Grants

GRANTS FOR ARTS PROJECTS Guidelines: Dance

The National Endowment for the Arts advances the nation's full range of dance artistry to further artistic development, exploration, and dialogue between artists and the public. The National Endowment for the Arts supports all forms of professional dance by funding dance companies, including physically integrated and disabled dance companies, presenters, service organizations, festivals, and more. We encourage projects of all sizes by a variety of organizations—from large and small, rural and urban, new and established, that are working to strengthen the field of dance in their communities and throughout the country. Projects can be at any stage of the artistic process including creation, commissioning, presentation, touring, training, residencies, and access to the arts. The National Endowment for the Arts encourages projects that document and preserve choreography, performance, and other aspects of dance history and heritage. Dance projects funded by the Arts Endowment represent a multiplicity of forms, styles, techniques, and histories that stem from all over the world and include many different styles -- such as but not limited to aerial, African diasporic dance forms, ballet, , Bharatanatyam, butoh, capoeira, dance film, dance theater, folkloric, hip-hop, jazz, Kathak, Kuchipudi, modern dance, and percussive dance.

While we welcome applications for a variety of artistically excellent projects, we encourage projects that address any of the following activities below:

  • Celebrate America’s creativity and/or 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.
  • In the spirit of White House Executive Orders that encourage federal agencies to engage with typically underserved constituencies, the National Endowment for the Arts encourages applications from:
    • Historically Black Colleges and Universities,
    • Tribal Colleges and Universities,
    • American Indian and Alaska Native tribes,
    • African American Serving Institutions,
    • Hispanic Serving Institutions,
    • Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and
    • Organizations that support the independence and lifelong inclusion of people with disabilities.

Cost share/matching grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000.

If your project is developed and managed by local government, see the Local Arts Agencies description to help you in your discipline selection.

Projects

Grants for Arts Projects 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 Grants for Arts Projects category.

First Grants for Arts Projects Deadline:

Part 1 - Submit to Grants.gov February 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal February 18-25, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection November 2020
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance January 1, 2021

Note: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, finalize your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least January 22, 2020 and submit to Grants.gov by at least February 4, 2020.

Second Grants for Arts Projects Deadline:

Part 1 - Submit to Grants.gov July 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
Prepare application material so that it’s ready to upload when the Applicant Portal opens
Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal July 14-21, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection April 2021
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance June 1, 2021

Note: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, finalize your Grants.gov/SAM registration by at least June 17, 2020 and submit to Grants.gov by at least June 30, 2020.

Project Types

Eligible project types for dance include the following:

Creation, development, or restaging of new, existing, or historically significant works

  • Residencies that primarily support artistic research and/or creation of new works and technical/production residencies leading up to a premiere, presentation, or tour. Residencies may include individual dance artists, dance companies, collaborations/collectives, and cohorts.
  • The restaging and rehearsal of repertory, including works of historical significance.
  • Commissioning and development of new dance works, including dance films and works that use technology, media, or involve community engagement in the creation of the work.

Presentation and Touring:

  • Performances at home, and local, regional, and national presentations and tours.
  • The presentation of dance artists, companies, and/or dance films, as part of a presentation season, special public event, or festival.
  • Touring and performance activities that intentionally engage youth, students, or specific communities including but not limited to those identified above (If your project is for youth, see "Choosing the Right Discipline for Youth Projects" to help you in your discipline selection.)

Preservation and Archives:

  • Documentation, preservation, and conservation of America's many diverse dance forms, traditions, aesthetics, cultures, techniques, and histories, including creation or development of archival projects. These projects may use technology and media, and should connect with or be made accessible to dance communities and/or the general public.

Professional Development and Services:

  • Projects that advance and/or sustain the creative work of and/or careers for people with disabilities through employment, industry training, technical assistance, organization capacity-building, and infrastructure.
  • Dance publications, including digital or other media that provide resources and information to dance artists or communities.
  • Professional training including classes, guest artist residencies, workshops, and mentorship or leadership development.
  • Services to dancers, choreographers, companies, and administrators. This may include activities such as convening, data collection and evaluation, development and production of marketing and publicity materials or other documentation, information sharing, and technical assistance.

Education and Community Engagement:

  • Dance projects that employ effective methods of engaging audiences, including collaborations with other organizations and the  implementation of new models that have the potential to expand or deepen the impact on artists, audiences, communities or the dance field.
  • Dance education projects including classes, workshops, and other training opportunities that may or may not include performances or other public events or activities. (If your project is for youth, see "Choosing the Right Discipline for Youth Projects" to help you in your discipline selection.)

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

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

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

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 potentially eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (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 outdoor arts festival.
  • 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. Thorough and complete information for all project activities and locations will expedite the review. The Arts Endowment cannot release an award and/or grant funds until the NHPA/NEPA review is complete.

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

Accessibility

Federal regulations require that all National Endowment for the Arts-funded projects be accessible to people with disabilities. Funded activities must be held in a physically 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 detailed information describing how you will make your project physically and programmatically accessible to people with disabilities.