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 five avenues of funding available to Award winners: Special Projects, Works in Progress, Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission, Professional Development, and Professional Development partnerships for filmmakers.

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, 2019 – August 31, 2020
Application deadline: May 15, 2019

2019 Applications available January 2019 in the Recipient Only section of the website

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, 2019 – August 31, 2020
Application deadline: May 15, 2019

2019 Applications available January 2019 in the Recipient Only section of the website

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). 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, 2019 – August 31, 2021
Application deadline: April 30, 2019

2019 Applications available Fall 2019 in the Recipient Only section of the website

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 via email and application reminders and guidelines are sent quarterly. The 2017-2018 PDG grant periods and deadlines are:


Grant Period: September - November 2018
Deadline: August 10 | Notification: August 24

Winter 2018 - 2019 - GRANT PERIOD PASSED

Grant Period: December 2018 - February 2019
Deadline: October 19 | Notification: November 16

Spring 2019

Grant Period: March - May 2019
Deadline: January 15 | Notification: February 15

Summer 2019

Grant Period: June-August 2019
Deadline: April 19 | Notification: May 17

Professional Development Partnerships for filmmakers

International Emerging Film Talent/Marché du Film*

Beginning in 2018, PGF-USA partnered with the International Emerging Film Talent Association to provide the opportunity for a Princess Grace Award winner to participate in Marché du Film’s Producers Workshop or Network.

PGF-USA is looking for emerging to mid-career filmmakers, who have completed school, and who have completed a minimum of 2-3 features or short films. The opportunity best serves artists who are currently in the developmental stage of a new project, ideally pro-production. A primary goal of IEFTA during the week at Cannes will be to set meetings for the filmmaker with potential financiers, agents, etc who may be interested in supporting the filmmaker’s project.

IEFTA provides full funding for the Marché du Film including travel and accommodations

*IEFTA grant is currently under review. Updated guidelines and application will be announced in January 2019.

Flaherty Seminar

In 2017 PGF-USA began partnering with the Flaherty Film Seminar to offer Princess Grace Film Award winners the opportunity to participate as a Flaherty Fellow. The Flaherty Film Seminar is a week-long event taking place in June in Hamilton, NY. Fellows attending the Seminar participate in all events, and exclusive opportunities for Fellows include:

  • Masterclass with a distinguished guest filmmaker
  • Curatorial workshop focused on the art of curating/programming
  • Opportunity to meet featured filmmakers and selected participants

Flaherty Film Seminar is open to filmmakers working in all forms of independent film and video.  PGF-USA is looking for emerging to mid-career filmmakers, who have completed school, and who have completed a minimum of 2-3 features or short films. The Fellowship to the Flaherty may best serve artists who are developing new projects and open to creative input or artists who are looking for inspiration.

PGF-USA support provides travel within the USA to Hamilton, NY and room & board at the Seminar.

Upcoming Flaherty Seminar: June 2019
Application deadline: February 18, 2019

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 3-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." Normally only available by invitation to filmmakers in the NYC area, the partnership with PGF-USA is available to Princess Grace Award winning filmmakers nationally.

Artist Academy participants receive NYFF Filmmaker badges, which come with invitations to some events (cocktail parties for the industry, etc.), access to the filmmaker lounge, and complimentary rush tickets to the films themselves.  

The Artist Academy and PGF-USA are looking for emerging filmmakers with some professional experience. The ideal candidate will have completed film school, and have completed 1-2 feature or short films, not including their thesis films. The opportunity is open to filmmakers working in any genre (documentary, narrative, experimental, etc.). 

PGF-USA provides 4 nights of hotel accommodations in conjunction with Artist Academy and for participants who would like to take advantage of the NYFF by staying extra days, PGF-USA can pay for up to 1 additional hotel nights for a total of 5 nights. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to $500, however PGF-USA will do our best to accommodate travel that may be over $500. Please do not let travel costs deter you from applying for this opportunity. 


Next Artist Academy: 3 day event during the first week of New York Film Festival (September 28 - October 14)
Application deadline: July 2019

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.