The purpose of the funding initiative, made possible by generous support of the Ford Foundation, is to generate dance making and performance by and with disabled artists. This activity is intended to advance artistic innovation and excellence--and, by extension, further disability rights. The work leverages Dance/NYC's capacity as a regrantor and extends the organization's work to advance a cultural ecosystem that expressly and equitably includes disabled artists. It responds directly to two recent research reports, Discovering Disability: Data & NYC Dance (2015) and Disability. Dance. Artistry. (2016), and a seminal conference presented as part of ADA25NYC, in partnership with the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities.
Qualifications and Priorities
Eligible applicants to the DDA Fund must:
- • Self-identify as integrated dance makers focused on the creation and/or performance of dance with disabled and nondisabled dancers;
- • Be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization or a fiscal sponsored project, with a history of at least two years of integrated performance activity (not new, fiscally sponsored projects established to pursue this funding opportunity);
- • Seek funds to perform dance by and with disabled artists between January 2017 and March 2018 in the metropolitan area, whether or not the dance makers are based locally;
- • Have confirmed or be in negotiation with a performance venue that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- • Above all, artistic excellence and clear artistic vision for the proposed project;
- • A central role for disabled artist(s) in the project and demonstrated organizational values of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
- • A commitment to sustain engagement with disabled artists in the future and an articulated evaluation plan that includes a willingness to share learning;
- • Organizational and financial capacity to execute proposed activity, regardless of budget size; realistic timeline and budget; and a commitment to paying artists.
For the purposes of this call for proposals, integrated dance encompasses all forms of disability, not solely physical. The metropolitan area includes the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Suffolk, Rockland, Nassau and Westchester Counties in New York State, and Hudson and Bergen Counties in New Jersey.
Grants will not be considered for individual artists, educational institutions, presenters, or service organizations. The DDA Fund will not support programs with primarily therapeutic or educational goals.
Proposal Specifications and Supplemental Materials
Required materials include:
- • Audited financial statements
- • Board of directors list
- • Proof of tax-exempt status
Request for proposals, September 8, 2016
Deadline for submission, October 25, 2016; 6:00 p.m. EST
Panel review, Week of November 27, 2016
Award notification, Week of December 12, 2016
Grant agreements due, December 31, 2016
Grant disbursements, Week of January 1, 2017
Press release w/ grantees' information, Mid-January 2017
Final grantee reports due, December 31, 2017
Please complete and submit proposal information in one e-mail with two attachments only (one PDF including the application form and all supplementary materials; and one Excel budget form) to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than 6:00 p.m. EST, October 25, 2016. Dance/NYC will only accept e-mail submissions. Please do not send hard copies to Dance/NYC. Late submissions cannot be considered.
If you have questions, please e-mail email@example.com. Please do not contact members of the review panel directly.