The funding structure for Round Four continues the shift that was begun in Round Three, but incorporates some changes.
Under Option B of the guidelines, the specific audiences have been expanded. In addition to the disability and LGBTQ communities, they now include ALAANA audiences, as well as communities of faith and incarcerated people and their families.
Engagement activities such as standard pre- and post-show talks will not be competitive. Because the dance field’s engagement efforts have expanded since EDA was founded, funding is now reserved for organizations that are advancing the field’s practice.
EDA will continue to support existing, rather than new, engagement programs. Because they are not required to design a brand new program, applicants can turn their attention to the quality of the engagement experience for the audience or community and how to enhance that experience. In order to broaden the reach and impact of its funding, and better share its resources with the field, support will again go to projects proposed by organizations that have a track record of engaging dance audiences that have (until Round Three) been historically underrepresented in the EDA grantee pool. By dedicating a portion of the funding available to both options, Dance/USA reached a wider range of organizations, projects, and artists, and ultimately a wider range of audiences. See the Round Four Overview and Guidelines to learn more.
More organizations will again be eligible to apply, beyond the membership. Organizations beyond Dance/USA’s current membership that have developed successful or promising audience engagement programs are eligible to apply. EDA accepts applications from fiscally-sponsored dance groups with budgets of at least $150,000, administrative staff and a three-year track record. All grantees must remain or become members for the grant period of summer 2017-summer 2018. Limited financial assistance is available to cover dues for new members for the grant period.
The simplified application process will be maintained. The application process reflected the above changes. An initial letter of inquiry phase streamlines the process and involves less of applicants’ time. The full application is necessary only for those applicants who are invited to apply.
The expanded services to grantees that began in Round Three will continue. As a national service organization seeking to advance the professional dance field, during the grant period, grantees can receive free, optional services: either a peer site visit or technical assistance in the areas of audience engagement that are relevant to their projects.