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Grants to USA Professional Dancers for Support in Facing
Financial Challenges Caused by the COVID-19 Health Crisis

Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants

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New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Deadline Date:

05/20/22 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories professional dancers for support in facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Eligible uses of funding include expenses related to food, housing, medical, transportation, and other essential needs. The program is open to applicants demonstrating an urgent and critical need for emergency support.

This program provides one-time grants to professional dancers in need, who are in dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Dire financial emergencies“ include the lack of or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine/healthcare, utilities, and food. If you were displaced due to COVID-19, expenses to enable you to return to your working home base are eligible. You must demonstrate an urgent and critical need for emergency support in your application.

Applicants can request funding for eligible expenses for up to a three-month period, ranging from four months before the grant deadline through four months after the grant deadline. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Housing (deposits, rent, utilities)
  • Medical/dental/vision insurance premiums
  • Medical/dental/vision/mental health care
  • Food
  • Transportation (car payments, insurance, ride shares/taxis, mass transit)
  • Other essential expenses which you can specify

While housing and utilities expenses may be requested for your general household, other eligible expenses may only be requested for your own individual purposes. Expenses can be already paid; can be owed; or can be coming up in the near future. 

For more information on eligible expenses, see https://www.nyfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/RDEG-Cycle-1-FAQs-11-9-21.pdf#page=2.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199210

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$100,000

Number of Grants:

An estimated 20 grants, will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

- Cycle 1: Funds may be requested for emergency expenses for up to a three-month period between September 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022.
- Cycle 2: Funds may be requested for emergency expenses for up to a three-month period between December 1, 2021 and July 31, 2022.
- Cycle 3: Funds may be requested for emergency expenses for up to a three-month period between January 1 and September 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program provides one-time grants to professional dancers in need, who are in dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be eligible for a Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grant, you must:
- Demonstrate recent and sustained activity as a professional dancer (in any stage/performance style, including aerial, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, modern, tap, and traditional/folk) over the last 3-4 years in public-facing performances. Inactivity, or online/streaming activity, during COVID is allowable. Self-produced online presentation and/or performances shared solely through Instagram or Facebook are not eligible. Your resume/bio should include: Title/production/event, company (if applicable), your position/role, location, and date(s) for each engagement.
- Live in one of the 50 states, a Tribal Nation, a U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia on the grant deadline
- Be 21 years of age or older on the grant deadline
- Have adjusted gross annual income of $75,000 or lower for an individual, or $150,000 for joint filers, averaged over the last two federal tax returns
- Provide a W-9 with a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or EIN if you are -funded
- Not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program
- Request expenses that have been/will be incurred in the U.S.

Ineligible expenses include, but are not limited to:
- Mortgage payments
- Expenses related to other family members – e.g. food, healthcare, child/parent-care
- Non-essential expenses
- Cable television expenses
- Dine-in restaurant expenses

Pre-Application Information:

Cycle 1: Deadline of January 7, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST. Funds may be requested for emergency expenses for up to a three-month period between September 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022.

Cycle 2: Opens on March 1, 2022 at 10:00 AM EST with a deadline of April 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT. Funds may be requested for emergency expenses for up to a three-month period between December 1, 2021 and July 31, 2022.

Cycle 3: Opens on April 14, 2022, with a deadline of May 20, for emergency expenses between January 1 and September 30, 2022.

Applicants may not receive more than one RDEG grant in a lifetime.

Eligibility and Application Requirements: https://www.nyfa.org/awards-grants/rauschenberg-dancer-emergency-grants/eligibility-and-application-requirements/
FAQs: https://www.nyfa.org/awards-grants/rauschenberg-dancer-emergency-grants/faqs/

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://apply.nyfa.org/submit/e1722707-d2fa-4edd-8396-c6e2e92ba10a/rauschenberg-dancer-emergency-grants-cycle-3/eligibility

For questions or assistance with the application, please contact the grants administrator at emergencyfunds@nyfa.org or 212-366-6900, ext. 239.

New York Foundation for the Arts
20 Jay Street, Suite 740
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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