Community Programs


The Program
DFF makes grants to community organizations and other tax-exempt entities in the United States, which provide dance education programs to children in low-income areas and disadvantaged communities. Through its grant recipients, DFF seeks to give children the experience of dance, to educate them about the many styles of dance, and to expose them to the lifelong benefits of dance.
  1. Increase access to dance education
  2. Increase appreciation for dance
  3. Spread and share the benefits and joy of dance, particularly to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience it
  4. Support high-quality dance education through the community programs we fund
What We Look For


Broad range of organizations providing dance: DFF seeks to support a wide variety of eligible organizations in order to increase access to dance education and to meet the needs of those children in under-served communities. In addition to standard non-profit organizations, DFF also supports community programs offered by libraries, community centers, parks & recreation, social service agencies, and after school programs. Grants are awarded to other 501(c) (3) and governmental organizations, not to individuals or for-profit corporations.

Variety in the types of dance programs offered: DFF aims to support programs in all styles of dance as well as programs that offer diversity through delivery to those who would not otherwise have the opportunity (e.g., programs for differently abled, foster children, etc.).

Breadth of Reach:  One of the key criteria in evaluating applications is the number of students served. Naturally, DFF wants its funding to support as many children as possible and to support organizations to make efficient and effective use of our resources.

Geographical Diversity:  we support programs across the United States and someday, hope to fund programs in all 50 states, particularly in rural or other under-served areas where opportunities for dance education may be more limited.

What We Don’t Fund
In keeping with our mission, DFF does not fund community programs for any of the following:

  • Applicants seeking scholarships or funding to allow selected students to attend their program.
  • Applicants seeking funding for school dance trips, extra-curricular activities, performances, or special events for students, unless otherwise agreed upon by the board as broader part of your application request.
  • Applicants seeking entry fees for schools to enter dance competitions.
  • Applicants seeking money to pay for dance books, ballet barres, costumes, dancewear, TVs, and other resources. While we understand that there is a need for these items, providing these goods through community funding does not meet DFF’s mission.


Applicants must an eligible non-profit or governmental organizations. Programs must serve children under the age of 18. Criteria include, but are not limited to, the number of children served, the socio-economic population served, style(s) of dance offered, the quality of education, and the qualifications of those directly teaching dance within the program.

Grants are awarded in DFF’s sole discretion, and DFF reserves the right not to award any grants in any given year.

How To Apply
All applications must be completed online.  The online form will be made available on the first day of the open application period.


All DFF Community Funding Grants are awarded in the third quarter of each year.

Applications for 2014-15 Funding Open: August 1, 2014
Deadline for 2014-15 Applications: September 1, 2014

*Please Note: any individual submissions received outside the open application period will be destroyed and will not be considered. All applications must be completed via the DFF online application link, only made available on this website during the open application period.


Organizations which have previously received funding from DFF are eligible to submit applications for renewal each year, and DFF strives to balance supporting ongoing partners and broadening its partnership base.

Community Partners who have already received funding must, however, complete the required online application for each subsequent grant cycle. There is NO automatic reconsideration or renewal nor any guarantee of automatic funding for the following year. DFF will determine in its sole discretion whether or not continued funding will be awarded to any organization based on the strength of its application.

The DFF board in its sole discretion determines the total amount of grant funding given and the number of organizations supported in any given year.



How do I know if I qualify for a community program fund?

Please be sure to read the DFF guidelines for Community funding listed above which clearly outlinehow organizations qualify.

Does Dizzy Feet give community support to organizations outside the USA?

In keeping with our mission, Dizzy Feet works to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. While we wish we could support deserving organizations/programs elsewhere in the world, there is still much work for DFF to do within the United States before we are can move our focus internationally.

Can public schools or school districts apply for your Community Program?


We know that school budgets are suffering under the current economy and that Arts programing is often in short supply for schools/districts. Provided that each school/district meets the eligibility criteria outlined above and is able to offer dance programing that satisfies DFF’s requirements, it is welcome to apply.

Can my dance studio apply for your Community Program?


Provided that your dance studio meets the eligibility criteria outlined (i.e., is a non-profit organization) and is able to offer dance programing that satisfied DFF’s requirements, you are welcome to apply.

We applied for a DFF Community Funding Grant in previous years and have been invited by DFF to apply again. Does this mean we will automatically receive funding since DFF has invited us reapply?

Unfortunately not. Each application is considered on its individual merits and in the context of all other applications received in that funding cycle.

Each year, DFF sends out an invitation to all previous applicants to let them know of the open application dates and welcomes them to apply again. However, this is not a guarantee for funding, as all successful funding is based on the strength of your organizations’ application amongst the pool of applicants in any given year.

Our organization needs new dance floors/costumes/ballet barres/money to enter our students for a national dance competition. Can you help us?

In keeping with our mission, DFF does not fund community programs for any of these. Please refer to the information on WHAT WE DON’T FUND for a clear overview of what funding is not provided for.

Our organization/program is not registered as a 501(c)3 and does not have non-profit status. Can we still apply if we have a fiscal sponsor who is?

DFF wants to ensure that all funds are going directly to the programs we support. This is why DFF chooses only to work with eligible non-profit organizations and does not accept applications with a fiscal sponsor.