For most dancers who lead sessions in community settings there are often
multiple sources of funding - from the paying public, to work brokered for you
by a dance agency or sports centre, or work that you pitch for yourself via
local funding schemes. Contact your local authorities and find out about their
priorities and ways they are meeting them across family, health and social care
departments as well as making relationships with an arts/cultural department if
there is one.
Quite often dance will meet community needs in a variety of
ways, and as long as you are willing to embark on a process of demonstrating how
your dance sessions work with people to increase their sense of health,
wellbeing, social engagement and cohesion as well as making dance happen with
people, then you will often be able to get funds for projects designed by you in
this way. It is worth networking locally to find out what smaller schemes might
be happening that could benefit you in your area and we also keep you up to date
in our funding section.
The national lottery also provides funds for a lot of community dance and arts, though Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts programme, the Big Lottery Fund, and
Awards for All (for
small grants of up to £10,000).