Hurricane Response Grants

Mertz Gilmore Foundation’s NYC Dance Response Fund
In response to Hurricane Sandy and to early field testimony collected by Dance/NYC and its colleagues in service and grantmaking, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation has established a NYC Dance Response Fund to be administered by Dance/NYC, a branch of Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance.

Who they fund:
This first NYC dance-specific investment in our city’s recovery is being launched with a leadership commitment of $200,000 from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

Through strategic, immediate granting of low-dollar relief funds, the NYC Dance Response Fund will help the field to meet emerging needs and keep moving and lifting the spirits of our city. Of special value to the smallest and most economically fragile dancemakers, the initiative will complement arts-wide and geography-specific recovery efforts.

Geographic focus:
New York City

What is required:
NYC Dance Response Fund grants, from $1,000 to $5,000, will be awarded to New York City-based nonprofit organizations and fiscally sponsored projects of The Field, Fractured Atlas, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Live Arts, and Pentacle focused on the creation or performance of dance. Successful applicants will have incurred identifiable costs due to Hurricane Sandy not otherwise covered by insurance or other sources, including:

Unpaid artist fees (e.g., performance, rehearsal, or teaching fees cancelled as a result of suspended activity);
Travel expenses (e.g., unplanned airfare, lodging);
Lost sales (e.g., returned event tickets, class fees, uncollected rental fees); and
Property damage (e.g., costumes, sets, equipment, space) not covered by insurance.

Priority will be given to those who articulate a clear need for reimbursement to rebuild. These are discrete funds and will not impact other Mertz Gilmore Foundation giving priorities.

All applications should be submitted electronically to and include: a one-page statement of need; documentation of identifiable costs; and proof of nonprofit or fiscal sponsorship status. Questions may be addressed to Leigh Ross at

Applications will be accepted and processed by Dance/NYC, in partnership with the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, on a first-come first-served basis until all funds are expended.


New York Council for the Humanities
New York Council for the Humanities is providing $1,000 grants for cultural groups after Hurricane Sandy.  To assist cultural organizations in their recovery efforts for important community assets, the New York Council for the Humanities is offering grants of up to $1000 to defray salary and overtime costs for staff members working on storm related clean up.

Who they fund:
Any New York State cultural groups that sustained physical damage to buildings, grounds or collections after Sandy is eligible to apply. Organizations that have already received Council grant support in 2012 may also apply, however volunteer-run organizations are not eligible.

Geographic Focus:
New York City

What is required and Deadline:
Applications for these special grants will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 31, 2012 with notification within four weeks of the receipt of an application. For more information and the short application form are available at

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