Dance & Movement Grant Initiative

Born to Russian parents, Marina Svetlova (1922-2009) was a French and American ballerina. In addition to her accomplished dancing career, Svetlova was also a teacher and choreographer. Svetlova joined the IU School of Music and its Ballet Department in 1970 and was named department chair later that year, a role she held until her retirement in 1992. Svetlova lived in Bloomington until her death on February 11, 2009.

Through the Dance & Movement Grant Initiative funded by the Marina Svetlova Fund for Dance, the Foundation seeks to provide support for community-based, nonprofit programs and organizations that promote the art of dance in various forms. Priority programs will be those that support ballet or contemporary dance as well as those that provide dance or movement opportunities, especially for youth, seniors, or disabled persons. 

Examples of eligible grants include but are not limited to: education, instruction, choreography, performance, capital expenses for facilities and equipment, funding for performance or instruction space, funding for guest instructors and performers, programs that promote movement and dance for those with disabilities, and opportunities for the community to experience dance from world cultures. 

The amount of the individual grants will range from $5,000 to $25,000.  

Grants will be made to local 501(c)(3) nonprofits and organizations that are exempt from filing for a 501(c)(3) status.  This includes units of government, school corporations, and religious organizations.  Impact grants may be awarded to religious organizations for programs that are non-proselytizing and do not promote religious doctrine or instruction.  In limited situations, CFMBC may be able to grant to other types of organizations that are serving a charitable purpose but do not have a 501(c)(3) status. To confirm eligibility, please contact Marcus Whited at [email protected] or (812) 333-9016.

Eligible Grant Expenses

CFBMCF typically does not fund requests for general operating support only.  Direct costs for implementing the project or program are eligible grant expenses.


  • March 29 – May 15, 2023 Grant application portal open 
  • May 15, 2023, at 11:59 pm Grant application deadline

Application Preparation

The application will include the following components:

  • General organization information
  • 501(c)3 verification – IRS Letter of Determination
  • Most recent IRS 990
  • Organization’s annual operating budget
  • Program description (including one-page open narrative)
  • Program Logic Chart
  • Program Budget

Other Key Details

Collaborative projects involving more than one organization are welcomed. However, there must be a lead organization that would submit the grant application, complete a grant agreement, receive funding and provide reporting.

The grant funding period is expected to last as many as 18 months, although most grants funded through this initiative are expected to be completed within a year.

It is expected that grant distributions will be provided on a reimbursement basis, with CFBMC making every effort to reimburse expenses in a timely manner.  In rare but necessary cases, it is possible that funding may be provided up-front.

Please direct any questions regarding this grantmaking initiative to CFBMC Program Director Marcus Whited at [email protected] or 812-333-9016.