Full-Time Study Subsistence Grant - I

"The award was a vote of confidence and helped me as much psychologically as financially." - Rhonda Cooper, Physiotherapist


(Member Service)

Subsistence funding is available to cover basic living costs while members are in full-time retraining programs. The Full-Time Study Subsistence Grant - I (FTS-I) was created for dancers who will be retiring from performance at the end of their retraining program.


 1. A minimum of 10 years of professional performance, 5 of which were spent in Canada**
 2. At least 28 years of age
 3. Fully paid member in good standing for at least 5 consecutive years
 4. Must have danced a minimum of 60 months during the 10 year minimum period
 5. Are permanently retiring from performing

Exemptions may be made if the member must cease their professional dance career for medical reasons

**Please note: Members prior to Sept. 1, 2008 - same as above, with the following exception:
1. A minimum of 7 years of professional performance, 5 of which were spent in Canada


Up to $18,000 (at $1,500 per month) while in a full-time retraining program. The grant must be completed within a maximum 18-month consecutive period.
For those dancers who have residual performing contracts to fulfill, and must pursue their full-time studies intermittently, subsistence may be extended up to a maximum of 36 months. The total disbursement will not exceed the maximum $18,000 outlined above.


The monthly subsistence amount is to cover basic living costs.

Application Process

Members wishing to apply for an FTS-I Grant must notify the DTRC of their intention in advance of the application deadline. Members are required to complete and submit the FTS-I Application Form


October 1st, February 1st and June 1st

Special Awards

Dancers who have completed one year under an FTS-I grant may apply for discretionary second and third year awards (Special Awards)


Members receiving an FTS-I Grant are required to sign agreement of permanent retirement.

Grant Application Guidelines

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