Our Commitment to Princess Grace Award Winners

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA maintains a long-term commitment to its Award winners. Recognizing that an artist will continue to need both financial support and encouragement as they pursue their craft, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA offers continuing grants to Award winners. Currently there are six avenues of funding available to Award winners: Special Projects, Works in Progress, Professional Development, Artist Academy, and Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission.

PGF-USA also offers the Statue Awards, recognizing Award winners who have made significant artistic contributions to their field. 

A brief description of each grant is listed below. Applications and examples of successful applications are available in the Recipient Only section of the website.


Special Projects

In 2003, the Arts Advisory Board (AAB) created the Special Project grant to provide Princess Grace Award winners with the opportunity to return to the Foundation with project-specific funding requests. The AAB looks to fund projects that offer unique, consequential artistic opportunities at a critical juncture in an artist’s career. The AAB expects that an artistic career will include staging new work, creating new films, choreographing new pieces, etc., and it considers these projects part of the natural artistic development. In contrast, the Special Project grant supports projects that challenge and nurture artistic growth.

Next available grant period: September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018
Application deadline: May 15, 2017

Works in Progress

In 2008, the AAB entered into a partnership with the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) to provide further support for Princess Grace Award winners. The aim of this alliance is to provide Princess Grace Award winners the opportunity for creative experimentation without the pressure to produce a final, finished product. This aligns seamlessly with the mission of BAC, which serves as “an international center for artistic experimentation and collaboration, providing unique opportunities for the professional development of emerging and mid-career artists from around the world and across disciplines.” The Works in Progress residency is open to Princess Grace Award winners who are exploring and/or working on projects of a multi-media or interdisciplinary nature. Specifically, the residency with BAC in New York City gives Princess Grace Award-winning artists the space and resources for an incubation period to develop a particular project. The residency enables the artist to explore, experiment, and push the boundaries of his/her work in an environment that focuses on process over product.

Next available grant period: September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018
Application deadline: May 15, 2017

Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission

The AAB, sensing a consistent need in the dance field for time and space to perform, as well as the opportunity and platform to work with a mentor to help choreographers grow artistically, created the Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission (CMCC). Partnering with a small number of dance organizations throughout the United States with a history of residency and mentorship, the grant provides Princess Grace Award winners a residency opportunity that focuses on the development of a new work and the opportunity to work with a mentor who will help the choreographer. The goal is to provide Princess Grace Award winners time, space and guidance to work on a choreographic vision, and see that vision realized in a performance.

Next available grant period: September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2019
Application deadline: May 1, 2017

Professional Development

Recognizing that artists need to continue learn new skills and hone their artistic crafts, Professional Development grants provide funding to Princess Grace Award winners for opportunities such as seminars, classes, or conferences to develop capacity and knowledge in artistic development and/or arts management. Princess Grace Award winners are invited to seek out opportunities that will help strengthen their sustainability in the arts marketplace by developing a new artistic skill set, marketing and promotion efforts, and increasing management capacity.

Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. The 2016-2017 PDG grant periods and deadlines are:

Fall 2016

Grant Period: September-November 2016
Deadline: August 3, 2016 (deadline passed)

Winter 2016-2017

Grant Period: December 2016-February 2017
Deadline: October 14, 2016 (deadline passed)

Spring 2017

Grant Period: March-May 2017
Deadline: January 13, 2017 (deadline passed)

Summer 2017

Grant Period: June-August 2017
Deadline: April 14, 2017

Artist Academy

In 2015, PGF-USA developed a partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and their Artist Academy program. Artist Academy is a 2-day event, which takes place during the New York Film Festival, and affords participating artists the opportunity to attend a series of seminars and talks given by experts in the field. The goals, as stated by the Film Society, are to "introduce filmmakers to a solid peer network and to inspire creativity through relevant case studies and candid conversations with established artists." Artist Academy is normally available by invitation only for filmmakers in NY, but through the partnership with PGF-USA, the Artist Academy is also available to Princess Grace Award-winning filmmakers based outside of the region.

Next Artist Academy: Fall 2017, exact dates TBD
Application deadline: Summer 2017, exact date TBD

Statue Award

The Princess Grace Statue Award, established in 1985, recognizes past Award winners who have made significant contributions to their chosen artistic field of theater, dance or film since receiving their initial Award. There is no formal application for the Statue Awards; decisions are made internally by the Arts Advisory Board. Statue Award winners are honored at the Princess Grace Awards Gala.