UMEZ Mertz Gilmore Seed Fund for Dance – Cycle 2

Application deadline: April 1, 2022, at 5 p.m. ET

Seed Fund for Dance Cycle 2 is open now! We are accepting applications for projects happening between August  1, 2022, and February 28, 2023.

UMEZ is seeking creatives with exceptional dance and/or choreographic talent, who exhibit a distinctive voice, and whose career path would benefit from the recognition and visibility that this award offers.
Grants will support individual dance artists, ensembles, collectives, and nonprofit organizations with budgets of $250,000 or below in their pursuit of a project that expresses their artistic vision.
Funding is intended for dance-centric projects, ranging from folk/traditional forms to contemporary and socially engaged artistic practices. These projects must be available to a public audience and can be concerts, performances, festivals, or other ventures that foster community engagement through dance.
Applicants are encouraged to use funds to pay artist fees, recognizing that for communities to benefit most from artistry, artists must thrive.

Competitive projects will demonstrate a strong artistic vision, thoughtful project planning, and clear plans to engage a specific audience. Funding priority will be given to projects that uplift the cultural activity and aspirations of the community in which they are presented and are created by artists with deep connections to the content and community involved.

Applicants whose work is rooted in the lived experience of Upper Manhattan’s Black, Latinx, Indigenous, immigrant, and other communities of color, as well as those artistically led and producing work by marginalized communities (LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, low income, and/or aging), are strongly encouraged to apply.
More information is available here: Cultural Investments – Seed Fund for Dance — Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (, including an Application FAQ and PDF of the full application. The UMEZ Cultural staff is available to assist all applicants on a one-to-one basis. Applicants may submit questions and/or request a meeting to 


Listing expiration: April 1, 2022.