Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW: The Foundation for Contemporary Arts supports a wide range of artists and productions in the field of dance.

IP TAKE: For the most part, this funder has few restrictions regarding the type of performance it will support. This makes FCA a great potential resource for many, even those projects considered risky or controversial.

PROFILE: The iconic Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) was founded by artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg in the early 1960s. Ever since those early days, FCA has been working on its mission “to encourage, sponsor, and promote innovative work in the arts created and presented by individuals, groups, and organizations.”

FCA conducts dance-related grantmaking through its Grants to Artists program. These consist of unrestricted grants for $40,000 to artists who have been nominated by their peers. Grant recipients are chosen by a selection panel. Past grantees include choreographer Kim Brandt and dancer, artist, and writer Moriah Evans. To learn more about FCA grantees, explore its grant recipients page, which gives detailed descriptions of grantees.  FCA does not accept unsolicited grant applications for this program.

In addition to grants, FCA also offers a Merce Cunningham award to nominated artists. This is a biennial award created in 2015: the first grants went to choreographers Yvonne Rainer and Linda Austin. FCA does not accept unsolicited nominations for this grant.

FCA also operates an Emergency Grants program for both performing and visual artists who have incurred unexpected expenses or have been presented with unanticipated opportunities which they can't afford and don't have the time to seek out other funding sources. Emergency grants range from between $200 and $2,500. Open applications are accepted for this program.

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