Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund

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.

Donate to the coronavirus relief fund


UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand, Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund applications for March support to Freelance Dance Workers closed on March 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. EST. The application will reopen on April 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. for freelance dance workers seeking funding for the month of April. Applicants who have begun an application for March support but have not completed it may do so by Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 11:00 p.m. EST. Applicants may access their draft submissions by logging in to Submittable directly.

Applications for dance making organizations are still open, and must be submitted online by April 10, 2020, 6:00 p.m. EST.

Call for Proposals


Dance/NYC invites metropolitan New York City area freelance dance workers and dance making organizations to submit applications for awards through the Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund. Made possible by the generous support of the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Ford 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, 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, Ford 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 now open.

- April Applications open April 10, 2020
- May applications open May 8, 2020

Freelance dance worker grant disbursement Ongoing
March, 2020 - May, 2020
Deadline for organization submission April 10, 2020, 6:00 p.m. EST
Organization grant disbursement May 2020
Final grantee report due July 31, 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 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 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.

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