Princess Grace Foundation: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW: The Princess Grace Foundation provides scholarships and fellowships to emerging artists in theater, dance, and film. The foundation seeks to provide long-term financial and emotional support for award winners.

IP TAKE: Dance performance and choreography applicants must be nominated for a Princess Grace Foundation award by a non-profit school or dance company. Also, each nominating entity can nominate only one scholarship and one fellowship nominee at a time.

PROFILE: Founded in 1982, the Princess Grace Foundation was created by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor the memory of his wife, Princess Grace Kelly. It prioritizes “identifying and assisting emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.” The foundation awards dance grants in the two categories of performance and choreography.

The Princess Grace Kelly Foundation prioritizes individual artists rather than companies and organizations. To receive an award, the individual must be nominated by the dean/chair of his or her academic organization or the head of his or her dance company. Applications are made available on the foundation's website in February of each year, with deadlines falling in the spring, usually at the end of April.

Dance performance grants specifically fund tuition or salary assistance, and they typically range from $7,500 to $30,000 depending on factors such as tuition costs and thesis project costs. The choreography fellowship is a set amount of $10,000, with $8,000 earmarked for the choreographer's fee and the remaining $2,000 for production costs. The only other restrictions on Princess Grace Foundation grants is that all applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and all work related to the grant must be completed within the United States.

Past recipients of dance grants have come from places like Juilliard, Boston Ballet, and Visceral Dance Chicago. Grant seekers can get some good background on which organizations the Princess Grace Foundation tends to favor by browsing other past award winners. These can be viewed by year or by discipline, which should help to provide some insight into the foundation's giving.

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