Robert Rauschenberg Foundation: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW: The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation awards grants to small- and mid-sized dance groups, organizations, and projects.

IP TAKE: Rauschenberg prioritizes smaller organizations, making it an excellent resource for local dance companies.

PROFILE: Artist Robert Rauschenberg established the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 1990 to foster both his philanthropic and artistic legacies. Its grantmaking “aspires to a vibrant, equitable, and sustainable world through the power of creative problem solving.” The foundation supports five grantmaking programs: Art + Education, Art + Environment, Artist as Activist, Regional grants, and SEED

Rauschenberg supports dance-related through its SEED grantmaking program. According to the foundation, SEED “is a combination of risk capital and value added support to early stage, groundbreaking projects.” Grants are awarded to small- to mid-sized arts organizations in their early operational stages. In this area, Rauschenberg seeks to help new groups expand and build capacity.

Grants amounts can vary widely, most fall in the $10,000 to $50,000 range. Past grantees include Offcenter Dance, located in Bosie, Idaho, and Morrison Dance, located in Cleveland, Ohio. For a broader sense of the kind of work the foundation supports, explore its SEED grants page. Grants are limited to dance organizations located in select cities across the United States. 

Rauschenberg awards grants via open requests for proposals (RFPs) and by invitation only. RFPs often feature specific themes or subject. As a result, grant seekers should research the foundation’s website prior to submitting their proposal. Grants made by invitation only are awarded at the foundation’s discretion.


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