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NYFA Partners with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation for Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants

It will award a total of $300,000 over the course of three award cycles that will run through Spring 2022.

NYFA Partners with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation for  Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants

The New York Foundation for the Arts has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new grant program called Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants. The program will initially provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers who have experienced dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including lack or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine/healthcare, utilities, and food. It will award a total of $300,000 over the course of three award cycles that will run through Spring 2022.

Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants is a new program that will be molded in the tradition of Change, Inc., a non-profit foundation established in 1970 by Robert Rauschenberg to assist professional artists of all disciplines in need. It was created in recognition of the particularly extreme impact that the pandemic has had on dancers, and follows the creation of the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program in 2020. Over the last 18 months, NYFA has awarded nearly $1.5 million in Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants to artists including choreographers in need across 40 states, territories, and the District of Columbia.

Eligible expenses include: housing (deposits, rent, utilities); medical/dental/vision/mental health care; food; transportation (car payments, insurance, rideshares/taxis, mass transit); and other essential expenses. Applicants can request funding for eligible expenses over a three-month period, ranging from four months before the grant deadline through four months after the grant deadline. This grant program does not cover mortgage payments, expenses related to family members, and non-essential expenses.

The first application cycle will open on Tuesday, November 9 with a deadline of January 7, 2022. Funds may be requested for emergency expenses for up to a three-month period between September 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022. Cycle 2 will open on March 1, 2022, with a deadline of April 1, 2022. Funds may be requested for emergency expenses for up to a three-month period between December 1, 2021, and July 31, 2022. A third cycle will be offered before June 2022.

Applications will be reviewed by an outside panel and assessed using the following criterion: demonstrated need based on the economic severity and economic urgency of the dancer's emergency situation.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, and live in one of the 50 states, a Tribal Nation, a U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. To be eligible to apply, the dancer's average adjusted gross income for the last two years they've filed taxes must be no greater than $75,000 ($150,000 for joint filers), and they must demonstrate a pressing and critical need for emergency support. NYFA will require a W-9 with a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Card or EIN should the applicant be funded.



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