Fordney Foundation: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW: The Fordney Foundation supports children and young adults who wish to dance competitively. The foundation also awards grants to nonprofits that discover and train dancers.

IP TAKE: Fordney doesn’t award a large number of grants each year. Grantseekers should be aware that this funder tends to favor the same groups each year, making it more difficult for newcomers to break in here. 

PROFILE: The Fordney Foundation, established in 2002 by Marilyn Takahasi Fordney, provides children and young adults with dance sport grants, allowing them to train and compete. The main focus is ballroom dance.

The stated goal of the foundation’s grantmaking is to “help children and young adults realize their dreams of artistically expressing themselves through ballroom dancing.”

The foundation awards grants to nonprofits that discover and train dancers for careers in dance. Grants are also awarded to groups that build an increased community awareness of dance sport. Fordney also awards grants to amateur dancers under 25 who wish to dance competitively.

According to Fordney’s latest tax filings, grant amounts can range from just a few hundred dollars up to $25,000. Most awards, however, range from $2,000 to $5,000. The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry. The submission deadline for LOIs is April 1.


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