Dance/NYC Announces Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund: New York State Edition

Dance/NYC Announces Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund: New York State Edition

The service organization Dance/NYC is pleased to announce its Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund: New York State Edition, made possible by the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). The purpose of this Fund is to continue Dance/NYC’s existing relief efforts and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on individual dance makers and small-budget dance making organizations and groups with budgets between $10,000 and $250,000 based in New York State. The Fund will prioritize individual dance makers and small-budget organizations and groups living outside of the New York City metropolitan area and offer unrestricted relief to those that have incurred financial losses due to COVID-19.

This Fund is an extension of Dance/NYC’s Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund, which was created in 2020 to mitigate the growing impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on individual freelance dance workers and small-budget organizations based in the metropolitan New York City area and New Jersey. The 2020 Fund prioritized supporting communities most impacted by COVID-19, as well as those at high risk including elderly and immunosuppressed dance workers. In total, the 2020 Fund provided 1,082 awards to 734 unique freelance individuals and relief grants to 125 different organizations totaling $1,000,500 across the grant period. 

Similar to the 2020 Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund, the Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund: New York State Edition will be disbursed through a two-tier funding model, allowing for the allocation of funds to be responsive to the unique needs of individual dance makers and organizations/groups, whose income is reliant primarily on in-person activities and who often have less access to unemployment protection, savings and/or cash reserves, and multiple sources of funding. 

Through the first tier of support (Tier I), selected individual dance makers (choreographers and individual dancers) will receive one-time grant awards of $1,500. Dance/NYC anticipates awarding up to 100 grants through Tier I, totaling $150,000 based on need. The second tier of support (Tier II) will award one-time grants between $2,500-$5,000 to approximately 45-60 dance making organizations and/or fiscally sponsored groups with budgets between $10,000 and $250,000, totaling $238,572.

Individual dance makers and dance making organizations will have the opportunity to apply for funds through an online application form, with criteria specific to each funding tier, allowing Dance/NYC to remain adaptive to the specific needs of each impacted group.

The application for Tier I for individual dance makers will open on March 30, 2022, and is expected to close on April 20, 2022, though it may close sooner if more than 1500 applications are received prior to this date. The application for Tier II for organizations and groups will open on April 6, 2022 and will close on May 4, 2022. Individuals and organizations headquartered in the metropolitan NYC area are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to individuals and organizations that are based in counties outside of the five boroughs of NYC.

“Dance/NYC understands the serious impact COVID-19 continues to have on the dance community,” says Executive Director Alejandra Duque Cifuentes. “Our goal is to provide resources to the dance community so they can recover. We are grateful for NYSCA’s partnership, which helps us expand our reach and extend support to dance artists and groups located throughout New York State.”

Visit for details on Dance/NYC’s Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund: New York State Edition and the open call for proposals.

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