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NYC Dance Grant

Grants to New York City Organizations that Promote
Contemporary Dance for Operating Support and Advocacy

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Foundation / Corporation

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Mertz Gilmore Foundation

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Grants to New York City, New York nonprofit organizations that present contemporary dance throughout the City's five boroughs. Funding is mainly intended for general operating support for small to mid-sized dance companies or organizations in the City that present contemporary dance (exclusively or as a part of multi-disciplinary programs).

Funding will be provided for requests that fall into one of two categories:

I. Presenters:

The Foundation provides general operating support for presenters of small to mid-sized dance companies in New York City. A presenter is an organization, or department or program of a larger organization, that facilitates exchanges between New York City’s artists and audiences through creative performance opportunities. Grants are available only to groups that present contemporary dance (exclusively or as a part of multi-disciplinary programs).

II. Advocacy/Support Services:

On a limited basis and for opportunities that meet strategic concerns of the Foundation, organizations may submit proposals for discrete advocacy/support services projects to advance the dance field by improving conditions for individual dance artists. Prior to submitting a letter of inquiry, grantseekers in this category are encouraged to contact Leah Krauss to discuss the nature of the proposed project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176948

Term of Contract:

Grant terms for presenters will generally be two years in length.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be nonprofit organizations as classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

To qualify for a grant in the Presenters category, applicants must demonstrate the following:

- A current and continuous three-year history of presenting high quality contemporary dance.

- A substantial annual budget dedicated to dance. The dance budget should include annual expenses related to dance presentations; residency and commissioning programs; technical assistance services to dance artists; and rehearsal space and time. The dance budget should not include expenses related to fiscal sponsorships; dance schools/conservatories; or school-based arts education programs.

- Sound organizational financial capacity and stable management, documented by the organization’s most recent audit and operating budget.

- Ongoing performance activity (with multiple dance presentations each year).

- Efforts to increase and diversify the audience for dance.

The Foundation does not accept proposals for:

- Individuals
- Endowments, annual fund appeals or fundraising events
- Conferences, workshops
- Sectarian religious concerns
- Scholarships, fellowships, research, loans, or travel
- Film or media projects
- Publications

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of inquiry for the upcoming spring 2018 grant cycle are due by Friday, January 19, 2018. Final funding decisions will be made by the Board in April.

Please note: Advocacy/Support Services applicants should contact Leah Krauss prior to submitting a letter of inquiry.

To apply, please email a three-page letter of inquiry (not a full proposal) to Leah Krauss to help staff determine the possible fit with the Foundation’s criteria and program priorities. Please include a detailed budget of your dance program.

Please do not submit videos, DVDs/CDs, press clippings, books, or other materials unless they are requested.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the LOI to Leah Krauss at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York