Retraining Grants

Questions and Inquiries:


  1. October 1st
  2. February 1st
  3. June 1st

Grant applications will only be accepted at the designated times, and must be made no later than 24 months from the date of the dancer’s last performance.
All grants are subject to financial availability.


  • Maximum of $6,000 per member throughout the duration of their membership.

About The Grant

Retraining Grants help members pursue studies leading to parallel or second careers. They may be used towards the costs of tuition, books, course supplies and travel (if necessitated by the course).

Through DTRC Retraining Grants, dancers have entered careers as diverse as osteopathy, education, horticulture, dance notation, woodworking, film, veterinary technology, translation, library and information technology, medicine and psychology.

The DTRC also offers Subsistence Grants (FTS-I) (FTS-II), which may be used to cover basic living costs while in full-time retraining. If the dancer is eligible, they can choose to apply for both grants at the same time.


  • A minimum of 6 years of professional performance,
    • 4 of which were spent in Canada and at least 28 years of age
    • A minimum of 8 years of professional performance, 4 of which were spent in Canada and no age restriction.
  • Fully paid member in good standing for at least 5 consecutive years
  • Must have danced a minimum of 36 months during the 6 year minimum period

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


  • Maximum of $6,000 per member throughout the duration of their membership.

Application Process

  1. Members wishing to apply for a Retraining Grant must notify the DTRC of their intention well in advance of the application deadline.
  2. Members are required to complete and submit the Retraining Grant Application Form.
  3. Once the application has been approved, members can request reimbursement for the costs of the course(s)/supplies.

Eligible Costs

  • Tuition, books, supplies and travel (if necessitated by course).

Grant Payments and Reimbursements

Skills, Career Exploration and Retraining Grants

Once your grant has been approved, you may receive your funding or reimbursement in one of two ways:

1. Submit receipts for reimbursement

Receipts must clearly indicate what they are for and that the amount being requested has been paid in full. Along with your receipts, please submit a note which summarizes the enclosed receipts, states the amount expected to be reimbursed and confirms your current mailing address.

2. Have your training institution invoice the DTRC directly

If you would like the DTRC to pay your institution directly, they must invoice us.
A sponsorship letter can be provided to the institution upon request.

Retraining Grants Inquiry Form

Members are required to complete the Online Application Intent Form below.

PDF application forms will be emailed out by request.

DTRC staff will be in touch once we receive your intake form.