Grants for dance organizations

677 dance organizations received at least $17.0 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 765 grants made from 550 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $2,000. Of these 550 foundations, 83% made just a single grant to dance orgs, and 3% made grants to four or more dance orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$17,033,387
Total grant dollars given to dance organizations
765
Number of grants made annually to dance organizations
550
Number of grantmakers funding dance organizations
$2,000
Median grant size to dance organizations

Foundations that support dance organizations

Out of all grants made to dance organizations, 72% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 90% of the dollar-value of grants to dance orgs. Foundations funding dance orgs also made grants to theaters, universities, arts education nonprofits, performing arts centers, and music festivals and events.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
399
Medium
 
69
Large
 
82
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
20
Private
 
475
Corporate
 
22
Other
 
33

Grants made

Grants made to dance orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
457
2-3
 
73
4-10
 
17
11+
 
3

Top 10 foundations supporting dance organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to dance orgsNumber of grants made to dance orgsMedian grant size
Harkness Foundation for DanceNYMetro9.1%31$2,500
Arnhold FoundationNYMetro0.2%15$5,000
The Columbus FoundationOHState0.0%13$5,000
Marta Heflin FoundationNYMetro7.1%10$5,000
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%10$762
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.0%6$2,007
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%6$175
Robert and Iris Fanger Family FoundationMAState1.2%6$200
Charity Partners FoundationMANational0.2%6$44
Carmax FoundationVANational0.1%5$2,000

Dance organizations grantees

Dance organizations with more than $5 million in total revenues received 91% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 16% of all dance orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
762
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
3

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$2,000
$100k-$500k
 
$2,000
$500k-$1M
 
$2,500
$1M-$5M
 
$2,500
>$5M
 
$1,900

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
252
California
 
84
Massachusetts
 
43
Illinois
 
41
Other
 
345

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
237
Chicago
 
40
Los Angeles
 
37
San Francisco
 
28
Other
 
402

Top 25 grants made to dance organizations

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Harlem School of the Arts$7,988,000CharitableHerb Alpert Foundation
Joyce Theater Foundation$4,125,000General Operating Support Over the Course of 5 To 7.5 Years.LuEsther T Mertz Charitable Trust
Collage Dance Collective$3,086,750General Operational SupportCommunity Foundation of Greater Memphis
Show Box La$5,0002015 Grant for Project SupportKenneth Rainin Foundation
Show Box La$5,0002015 Grant for Project SupportKenneth Rainin Foundation
New Jersey Tap Ensemble$5,000To Support Njtap's Succession Efforts and Tap Education Program OfferingsGeraldine R Dodge Foundation
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation$5,000For Support of Aileycamp Newark and Aileydance Kids Residencies in Newark Public Schools During the 2019-2020 Academic YearGeraldine R Dodge Foundation
Ashtabula Arts Center$5,000CulturalThe Panevin Foundation 242-0539420
Chicago Human Rhythm Project$5,000General PurposeThe Lyon Family Foundation
Tandy Beal and Company$5,000Public CharityPorter Sesnon Foundation
Momentum-Excellence$5,000Arts and HumanitiesThe Columbus Foundation
Momentum-Excellence$5,000Arts and HumanitiesThe Columbus Foundation
Momentum-Excellence$5,000Arts and HumanitiesThe Columbus Foundation
Momentum-Excellence$5,000Arts and HumanitiesThe Columbus Foundation
Momentum-Excellence$5,000Arts and HumanitiesThe Columbus Foundation
Momentum-Excellence$5,000Arts and HumanitiesThe Columbus Foundation
Columbus Dance Theatre$5,000Arts and HumanitiesThe Columbus Foundation
Momentum-Excellence$5,000Arts and HumanitiesThe Columbus Foundation
Momentum-Excellence$5,000Arts and HumanitiesThe Columbus Foundation
Momentum-Excellence$5,000Arts and HumanitiesThe Columbus Foundation
Momentum-Excellence$5,000Arts and HumanitiesThe Columbus Foundation
Momentum-Excellence$5,000Arts and HumanitiesThe Columbus Foundation
Momentum-Excellence$5,000Arts and HumanitiesThe Columbus Foundation
World Dance Arts Foundation$5,000To Assist Young Dancers To Enjoy and Pursue the Art of Ballroom DancingJoseph J and Bernice H Negley Foundation
North Star Dance Foundation$5,000Ballet and Play SponsorshipsInterior Cabaret Hotel Restaurant and Retailers Association
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Dance organizations" category for this page is determined by the "A62: Dance" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.