2022 Grant and Dance Residency Opportunities Calendar

Boston Dance Alliance has brought together a year’s worth of grants, residencies and other opportunities for dancers, dancemakers and teaching artists.

Check the relevant websites for eligibility requirements and program priorities and to participate in candid information sessions where you can get your questions answered.

These opportunities are listed by deadline, but most open their online portals a few weeks ahead of time.  We have listed deadlines that have been published, but remember that, especially during covid, deadlines may shift.  All deadlines with time stamps are in the Eastern time zone unless otherwise specified. We are not listing grants that are available by invitation only.

Some grants require that you be a nonprofit or fiscally sponsored. Learn how you can be fiscally sponsored by Boston Dance Alliance!

As new and one-time grant opportunities are announced, BDA will add these to the calendar so check back often! Upcoming grant deadlines will also often be listed in the Pro/Motion newsletter. If you discover that any information is incorrect, please let us know by contacting info@bostondancealliance.org!

Dancers, looking for other jobs? Check out the BDA Auditions and BDA Jobs pages year-round.

Best of luck on your applications!



Equality Fund at The Boston Foundation supports Greater Boston nonprofit organizations that serve and strengthen the LGBTQ+ community; a permanent endowment that will benefit the LGBTQ+ community of Greater Boston in perpetuity, so each of our future generations can thrive. The Fund is guided by an Advisory Committee made up of members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies who possess a deep understanding about the most pressing issues affecting our community today  Deadline January 28.

Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture Opportunity Fund 5.0  provides grants that support meaningful one-time opportunities for artists of all artistic backgrounds and disciplines, teaching artists, creative workers, and cultural practitioners living in the city of Boston to further develop their career or help provide high-quality community art experiences throughout the city of Boston. The Opportunity Fund has two grant categories:

    1. Artist Career Development Grant: $5,000 for professional development opportunities and expenses related to projects that help the applicant further their artistic career in a meaningful way.
    2. Community Arts Experiences: $10,000 grant for individual artists and teaching artists across various artistic disciplines who want to bring arts experiences into Boston neighborhoods that have been identified as having a lower concentration of arts activities that are free, accessible, and open to the public. Deadline January 28, 2022 at 5 PM

Onstage Dance Co’s residency application dates have been postponed, check with them for updates! This program provides choreographers with 16 hours of free rehearsal space at OnStage Dance Company in Malden, Mass, culminating in an In-Studio Showcase that is open to the public.


The Dance Complex’s a MAKE iT / SHARE iT / SHOW iT (aMaSSiT): Mentoring Lab, a collaboration with Monkeyhouse, offers sessions that include working with subject matters and realms of thought that are driven by individualized areas of investigation. These can include awareness of societal concerns – justice, humanity, environment – but are not limited to these examples. The lab brings tenets of choreography into dialogue with passionate subject areas, deepening the skill and craft to effectively communicate through the craft of performance/dance making.  Deadline is February 7.

The very competitive NEA Grants for Arts Projects provides cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 for projects with national, regional, or field-wide significance. Phase one deadline is February 10.

Rhode Island  Women’s Choreography Project seeks to nurture and elevate choreographers whose voices are not traditionally heard. Our project serves any choreographer who feels underrepresented, regardless of their gender identity. Ap0plications for choreographers and for New England-based dancers of all gender expressions are due February 13.  You may submit applications for both categories. Performance dates at Festival Ballet Providence will be May 21-22, 2022.

 The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation supports organizations providing arts programs on Cape Ann (specifically, the communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester) and the Nashoba Valley (specifically, the communities of Harvard, Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend. Requests are sought in the $2,500 to $12,000 range for activities that occur after July 1, 2022. Deadline February 14

City of Boston AIR (Artists in Residence) program  supports artists, organizers, and cultural workers 18+ practicing in all disciplines during a 15-month-long residency with the City of Boston. Artists receive $37,000 in artist stipends and up to $10,000 for project materials. Deadline is February 18, 5:00 pm ET.

The Boston Foundation’s Live Arts Boston (LAB) program,  created with the support and partnership of the Barr Foundation, supports Greater Boston area artists to test ideas, explore collaborations and build skills in the process of generating new, original work. LAB provides up to $15,000 in project-specific funds to create, produce or present new performing arts work for Greater Boston audiences. In addition to funding, grantees  receive project documentation, one-on-one advising, peer networking opportunities and support for other professional development. Deadline is February 18 at 5 PM. 

Residence Lab  BCNC’s Pao Arts Center + Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) activates underutilized public/third spaces in Chinatown, transforming these sites into tools for public stories that uplift the narratives, culture, and character of Boston’s Chinatown. Residence Lab Artist applications deadline is February 21.

Cambridge Community Foundation Spring Grants Cycle is now accepting applications  by nonprofits seeking unrestricted covid relief. Deadline has been extended and is now noon Monday February 28th.


NEFA’s NDP Production Grants are made to projects led by professional choreographers or companies to support the creation and U.S. touring and/or sharing of a new dance project.  Production Grants are awarded to 20 dance projects annually through a competitive two-stage application process. Artists/choreographers and/or companies apply to receive a package of support that includes $45,000 for the creation of a new work, $10,000 in general operating support for the artist/company, $11,500 for production residency and/or community engagement plans and up to $35,000 to support a U.S. tour  of the work. Preliminary application deadline is March 1, 2022.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Festivals Program provides funding and resources designed to help festival programmers meet the needs of producing, promoting, and developing festival audiences. Festival producers may apply for a grant for producing an online, hybrid or in-person festival OR for festival audience development and engagement. Deadline is March 1, 2022.

Boston Dance Theater’s SURGE residency for BIPOC artists living in East Boston addressing the vulnerabilities and resilience of addressing rising sea levels has extended its deadline to March 1, 2022

Dance and Theatre Artist-in-Residence Vineyard Arts Project’s (VAP) annual open call for artists-in-residence on Martha’s Vineyard provides visiting artists with the necessary time and rehearsal space. Deadline is March 1.

 Activate Residency at BCA The ACTivate Residency is a five-day creative residency for Boston-based BIPOC artists and their collaborators. During the residency, artists will be invited to create a site-responsive work in the historic Cyclorama. ACTivate is open to all Boston-based visual, performing, and interdisciplinary artists with priority given to BIPOC, Immigrant, and New American artists and their collaborators. Deadline March  TBD

NEFA’s New England States Touring (NEST) Program  expands direct access to high quality artists and aesthetic diversity for all New England communities by artists from New England, the nation, and across the globe, creates opportunities for collaboration and partnerships among New England cultural organizations and between artists and organizations and encourages projects that provide meaningful interaction between artists and communities, extending beyond the stage.  For projects occuring between June 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023 deadline March 8.

Cambridge’s Gallery 263 invites artists based in the United States to submit work for Tip of the Tongue that considers the use of language at the intersection of visual art and design and is open to performers.  This exhibition is juried by artist Santiago Cucullu. Deadline is March 20.

Planning to perform outside the United States? USArtists International (USAI) provides grants of up to $18,000 to artists and ensembles that have been invited to perform at international festivals and global performing arts marketplaces. Deadline is March 30, 2022 for engagements between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

The MCC’s  Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program provides funding for highly-skilled craftspeople and performing artists to mentor apprentices in one-on -one learning experiences of traditional music, craft, or dance. Whether handcrafted or performed, traditional art reflects a community’s shared sense of aesthetics and meaning. Traditional art forms are typically passed from generation to generation, most often within familial, ethnic, tribal, religious, or occupational communities. Deadline is March 31


Art Beat Somerville invites dancers and dance companies to apply  for the 36th year of this David Square event with dance happening at the Somerville Theatre Saturday, July 16 (Rain date: Sunday, July 17). This year’s theme is “Rise.”  Deadline is Monday, April 18



 The Boston Dancemakers Residency supports Boston-area dance artists who are striving to develop, adapt or reinvent their creative process. Produced through a partnership between Boston Dance Alliance (BDA) and Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) the residency serves as a laboratory for ideas that are in the exploratory phase and need dedicated time and space to be fully realized. Designed to promote artistic growth and the development of original ensemble work, dancemakers will be offered support for research, development, rehearsal, financial and production phases of their project. Resources include a regional three-day retreat, eight weeks of intensive studio time, discounted rehearsal space, dancemaker and collaborator stipends, production and marketing support for work-in-progress showings, and rehearsal pay for up to six dancers. Deadline is May 22.

Olmstead Now Parks Equity and Spatial Justice Grant in partnership with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy is offering grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, intended to explore how we can turn the idea of “parks equity” into strategic action. Deadline is May 27, 2022

The MAP Fund is a national program providing grants of $25,000 for the research, development, and creation of new, live performance projects, as well as $5,000 in unrestricted general operating support. Deadline May 27, 2022.


No applications at the present time.


The Worcester Arts Council has project and individual fellowship grants available for $2,500, $5,000, $7500, and $10,000. This is a great opportunity for those artists who typically get excluded from Boston centered-funding due to geography. Deadline July 10. 

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, in partnership with Portland Ovations, has announced a national $25,000.00 award to a contemporary choreographer paired with an additional $15,000.00 to bring a performance of the awardees work to a Maine audience. The Raising the Barre initiative is open to  US citizen choreographers  18+living in the United States. Jurors are Kyle Abraham, Janet Wong,  Philip Bither and deadline is July 15 2022.

The federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Arts Programs for Justice-Involved Youth supports and strengthens collaborations between arts-based organizations and juvenile justice systems to develop, expand, or enhance effective interventions that provide access to high-quality art programs with and for justice-involved youth. Deadline is July 18, 2022.


NEFA’s New England States Touring (NEST) grant  funds the public presentation and engagement of a New England artist presented by a New England nonprofit organization. This supports a partnership, so read details carefully before applying. Deadline is August 1, 2022, for projects beginning on or after November 1.

Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Organizations and Individuals will open in August with unrestricted $5,000 grants to creatives and gig workers to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and set a path for growth and unrestricted grants ranging from $5,000-$75,000 to Massachusetts cultural organizations, collectives, and businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline TBD.

Motion State Dance Film Series invites filmmakers to submit short films (maximum duration 15 minutes) in which dance and cinematography play equal creative roles to its traveling film festival. Motion State Dance Film Series is excited to explore the ever expanding definitions of “dance” and “choreography,” and is open to including films that use adjacent technologies, such as animation, computer graphics, and puppetry. Deadline is August 5. 

Urbanity is seeking a Choreography Fellow for the 2022-2023 company season. The Choreography Fellow works directly with the Professional Company by teaching company class every other Monday from 10-11:30 (14 classes per season), as well as co-choreographing one work with Company Director Meg Anderson in March of 2023. The Choreography Fellow will choreograph a second work for a hired engagement between September and May. The Choreography Fellow residency is a one-season commitment with a  stipend for the season. Applicants can submit an application by emailing materials to meg@urbanitydance.orgThe deadline to submit applications is 11:59 PM EST on Monday, August 22.

FY23 Arts and Culture Community Impact Grant Fund of Combined Jewish Philanthropies supports artists, enriches our community through culture, and explores the depth of Jewish experience and memory. Applicants may apply as an individual or as a collaboration among multiple artists. One $25,000 grant for a multidisciplinary collaborative project that includes Jewish and BIPOC artists (may be the same people)  plus 10 $7,500 grants.  Letters of Intent due by 5:00 p.m. August 31



USArtists International® (USAI) provides support of artists appearing in international festivals and performing arts marketplaces. Grants are up to $18,000 toward eligible expenses. Three deadlines per year, tied to performance dates. For performances between Dec 15, 2022 and Dec 14, 2023 deadline is September 1.

Dance Films Association is now accepting submissions for their Dance on Camera Festival 2023. Regular deadline is September 9. Late deadline is September 30.

The Greenway Conservancy’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Greenway Dance Series Presented by Amazonseeks two dance companies to develop 15-30 minute works along one portion of the 1.5-mile-long Greenway during a year-long residency period led by Peter DiMuro. Deadline for expressions of interest is Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 5pm.

Foundation for MetroWest Arts & Culture Grant supports artistic and cultural initiatives that prioritize equitable access for all residents, foster connection and collaboration, and stimulate our region. Deadline September 16.

NEFA’s New England Dance Fund awards small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. Deadline September 23

Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Organizations offers unrestricted grants ranging from $5,000-$75,000 to Massachusetts cultural organizations, collectives, and businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline September 28.


The largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, Massachusetts’ Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program enriches the cultural life of all cities and towns in Massachusetts. In most cases you can either be a resident of a community or present work in that community. Special covid-related recovery funds may be included. Check local eligibility.

Apply for Cambridge Arts’ annual grants 

  • Art for Social Justice Grants ($7,500) support projects that present the themes and ongoing work of social justice to the Cambridge public through the arts.
  • Local Cultural Council Grants (up to $5,000) offer funding to individuals and organizations for cultural projects, public art, ticket subsidy programs, cultural field trips for children, and other activities.
  • Organizational Investment Grants ($9,000) provide support for operational costs, sustainability, and resiliency to local cultural organizations that benefit Cambridge residents.    All deadlines are  Oct. 17

MCC’s STARS Residency grants provide funds for  K-12 schools so that students can spend 3 days or more with teaching artists, scientists, scholars, or cultural organizations.  Applicant must be the school, but discuss this opportunity with the teachers you know!

NEFA’s Collective Imagination for Spatial Justice  supports teams of artists, creatives, culture bearers, cultural organizers, and/or community-based collaborators to do the important work of imagining public art that fosters and contributes to more just futures for our public spaces and public culture. Project deliverables are not expected or required and  grants range from $2,000-$5,000. Deadline October 17

NEFA’s Public Art for Spatial Justice grants support Massachusetts artists and artistic collaborations to create public art in Massachusetts that fosters public imagination and contributes to more just futures for our public spaces and public culture and grants range from $5,000-$15,000.  Deadline October 17

Dance Complex’s  Integrated Artists’ Residency Exchange (I-ARE) supports dancers changing patterns, taking risks and sharing these learning moments with The Dance Complex and dance community through open informal showings, more formal concerts and within other events. Deadline TBD


Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Individuals offers unrestricted grants of $5,000 to creatives and gig workers to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and set a path for growth. Deadline November 1

Next Steps for Boston Dance supports Greater Boston choreographers creating original work in any dance genre and at any career level, post-college, to move forward and take a “next step” in their careers by providing artists with a broad range of resources. Deadline is November 3

Dunamis’ Emerging Artist Fellowship Program supports emerging artists in finding their artistic voice with stipends, project implementation funds, free rehearsal space, guest speakers, mentoring and more. Deadline is November 28


The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Festivals Program provides funding and resources designed to help festival programmers meet the needs of producing, promoting, and developing festival audiences. Festival producers may apply for a grant for producing an online, hybrid or in-person festival OR for festival audience development and engagement. Deadline December 15

Urbanity Dance Urbanity X program supports 5 choreographers by providing multi-layered support, including dedicated rehearsal space, a substantial stipend, a performance opportunity, technical support, administrative support, and mentorship. Deadline December TBD

MCC Youth Reach grants  YouthReach, multi-year grants are awarded to creative youth development programs that integrate substantive out-of-school arts, humanities, and science opportunities into a collaborative community response to the needs of youth. Deadline December TBD


Note: Mass Cultural Council Artists Fellowships in Choreography resume in late 2023 for the 2024 grant cycle.



Career Transition For Dancers at The Entertainment Community Fund (formerly called The Actors Fund)  provides support services, professional development grants and more. To learn about additional application criteria as well as the range of services offered by The Actors Fund, dance professionals can register for a bi-weekly  national dancer orientation. All dancers, from early career to mid-career to retired from performing, can work with career counselors – at no cost –  in person or remotely.