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We offer annual funding opportunities for Society Members to support projects that broaden access opportunities in their local community and further support our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiative.

Are you a Society member who is passionate about providing opportunities for people to engage in dance? Do you have a new project idea, or have you already started a project that you would like to develop which supports the principle of broadening access to dance? 

You could receive up to £2,000 by applying for either our Sue Passmore Award or the Broadening Access to Dance Award.


Project Funding Opportunities

Sue Passmore Award 

The Sue Passmore Award, of up to £2000 per award, honours the significant contribution of our former Chair and Trustee of over 20 years and will be awarded to a recently qualified dance teacher (within five years of achieving their first Society teaching qualification).

Project Funding Opportunities

Broadening Access to Dance Award

The Broadening Access to Dance Award of up to £2000 per award will be awarded to a teacher who has held their Society teaching qualification for more than five years.


Free event

An introduction to ISTD project funding opportunities

This introductory session with Q&A will talk you through the funding opportunities available for Society Members to support projects that broaden access opportunities in their local community and further support our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiative.

More info

Both awards are designed to fund creative and innovative approaches to broadening access to dance and applicants will be encouraged to identify CPD or a mentor contribution to support the successful delivery of their project. Upon completion, recipients will share the outcome of their project with members.

Two awards will be made annually in each category and applications are welcome from the UK and International members.

Applications will take the form of a project proposal and will open annually in the autumn; application opening dates will vary each year.


To apply

Applications are now closed and will open 12pm BST 25 July 2024 – 12pm GMT 30 October 2024.

An online application form will be available to complete during this time. You can find more information about the process to apply and the information you’ll need to provide in the guidance notes available to download from this webpage.


Further information 

Our guidance notes provide detailed information about the eligibility criteria, application form, and process; we recommend that those wishing to apply read through these carefully before completing the application form. Please download the guidance notes here.

Ideas can be completely new or an extension or development of a current project, however, funding cannot be used to reimburse activity that has taken place before the application outcome is received by the applicant.

Suitable ideas may include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing dance classes or workshops for local schools, nurseries, care homes, SEN schools, community groups, etc.
  • A collaborative project with other schools or groups that broadens access to dance.
  • Providing opportunities to dance for people that otherwise wouldn’t be able to access a dance class.
  • Taking dance to new audiences or into unusual spaces and settings.
  • Collaborating with other art forms to create a cross-artform performance.

To be eligible to apply for the awards, applicants must:

  • Hold membership that is paid up to date.
  • Hold a Society teaching qualification.
  • Submit their completed application by the deadline.

Further criteria regarding the application can be found in the guidance notes. 

Applications are welcome from Society members only and must include a clear project proposal and accompanying budget, outlining how the project will support the principle of broadening access to dance and what the funds will be used for.

Successful applicants will be required to evidence spend, complete an evaluation and share the outcome of their project with society members. 

If you have any questions, please email