OVERVIEW: The Dizzy Feet Foundation awards grants to groups offering dance education programs that mainly benefit students from low-income families.
IP TAKE: Dizzy Feet is very approachable, but it does have eligibility restrictions. Grantseekers should review those criteria closely before applying for a grant.
PROFILE: In 2009, producer Nigel Lythgoe and director Adam Shankman—who are also choreographers—created the Dizzy Feet Foundation with a number of goals in mind. Among those goals are increasing access to dance education, supporting high-quality dance education, and increasing appreciation for dance.
Dizzy Feet awards grants to community organizations and nonprofits that provide dance education programs and projects that benefit children in low-income communities. The foundation also offers scholarships to students studying dance at accredited or nationally recognized organizations, and supports professional development programs for dance educators.
Grants of up to $20,000 are awarded to eligible nonprofits serving at least 300 students per year, of which 80 percent must be low-income students and 25 percent must be boys. Grantseekers should go over the foundation’s selection criteria to ensure eligibility.
Dizzy Feet accepts unsolicited grant applications in June. Exact deadlines are subject to change. Check the foundation website for updates.
- Danae Rees, Executive Director