Parachute Fund

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The Parachute Fund provides grants to members of the Bay Area dance community facing HIV/AIDS or other life-threatening illnesses. Since its inception (1987), the Parachute Fund has distributed close to $100,000 to those in need. Requests may be made for essential or non-essential items. Up to $500 possible per request, and $1,500 in a calendar year. An application for support can be submitted on behalf of the recipient. However, the recipient or legal guardian must accept the funds and the responsibility for their use. We hold all application information in strict confidence. There is no application deadline.

The Parachute Fund takes its name from a poem found among the possessions of choreographer Joah Lowe, who died of AIDS.

When you try at the rip cord
And the parachute does not open
And there beneath you lie endless forests And it is plain that you will not be saved
And there is no longer anything to cling to
No longer anyone to be met on the way
Spread your arms softly, like a bird
And enfolding space, fly.
There is no way back, no time to go balmy
And only one solution: the simplest
For the first time to compose yourself
And to fall with the universal void in your embrace.

-Yevgeny Vinokurov

To apply, send the materials listed below to:
Dancers’ Group
Attn: Parachute Fund
44 Gough St, Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94103

Please provide:

  • A brief letter that describes the applicant’s participation in the Bay Area dance community.
  • The amount of financial need ($500 maximum per request), and the intended use for funds (example: help with dance class tuition, rehearsal space, alternative medicines, rent, etc.)
  • The applicant’s address and social security number.
  • The applicant’s medical diagnosis.
  • Written statement from physician confirming the diagnosis.

Contact Wayne Hazzard at 415-920-9181 or

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44 Gough St, Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 920-9181 phone
(415) 920-9173 fax