Grants and Financial Aid
FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR DANCE ARTISTS ARE OUT THERE...
…and we are committed to helping you connect with them. Support comes in so many forms, and this list is just getting started. Featured below are just a few financial resources. We will continue to do our best to find more, create more, and keep you connecting with new sources as they are discovered.
Indiana Arts Commision Grants
Individual Advancement Program (IAP) provides support (up to $2,000) to Indiana artists for career development projects. Find more information here.
Grants provide funding (up to $5,000) to Indiana 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public entities for a specific arts project or arts activity(ies). Find more information here.
Indy Arts Council Grants
A one-year fellowship for local emerging artists to jumpstart their career.
Award Amount: $3,500. Find more information here.
Regional and National Organizations
This site has a variety of career counseling resources, scholarships, and grants. Find more information here.
This is a platform that connects creative artists with fans in order to share the creative process and fund the creation of new artistic works. Find more information here.
This site includes public art commissions, art competitions, jobs, internships, scholarships, grants, fellowships, residencies, festivals, calls for entries, proposals, projects, and other opportunities, in all disciplines. It is for students, teachers, and artists of all ages, skill levels, and disciplines, everywhere. Find more information here.
This is a full-year ballet tuition for young dancers and is only available to young girls aged 4-8. We know that the journey to Principal Ballerina begins with their very first class, and we hope that we can help spark the interest of a young girl who will one day lead a company. Applicants do not have to be currently enrolled in a dance program but must be prepared to enroll upon receipt of funds. Find more information here.
This program is designed to increase access to and opportunity for education, travel, and professional tools for small dance programs and dancers of all ages year-round. Award amounts are currently up to $1500.00. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly by a panel of jurors. You may apply at any time throughout the year. There are no deadlines or application periods!! Find more information here.
This group offers career counseling; scholarships for dancers, workshops, resources and other services. Find more information here.
The CICF Artist Ambassadors Travel Grant Program intends to provide Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), artists from the LBGTQ+ community, and artists with disabilities in Central Indiana with flexible funding to travel within North America to pursue opportunities that would expand or strengthen their creative practice. CICF’s Artist Ambassadors agree that dedicated time and space to visit and experience communities outside of Central Indiana is essential for any artist looking to expand their creative mind, gain access to new resources, make new connections and find additional inspiration. Find more info here.
Creative Capital provides grants to support the creation of groundbreaking art by innovative and adventurous artists across the country. Now accepting for 2023/24 Cycle. Awardees receive direct project funding in varying amounts up to $50,000, advisory services, and a community of fellow awardees and other professionals who may provide additional support for the project. Get more info here.
This site has great resources and lists opportunities available nationally. It also lists funding sources that are updated weekly. Find more information here.
The Daphne Lee Artistic Legacy Award is for full-time students in university or college, pursuing a degree in the performing arts. This scholarship is need based and will be valued up to $3,500. Find more info here.
This is a database of available grants to individuals but is also a resource for individual and nonprofit grant seekers. It has both classroom and online training courses, and a wealth of knowledge in other areas such as foundations, fundraising and proposal writing. Find more information here.
This is awarded to female dancers of color ages 6-16 who have registered for a year-long dance program. This program recognizes young dancers who are changemakers in their school or community who would not otherwise be able to dance without financial assistance.
Priority is given to applicants who demonstrate financial need; however, we invite all who qualify to apply. This scholarship is intended to cover tuition and/or additional costs associated with dance needs. Find more information here.
While many of their resources are for NYC based artist, the Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants – are open to all. Find more information here.
They give grants of up to $5,000 to National Partner organizations, supporting artist fees for newly commissioned and touring works, focusing on those that address issues of racial or cultural justice; prioritize meaningful engagement between communities, artists, and presenters; and result in a live public exchange. Find more information here.