Shubert Foundation: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW: The Shubert Foundation supports live performance in theater and dance. It grants more than $25 million each year to nearly 500 different organizations, making Shubert one of the largest performing arts funders in the country.

IP TAKE: Unlike some of its peers, Shubert gives unrestricted grants for general operational support rather than for specific projects, which can be quite a boon to your organization's overall bottom line. Note, however, that it prefers to fund organizations with established track records of at least three successful seasons. If your organization is younger than that, it still doesn't hurt to contact Shubert, as it welcomes inquiries.

PROFILE: On average, Shubert funds around 70 dance companies across the nation each year, with around $4 million in total dance grants in a recent year. Typically, ballet companies are a priority, but Shubert isn't all about arabesques. It's interested in other forms of dance as well. You can access lists of past grantees here.

Shubert may look like a dream for dance funding, and that could very well be true — as long as your company meets all of its qualifying standards. For newer companies, the biggest hurdle is that you must have a proven history of artistic, administrative, and fiscal responsibility. If your company's history is relatively short, the foundation invites you to call the staff to discuss your situation in more detail before applying. And if you're not ready, it has other resources of funding for you.

Although Shubert's grants provide unrestricted funds, there are items it won't fund, so be sure to read the FAQs carefully.

As of 2016 all grant applications must be completed through Shubert's online grant portal. Applicants must provide complete financial statements, which have been audited by a certified public accountant, for the appropriate fiscal year. If you have audited financial statements and your annual budget is under $150,000, contact Shubert before applying. Different rules may apply. You can read the full rules and requirements here.

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