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If you are a dance professional who requires support with retraining into another occupation following a career in dance, then our partner charity, Dancers Career Development offer a range of services and also financial grants. Equity Charitable Trust, another of our partner charities, might also be able to assist you.

Retraining expenses: We offer maintenance bursaries for dance professionals undertaking retraining. These grants cover professional opportunities in the UK.

The Retraining Maintenance Bursaries are up to £1,500 per application.

Evidence of all sources of income while you are retraining, eg: student loan, grants from other charities, and/or any benefit entitlement will be taken into consideration.

The following are the main things we can assist you with:

  • Help with travel costs
  • Help with childcare expenses
  • Help with rent, particularly if you need to find alternative accommodation while studying

We may consider applications for the cost of course fees, particularly for applicants who fall outside the criteria of our partner charities.

Applicants must have already been accepted onto the retraining course and it must start within six months of receiving a bursary application. You can still apply if you are waiting to hear about getting onto a course, but your grant cannot be confirmed until you have received official confirmation of your place on your chosen course.

The deadline for applications is Monday 15 November.

We encourage you to complete your application online; however, if you prefer, you can download an application form as a PDF or request us to send an application form by post


“I am really enjoying the course and am glad I have had the opportunity to fully immerse myself in my studies. Thank you DPF.”

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