Call for Applications: 2022 NYS Choreographers’ Initiative (New York)

The NYS Choreographers’ Initiative (NYSCI) – formerly the WNY Choreographers’ Initiative – is a program of the NYS DanceForce, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

Donor Name: NYS DanceForce

States:  New York

Counties: Albany County (NY), Allegany County (NY), Broome County (NY), Cattaraugus County (NY), Cayuga County (NY), Chautauqua County (NY), Chemung County (NY), Chenango County (NY), Clinton County (NY), Columbia County (NY), Cortland County (NY), Delaware County (NY), Dutchess County (NY), Erie County (NY), Essex County (NY), Franklin County (NY), Fulton County (NY), Genesee County (NY), Greene County (NY), Hamilton County (NY), Herkimer County (NY), Jefferson County (NY), Lewis County (NY), Livingston County (NY), Madison County (NY), Monroe County (NY), Montgomery County (NY), Nassau County (NY), Niagara County (NY), Oneida County (NY), Onondaga County (NY), Ontario County (NY), Orange County (NY), Orleans County (NY), Oswego County (NY), Otsego County (NY), Putnam County (NY), Rensselaer County (NY), Saratoga County (NY), Schenectady County (NY), Schoharie County (NY), Schuyler County (NY), Seneca County (NY), Steuben County (NY), Suffolk County (NY), Tioga County (NY), Tompkins County (NY), Warren County (NY), Washington County (NY), Wayne County (NY), Wyoming County (NY), Yates County (NY)

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/05/2022

Grant Size: $2,500


The goal of the NYS Choreographers’ Initiative is to develop and support choreographic talent in the WNY, Central NY, Capital District/North County and Hudson Valley/Long Island regions of New York State.

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • artistic excellence
  • project excellence
  • potential impact of this opportunity on the artist’s development

Funding Information

  • Choreographer stipend – $2,500
  • Mentor stipend – $2,000
  • Up to $6,500 in support for dancers’ fees, studio rental, documentation & travel expenses.

Eligibility Criteria

Preference is given to those applicants who:

  • have produced at least one full evening of work or three or more shared bills within the past five years.
  • select a mentor who is a New York State resident.


  • Limited to choreographers who reside in the 55 eligible counties of New York State.
  • Current NYS DanceForce members are not eligible to apply as choreographers; they can participate as mentors.
  • Western New York Choreographers’ Initiative grant recipients are not eligible to apply for two years subsequent to their award year.
  • Matriculated students are not eligible.

For more information, visit NYSCI