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

Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants

Location: National
City: New York City, NY
Type: Grant / Fellowship / Award

Deadline: 05/17/2024

Other Criteria:
Open to artists nationally
Paid opportunity


This program provides one-time grants of up to $3,000 to professional dancers in need, who are in dire financial emergency. You must demonstrate an urgent and critical need for emergency support in your application, and live in the United States, the District of Columbia, a Tribal Nation, or a U.S. Territory. This program is made possible through the support of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.


The Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants have been updated, so please read these guidelines fully before deciding whether to apply.

As of July 2023, the Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $3,000 to eligible dancers facing dire financial emergencies, due to the loss or lack of recent/current live performance work, because of circumstances outside of their control. Common circumstances include cancelled performances, cutbacks or cancellations of dance engagement contracts, loss of touring opportunities, and ongoing shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.

“Dire financial emergencies“ include the lack or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine/healthcare, utilities, and food. This grant program aims to provide dancers with greater stability to move forward by covering up to three months of essential expenses, recognizing the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the dance sector.

Please note: the need far outpaces available funds; an application is not a guarantee of a grant. In each cycle we will distribute approximately $68,000 in total funding. Learn more about the review and funding decision-making process at the bottom of this page.

See the full eligibility guidelines to determine if you can apply.