The grant is described as a "general support grant," but it will apparently not be used to help relaunch DTH's performing company, which has been dormant since fall 2004. Instead, it will fund DTH's school and its education and outreach programs.
The school, the company said, would use the money to expand, recruiting new faculty and creating a curriculum for use in schools in New York City and elsewhere.
Founder and artistic director Arthur Mitchell, noting that the Ford Foundation had helped launch the company in 1969, said, "We are honored by their continued recognition of the importance and relevance of DTH's mission, especially during today's turbulent times."
Executive director Laveen Naidu said, "Not only will [the grant] enable DTH to offer more opportunities to young people, this four-year commitment of one million dollars provides a strong foundation as we build into the future and anticipate the return of our professional company."