Ameriprise Financial: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW: Ameriprise Financial commits to grantmaking that creates “positive change” in communities across the U.S. This includes not only meeting “basic needs” but also supporting “community vitality.”

IP TAKE: Ameriprise Financial’s philanthropy prioritizes opportunities that support and improve U.S. communities. Performing arts funding, including that for dance, is a well-regarded aspect of this giving because of the importance the corporation places on cultural enrichment.

PROFILE: Founded in 1894, Ameriprise Financial, the U.S. financial services company, seeks to “create brilliant moments in [its] communities and help people thrive” by giving back to the communities in which it operates, or as it states on its website, “where we live and work.” Ameriprise Financial views the arts as an integral aspect of bettering a community.

Ameriprise Financial’s community betterment has two principle areas of focus: Meeting Basic Needs and Supporting Community Vitality. The latter, Community Vitality, features two program areas: Community Development and Cultural Enrichment. Within Cultural Enrichment, which is where dance resides, Ameriprise Financial prioritizes: Arts education, Access for underserved populations, and “Diverse artists and performances that spark topical community conversations.”

Ameriprise imposes geographic restrictions on its grantmaking: the best bet for grant seekers looking for a grant from Ameriprise Financial is to create music experiences within 30 miles of Boston, Chicago, Green Bay (WI), Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Portland (OR), or Providence (RI). While the foundation funds grants to organizations beyond these areas, applicants must create a project that aligns with Ameriprise Financial’s arts-giving mission in order to secure such funding. Past dance grantees include Ballet Metropolitan (Columbus, OH), Ballet Works (Minneapolis), Complexions Contemporary Ballet (New York), and the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts (Minneapolis). Ameriprise does not support performances, festivals, exhibits, or individual artists.

Additionally, grant seekers should remember that Ameriprise Financial prioritizes “applications where there is active volunteer engagement of Ameriprise advisors and employees.” Ameriprise Financial grant application deadlines are mid-January and mid-May of each year. Grant seekers can contact Ameriprise with questions at communityrelations@ampf.com.

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