS crisis and still later, in letters left to the board, he conveyed his wish that the Foundation once again extend its resources to the performing arts – dance and theater especially.

About the GKV Foundation
The GKV Foundation’s core belief is that smartly guided exposure to the arts will positively impact an individual’s intellectual and social skills and ultimately contribute to improving our global home. They want to encourage and will take a chance on new, yet-to-be-tested initiatives based on a broad range of artistic expressions. The goal is that with GKV first-year funding enough measurable results will be achieved to attract sustaining funding from other sources.

About the Harkness Foundation for Dance
The Harkness Foundation for Dance is a private grant-making foundation dedicated to invigorating and supporting the dance art form, predominantly in New York City. Since its inception the Foundation has contributed significantly to the dance field, extending grants to over 560 organizations. The Harkness Board of Trustees meets three times annually to consider proposals.



About Dance New Jersey
Dance New Jersey is a service organization committed to advocating the excellence of dance and dance education in the state. Founded in 1998 by several leading professional dance companies, DanceNJ remains dedicated to addressing the needs of New Jersey's vibrant and diverse dance community. In 2002, the founding members of DanceNJ began a major planning effort, which led to the expansion of the organization and its mission to include the entire community of dance professionals and organizations. In April 2004, DanceNJ was granted state affiliate status to the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), a link that further united NJ's professional dance community and dance education community. Since then, DanceNJ has been the conduit for dance educators in the state to communicate, network, create, and provide support for existing and new Dance Education programming. In service to its mission, DanceNJ seeks to: build a supportive and effective statewide network serving the needs of dance individuals and organizations throughout NJ; to provide professional development through programs and services for the dance community at large; to promote and advocate for excellence in dance performance, creation and education; to make dance accessible to all populations across the state; to build the capacity and public awareness of DanceNJ as an information hub for New Jersey dance.

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