Shubert Foundation: Dance Grants

The Shubert Foundation

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Predicted deadline: Oct 18, 2024 3:00pm PDT

Grant amount: More than US $15,000

Fields of work: Dance

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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The Shubert Foundation is the nation’s largest funder dedicated to unrestricted funding of not for-profit theatres and dance companies.

Grant Programs: Dance

Support of US-based, not-for-profit, professional dance companies is a secondary focus of Shubert Foundation grantmaking and is therefore more limited.

Dance companies are evaluated individually and with appropriate allowance for size and resources. The standard for awarding these grants is based on an assessment of each organization's operation and its contribution to the field. Artistic activity, service to community, and fiscal responsibility are factored into each evaluation, as is the company's development of new work. Emphasis is placed upon a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Funding Criteria

  • Record of artistic activity
  • Impact of the organization’s programs
  • Record of developing and producing new work
  • Demonstrated commitment to underserved audiences and/or underrepresented voices
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Ability to generate both earned and contributed income
  • Other significant contributions to the field

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


  • Grants are awarded exclusively to US organizations, which must have current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and must submit current financial statements in order to be eligible for funding.
  • The Foundation provides grants only to organizations that have an established track record as well as a history of fiscal responsibility.
  • The Foundation exclusively provides general operating support.
  • Dance Company Requirements
    • Because support for Dance companies is a secondary focus of The Shubert Foundation, funding in this category is inherently more limited.
    • Please note the following requirements for Dance organizations:
      • A minimum of 8 dancers must be employed for at least 10 salaried weeks of rehearsals and performance.
      • Dance companies must present a minimum of 10 professional performances annually.
      • Organizations must have annual operating expenses of $500,000 or higher (not including in-kind support).


  • Non-professional community dance organizations are not eligible for funding.
  • Funds are not provided for project support, nor allocated for capital or endowment campaigns, nor to individuals or conduit organizations.
  • The Shubert Foundation does not support dance education, schools, or studios outside of New York City. We do not plan to expand our focus to support these organizations in the foreseeable future.

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This page was last reviewed August 24, 2023 and last updated August 24, 2023