Update May 26, 2023:

Due to a high volume of grant requests in 2023, several of our funds are tapped out for the year. We are still accepting grant requests for initiatives related to leadership training and training for English country dance musicians.

Funding for community events, projects, and publications featuring participatory dance, music, or song

CDSS grants help

  • create new participatory music, dance, and song events (including series, weekends, and week-long programs)
  • boost existing participatory series or events
  • train callers, musicians, singers, and organizers (including equity and anti-racism training)
  • encourage youth involvement
  • publish instruction materials (print, web, audio, video)
  • conduct and disseminate research on traditional dance, music, and song
  • sponsor attendance at non-CDSS programs for training purposes
  • create related endeavors that will have a lasting effect on dance, music, and song communities

Eligible applicants

  • Individuals and organizations promoting traditional dance, music, and/or song with English and North American roots
  • All are welcome to apply. Preference is given to applicants who have not previously received funding and to CDSS Members and Affiliates.

Funding requests

  • Up to $500 (occasional larger grants for projects with a broad impact)
  • For program-related expenses (callers, musicians, workshop leaders, etc.) rather than operational expenses (publicity, supplies, etc.)

For questions about the suitability of your application, contact resources@cdss.org.

When to apply

  • For events: 1-2 months before starting your publicity
  • For other projects: 1-2 months before funding is needed
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Requirements for recipients

Click here to find out about requirements for grant recipients, including logo usage.

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You will be notified when we receive your application. If you have not received notification within a few days, contact resources@cdss.org.

Recent Recipients

  • Burlington Family Contra Dance

    Burlington Family Contra Dance

    Burlington, VT
    Creating a community family contra dance for all ages and abilities
    Funded by the May Gadd/Phil Merrill Fund

  • The Marley Project

    The Marley Project

    archiving the full set of historic Marley family dances, from the Vaudeville era
    Funded by the Anthony G. Barrand Research Fund

  • Workshop participants working together at table

    Make Every Space Safer in Trad Music Communities

    Nasons, VA
    Creating a set of community agreements that people in our music communities can commit to

  • Family dance at the New England Carousel Museum

    New England Carousel Museum

    Bristol, CT
    Hosting a family dance
    Funded by the May Gadd/Phil Merrill Fund

  • Workshop participants sit in a circle

    Madison Contra Collective

    Madison, WI
    Hosting an open band workshop for the Madison Contra Collective Band
    Funded by the Mary Kay Friday Leadership Training Fund

  • Stars in the Rafters

    Stars in the Rafters

    Brattleboro, VT
    Creating a podcast to provide comfort and community connections through traditional music, song, and poetry

  • DanceFlurry

    DanceFlurry Organization

    Albany, NY
    Participating in online diversity, equity, and inclusion training

  • Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts

    Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts

    Northampton, MA
    Providing online lessons with New England musicians

  • Participants in the Bloomington Callers Workshop, 2021

    Bloomington Old-Time Music and Dance Group

    Bloomington, IN
    Hosting a workshop for new contra dance callers
    Funded by the Mary Kay Friday Leadership Training Fund

  • Raise the Rafters

    Raise the Rafters

    Rhododendron, OR
    Creating a youth-oriented traditional singing event in the Pacific Northwest
    Funded by the May Gadd/Phil Merrill Fund

CDSS grants are funded by our incredible community of donors.