Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants

New York Foundation for the Arts

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Next deadline: Jan 7, 2022 8:59pm PST

Later deadlines: Apr 1, 2022 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Dance

Applicant type: Artist

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: United States, American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands Show all

Location of residency: United States, American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands Show all

Age restriction: At least 21 years of age


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Overview:

NOTE: Cycle 1 is now open and Cycle 2 will open in a little bit.

What We Do

NYFA was established in 1971 to serve individual artists throughout New York State. Since then, we have extended our programs and services throughout the United States and internationally and expanded our scope to serve additional members of the arts community.

Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to partner with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants, a new emergency grant program for professional dancers. Robert Rauschenberg was committed to assisting fellow artists in need of emergency aid, ultimately establishing the nonprofit foundation Change, Inc. in 1970. Recognizing the particularly extreme impact the pandemic has had on dancers, the Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants have been created.

This program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers in need, who are in dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Dire financial emergencies“ include the lack 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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • This program is intended for dancers who have lost live performing engagements/opportunities for public audiences.
  • This program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers in need, who have a dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • You must demonstrate an urgent and critical need for emergency support in order to apply.
    • Professional = You have recent and sustained activity as a paid 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.
  • To be eligible for a Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grant, you must:
    • 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
    • Request expenses that have been/will be incurred in the U.S.
  • You 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):
        • Monthly electric, gas, internet, and cellphone expenses, and purchases of home heating fuel.
      • Medical/dental/vision insurance premiums
      • Medical/dental/vision/mental health care:
        • Expenses for glasses, contacts, or hearing aids may be requested if the item was purchased during the time period covered in the application.
      • Food:
        • Purchases of groceries and prepared food for the individual dance applicant only.
      • Transportation (car payments, insurance, ride shares/taxis, mass transit):
        • Vehicle payments, vehicle insurance, fuel, rideshares/taxis, and mass transit.
        • Airfare may be requested only for expenses to return to your home base if you were displaced due to COVID-19.
      • Other essential expenses which you can specify:
        • You must describe the essential nature of any additional types of expenses, and describe/itemize the expense.
  • 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.
      • If you receive a grant, you will be required to certify your use of the funds for the expenses itemized in your application, and provide copies of your tax returns for the last two years you have filed.
  • To be eligible to apply, your average adjusted gross income for the last two years you’ve filed tax returns must be no greater than $75,000 ($150,000 for joint filers).
  • Your resume/bio should include: Title/production/event, company (if applicable), your position/role, location, and date(s) for each engagement.
  • If you are not awarded funding, and you still meet the eligibility criteria for a future cycle, you may re-apply.
    • You may not receive more than one RDEG grant in a lifetime.

Ineligibility:

  • Performances in competitive settings, K-12 educational settings, social dance, commercial settings (exotic dance, commercials, industrials, etc.) are not eligible.
  • Ineligible expenses include, but are not limited to:
    • Mortgage payments, mortgage insurance, and property/liability insurance
    • Expenses related to other family members – e.g. food, healthcare, child/parent-care
    • Non-essential expenses
    • Cable television expenses are not eligible.
    • Dine-in restaurant expenses are not eligible.
  • Self-produced online presentation and/or performances shared solely through Instagram or Facebook are not eligible.
  • You cannot be enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
  • Expenses cannot be for any other member of the applicant's family/domestic partner.

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This page was last reviewed November 18, 2021 and last updated November 18, 2021