We provide financial support for ballet dancers, contemporary dancers and also choreographers and choreologists who are working in the same field. In particular, we help members of the Royal Ballet Companies and other established dance companies.  Teachers and former teachers of dancing, in particular members and former members of recognised dance examining bodies can also apply. 

When we have funding available, we can also help dance professionals working in the commercial sector. 

Examples of this might be:

  • Crisis funding e.g. when facing homelessness
  • Cost of living e.g. payment of bills and essential household items
  • Medical costs e.g. physiotherapy, counselling

To be eligible for funding you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Have three years of professional dance performance, teaching or choreography in the UK
  • Be a practising, former or retired dance professional; or in certain circumstances, be a dependent of a dance professional
  • Be in receipt of all the state benefits you are entitled to at the time of applying
  • Have individual savings of less than £6,000 if of working age, or £16,000 if retired
  • Have no other significant means of support e.g. from a partner or from capital assets.

We regret we are unable to fund the following individuals:

  • Students who have yet to commence their career in dance
  • Those requiring funding for creating artistic work, e.g. rehearsal or production costs
  • Those working in therapeutic arts (e.g. dance therapy) or movement teachers in schools.
  • Those whose entire career has been in commercial theatre – see A4O for other charities who may be able to assist you

If you do not fulfill our criteria, there may be other charities than can help you.