Grants

ART WORKS Guidelines: Dance

American dance is encyclopedic in scope and international in its aesthetic traditions. The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to advancing the nation's full range of dance artistry and to encouraging artistic development, experimentation, and dialogue between artists and the public. The National Endowment for the Arts assists all forms of professional dance by funding dance companies and presenters, service organizations, festivals, convenings, community engagement, education activities, and projects of all sizes. We encourage projects by a variety of organizations and institutions—from large and small, rural and urban, emerging and established. These projects can be for any stage of the artistic process including creation, commissioning, presentations, touring, training, residencies, and access to the arts.  The National Endowment for the Arts also supports the documentation and preservation of choreography and performance, and other aspects of dance history. Dance projects funded by the National Endowment for the Arts represent a multiplicity of forms, styles, techniques, and histories that come from every continent in the world and the many different styles -- ballet, modern dance, jazz, folkloric, tap, hip-hop, African, Indian, and other contemporary forms such as aerial work, physically integrated dance, and site-specific performances -- that are found in the United States.

We encourage applications for artistically excellent projects that address any of the activities below:

  • Honor the 2020 centennial of women’s voting rights in the United States (aka the Women’s Suffrage Centennial).
  • Engage with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Hispanic or Latino organizations; and the Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian arts.
  • Celebrate America’s creativity and cultural heritage.
  • Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.
  • Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.

Projects

Art Works applications will be accepted at two deadlines. All project types (described below) are accepted at both deadlines. Generally, an organization is limited to one application per year in the Art Works category.

First Art Works Deadline:

Part 1 - Submit to Grants.gov February 14, 2019
Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal February 19-26, 2019
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection November 2019
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance January 1, 2020

Note: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, we strongly recommend that you register/renew your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least January 23, 2019 and submit to Grants.gov by at least February 5, 2019.

Second Art Works Deadline:

Part 1 - Submit to Grants.gov July 11, 2019
Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal July 16-23, 2019
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection April 2020
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance June 1, 2020

Note: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, we strongly recommend that you register/renew your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least June 19, 2019 and submit to Grants.gov by at least July 2, 2019.

Project Types

Dance Companies, Presenters, Service Organizations, and other organizations may apply for projects such as, but not limited to:

  • Commissioning and development of dance works, including those that use new models, technology, or new media.
  • Creation and presentation of work that honors the 2020 centennial of women’s voting rights in the United States.
  • Innovative methods of engaging audiences, including collaborations with other organizations, through new models that have the potential to maximize resources and/or the impact on the audience, artists, or the field.
  • The restaging of repertory, including master works of historical significance.
  • Documentation, preservation, and conservation of America's dance heritage, including the use of new models, technology, or new media.
  • Performances at home, and regional and national tours.
  • The presentation of dance companies.
  • Touring and performance activity that emphasizes outreach to underserved communities. (If your project is for youth, see "Choosing the Right Discipline for Youth Projects" to help you in your discipline selection.)
  • Dance festivals.
  • Residencies and choreography workshops for artists.
  • Professional training including classes, guest artist residencies, workshops, and mentorship of dance artists.
  • Services to dancers, choreographers, companies, and administrators. This may include activities such as convening, data collection, information sharing, and technical assistance.

For information on how to apply, see the “To Apply” box on the right.

National Environmental Policy Act and/or the National Historic Preservation Act Review

If you are recommended for a grant, your project may be subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and/or the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Endowment for the Arts will conduct a review of your project to ensure that it is in compliance NEPA/NHPA.

Some of the common project types that garner a NHPA review are:

  • A project involving or occurring near a district, site, building, landscape, structure or object that is 50 years old and therefore eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (please note that in some instances, buildings or structures may be included in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places that are less than 50 years old).
  • The commissioning and installation of temporary or permanent outdoor furnishings such as benches or market structures or art such as a sculpture or mural.
  • An arts festival in a park.
  • Design planning and services for projects that may involve a historic site, structure, or district.

This review and approval process may take up to several months to complete and may delay your project's start date and our ability to make a grant award/our ability to release grant funds. If you are recommended for an award which may have historic preservation or environmental concerns (NHPA/NEPA), you will be notified and asked to provide additional information. Your thorough and complete information for all project activities and locations will expedite the review. The NEA cannot release an award and/or grant funds until the historic preservation and/or environmental review is complete.

To learn more about what questions you will need to answer for the review of a project impacted by the National Environmental Policy Act and/or the National Historic Preservation Act, see here.

Note: Federal regulations require that all NEA-funded projects be accessible to people with disabilities. Funded activities must be held in an accessible venue and program access and effective communication must be provided for participants and audience members with disabilities. If your project is recommended for funding, you will be asked to provide information describing how you will make your project physically and programmatically accessible to people with disabilities.