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).

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CA$H Dance accepts applications from INDIVIDUAL 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.

* INDIVIDUAL 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. Artists applying to CA$H do not need a fiscal sponsor. An application can be submitted by an individual 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 $100,000. CA$H does not require Dance Organizations to be fiscally sponsored or have nonprofit status.

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 INDIVIDUAL ARTIST application if your project is taking place outside the organization’s structure. If you have questions about which category to apply to, contact us.

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, the organization, the community and/or the field (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)

2019 Spring Grant Recipients

$42,000 in grants are being awarded to seven artists and seven dance organizations in support of artistic projects—each grant award is $3,000. CA$H supports artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and creative practices. Projects supported this round feature Hula, Bharatanatyam, performance ritual, Persian, contemporary, Cuban folkloric, and dance works focused on the experiences of artists of color. The 14 Spring 2019 Dance grantees are:


Susana Arenas
Surabhi Bharadwaj
Cherie Hill
Irene Hsi
randy reyes
Liv Schaffer
Keisha Turner


Halau o Keikiali’i
Lenora Lee Dance
NAKA Dance Theater
Sense Object
Shahrzad Dance Academy

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—39 from individual artists and 23 from organizations. The panelists of choreographers and performers who reviewed and awarded grants were Tanya Chianese, India Davis, Chris Evans, Hien Huynh, and Virginia Matthews.

See prior recipients