Robert Rauschenberg Foundation: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW: The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation awards grants to small- and mid-sized visual arts groups and projects.

IP TAKE: Rauschenberg prioritizes giving to smaller organizations, rather than large NGOs making it an excellent resource for local dance companies.

PROFILE: Artist Robert Rauschenberg established the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 1990 to foster both his philanthropic and artistic legacies. Its grant programs “aspires to a vibrant, equitable, and sustainable world through the power of creative problem solving.” The foundation supports five grantmaking programs: Art + Education, Art + Environment, Artist as Activist, Regional grants, and Seed

Rauschenberg predominately supports dance-related grantmaking through its SEED grantmaking program. According to the foundation, SEED “is a combination of risk capital and value added support to early stage, groundbreaking projects.” Grants are awarded to small- to mid-sized arts organizations in their early operational stages. In this area, Rauschenberg seeks to help new groups expand and build capacity. While grant amounts can vary widely, most fall in the $10,000 to $50,000 range. 

In the past, Rauschenberg has awarded grants to the Offcenter Dance, located in Bosie, Idaho, and Morrison Dance, located in Cleveland, Ohio. For a broader sense of the kind of work supported by the foundation, explore its SEED grants page. Grants are limited to visual arts organizations located in select cities across the United States. 

Rauschenberg awards grants via open requests for proposals (RFPs) and by invitation only. RFPs often feature specific themes or subject. As a result, grantseekers should research the foundation’s website prior to submitting their proposal. Grants made by invitation only are awarded at the foundation’s discretion.

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