The Dancers’ Fund

Financial Assistance for Chicago’s Professional
Dance Community

The Dancers’ Fund provides financial assistance (grants) to dance community professionals dealing with critical health and other issues creating a significant financial, emergency, or catastrophic hardship. Although this program was created in response to the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the dance community, our mission has now broadened. The fund offers assistance in, but not limited to, the following areas: housing, utilities, insurance, medication and travel.

Designed to help qualified individuals meet their financial obligations while dealing with life issues and hardship, The Dancers’ Fund is available to Chicago-based, professionally trained working dancers and those whose primary source of income is derived by serving the dance community.

Qualified individuals include, but are not limited to:

  • Dancers in a professional dance company
  • Choreographers
  • Dance company full-time administration/production/technical personnel
  • Full-time dance instructors
  • Freelance dancers
  • Musical theatre chorus dancers
  • Full-time class/rehearsal piano accompanists

How The Dancers’ Fund Works

Please note that this is a temporary assistance fund, not intended for long-term support. The grant is paid directly to the collector. Each case is reviewed on an individual basis by a committee comprised of the executive director and board members of Chicago Dancers United. The board reserves the right to alter, amend, modify and change the purpose, categories of assistance, limitations on assistance, eligibility and documentation at any time.

Chicago Dancers United does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

The application is available here: Dancers Fund Application. For additional information or if you have any questions, please call Phil Reynolds at 312-922-5812 or email