Application Guidelines

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Harkness Foundation for Dance Grant Proposal Guidelines (Download PDF) >


Programs/projects related to dance only will be considered.


  • Endowment funds
  • Capital projects
  • Private schools (below college level)
  • Video/film/book projects
  • Outside of New York City


NOTE TO PROPOSERS: In recognition of the hardships that artists and arts organizations are facing due to the COVID-19 crisis, please note our updated application procedures for our Fall 2020 grant cycle:

1. Our proposal deadline for our Fall 2020 grant cycle is AUGUST 1, 2020 (date of receipt).

2. We are not accepting hard copy proposals for this cycle.* To mitigate any logistical problems such as lack of access to records, office supplies and equipment while people are working remotely, we welcome emailed proposals for our Fall 2020 cycle, at which we will consider requests for FY21.

3. Please include all the pieces listed below. Email your proposal materials to In the subject line of your email, please use this format: HARKNESS 8/1/20 PROPOSAL — NAME OF YOUR ORGANIZATION or ARTIST’S NAME.  Make sure to prominently include your full company contact information (contact name, phone, email, mailing address). If your remote work situation necessitates a temporary mailing address other than your usual company address, please include all the information above in the text of your email.

4. We will email you confirmation of receipt in reply to your submission. If you do not receive this confirmation by a week after submitting, please follow up with an email to

Please submit your proposal for consideration six months in advance of your program or project.

  • AUGUST 1 to be considered at our Fall Board Meeting
  • DECEMBER 1 to be considered at our Winter Board Meeting
  • APRIL 1 to be considered at our Spring Board Meeting


Send one hard copy of your proposal to the Harkness office at the address below.* (see note #2 abovePlease make sure your return address, email and phone contact are clearly indicated on your proposal. Proposals must be received by the deadline date. All applications must include:

  1. Letter form containing description of program/project
  2. Historical summary of organization
  3. Project budget
  4. Organization/Artist annual budget
  5. Copy of tax exempt letter (Fiscally sponsored artists must include letter of fiscal sponsorship plus tax exempt letter of sponsoring organization)
  6. List of board members & their affiliation
  7. Biographical sketch of key artistic personnel
  8. Financial statements (last available)
  9. Support material
  10. Optional: video samples online or DVD (not returnable). Preferred: Vimeo or YouTube links emailed to


The Harkness Foundation for Dance
145 East 48th Street, Suite 26C
New York, NY 10017-1259