The Deadline for Spring 2020 applications has closed

The next deadline to apply for a CA$H Grant will be announced late summer or early fall 2020

CA$H Dance is a granting program for individual artists and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. CA$H was designed in 1999 by artists, for artists. The program seeks to support artistic projects that represent the many diversities of Bay Area dance community (race, genre, age, gender, ability, experience, location). CA$H Dance is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Grants for the Arts

Fall 2019 CA$H Dance Grantees

$49,000 in grants were awarded to seven artists and seven dance organizations in support of artistic projects—each grant award is $3,500. The CA$H grant program supports artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and creative practices. Projects supported this round feature Bharatanatyam, dance theater, mothers who have Parkinson’s disease and their adult children, Mexican Zapateado/Tap dance, Japanese-American tradition of bon dances, traditional dance styles from Congo, Haiti, Guinea and Senegal and a film that will explore stories of trans-species survival.

The CA$H program, which has been supporting dance-makers for the past 19 years, is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Grants for the Arts. A peer panel of Bay Area artists met over two days to review 62 applications—38 from individual artists and 24 from organizations. The panelists of choreographers and performers who reviewed and awarded grants were Elizabeth Boubion, Irene Hsi, Sonia Pina, and Shahrzad.


Arnaud Loubayi
Byb Chanel Bibene
Dazaun Soleyn
jose e abad
Octavia Rose Hingle
Stephanie Hewett
Vanessa Sanchez

Read project descriptions


See list of CA$H grantees from 2017 to 2019


CA$H Dance accepts applications from dance artists and dance organizations residing and making work in the Bay Area. The Bay Area includes San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties.

Applying to the CA$H grant program does not require applicants to be fiscally sponsored or have nonprofit status.

Dance Artists must be at least 18 years old. Artists must be able to document in the application at least one work that was presented publicly. An application can be submitted by an artist working with collaborators; these details will be included in the “Project Narrative” and “Artist History” sections.

Dance Organizations must be able to document at least a two-year history, with a minimum of two works that were presented publicly in separate years in the Bay Area. Dance Organizations must have an operational budget under $100,000. If a project is taking place under the umbrella of an organization, submit a dance organization application. If you direct a dance organization, only submit an artist application if your project is taking place outside the organization’s structure.

  • No applications from full time students
  • Applicants can only submit one proposal per granting round
  • CA$H awardees may reapply after sitting out one round as well as submitting a final report on the project for which you were funded

How Decisions are Made

The CA$H program started in 1999 and was designed as an artist-driven program and, in line with that, a peer panel of artists/administrators are assembled to review each round of applications and make granting decisions. It is Dancers’ Group’s commitment to gather a panel that is as diverse as possible (identities, geography, discipline, experience, etc.). Panelists are empowered to interpret the priority criteria through the filter of their own personal experiences and artistic views, while staying true to the guiding principles on which CA$H was founded.

The panelists will review each project based on the following criteria:

  • The project/work will have an impact on the artist or organization (if the artist or organization has broader objectives for the creative activity they can write about community impact- as demonstrated in the Project Narrative)
  • The project/work will result in a tangible creative activity (as demonstrated in the Project Narrative and Budget)
  • The strength of the artistic history and/or potential (as demonstrated in the Project Narrative, Artistic History, Work Sample)


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