These grants cover professional opportunities in the UK.

Retraining expenses: We offer subsistence bursaries for dance professionals undertaking retraining. We do not pay for the cost of course fees for dancers.

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

Evidence of all potential sources of income while you are retraining, 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.

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.

At certain times of the year, we also offer travel to the One Dance UK conference, if you would otherwise be unable to attend, and travel to workshops, including the Way to Work programme.

If you are a dance teacher or choreographer requiring help with the cost of the training course contact us for more information 01273 234011 or email us

If you are a dancer 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 with the cost of course fees.

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