Arts in Education Grants

ArtsWA has a long-standing commitment to arts learning as a necessary element of a basic education. The primary goal of our Arts in Education grants is to strengthen arts education in K-12 public schools statewide.

Our Community Consortium and First Step grants support sustainable arts education practices through collaborations of committed schools, districts, and arts education partners. View a list of current grantees.

We asked an independent consultant, Shawn Bachtler, PhD, to evaluate our Community Consortium grant program during the 2012-2013 school year. The resulting report explores the impact of our investments and the efficacy of the grant program.

Community Consortium Grants

This is the larger of our two Arts in Education grant programs: Community Consortium grants require significant partnership commitments, well-developed approaches for improving arts teaching and learning, and the management capacity for related planning and evaluation. These grants are on a two-year cycle, with annual funding amounts expected to be in the range of $5,000-$20,000.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Applications are now being accepted for funding in Fiscal Years 2016-2017!

The application deadline is March 18, 2015.

Please refer to the complete Guidelines packet, linked below, for full details. Applications are accepted via our Grants Online system; be sure to read the Guidelines prior to starting an account or an application online.

Application Guidelines
Community Consortium Guidelines

Tips for Developing the Application
Grant Writing Tips & Budget Sample

Application Review Process
Eligible applications are reviewed individually and collectively by a panel of arts in education experts using the Community Consortium Review Criteria.


APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

Grant Application Teleconference: February 10th, 2015, 11am-Noon
For new applicants, and all those interested in reviewing the guidelines, review criteria, and application process, plan to participate in our teleconference on February 10th. Click here to register.

Sample Application
As a point of reference, we are sharing one exemplary application from the last application cycle. The applicant information page has been removed; otherwise, this is the complete PDF of the application from the Methow Arts Alliance, submitted in March, 2014. Note that an important characteristic of our Arts in Education grantees is that they are all quite different. This example is here to demonstrate alignment with grant requirements and criteria, but is not meant to suggest that the particular means and approaches of this one grantee are the “right” approaches for other applicants. See Methow Arts Alliance FY2014-15 Community Consortium Grant Application .

FINAL REPORT REQUIREMENT

Arts in Education Grants require a Final Report at the end of every fiscal year. Final Reports for Fiscal Year 2015 must be submitted via the Grants Online system, and must be received by July 31, 2015.

Please read the Final Report Requirements document for further details and guidelines for ArtsWA’s use of program documentation materials.

The Final Report includes:

  • General Information and Statistical Data
  • Narrative Evaluation
  • Final budget
  • Copy of a letter to legislator
  • Evidence of how you measure student learning in the arts
  • Visual documentation of your work (minimum of 2 photos or 1 video clip)
  • Program Documentation (photos, work samples, etc.) – optional but encouraged

Payment of the final grant invoice will not be made until the Final Report is received. In addition, grantees whose final report is not submitted by the July 31 deadline will be subject to a 10 percent funding reduction on a subsequent Arts in Education grant contract.


ABOUT COMMUNITY CONSORTIUM GRANTS

Community Consortium grants support local partners who develop shared goals and implement plans to expand and improve in-school arts education. The partnerships include schools and arts organizations, with buy-in from other community partners, such as local arts agencies, teaching artists, district leaders, parent/family groups, consultants, and local businesses. The grants support arts teaching and learning in K-12 public schools, require alignment with Washington State arts standards, and push for sustainable and systemic change in local school districts.

ArtsWA gives Community Consortia grantees ongoing support through grantee trainings, such as workshops on evaluation and sustainable arts education, and through other professional development opportunities.

Expectations for Community Consortium Programs

The two key outcomes expected of Community Consortium programs are:

  • Arts learning for K-12 students and educators with significant impact, in which students are engaged in deep and long-term experiences, participate in authentic creative processes, and develop creative habits of mind and 21st century skills in addition to arts skills and techniques aligned with Washington State standards in the arts.
     
  • Collaborative effort and joint ownership among consortium partners, in which authentic partnerships result in shared goals and shared responsibilities, and support for meaningful K-12 arts education is built and supported throughout the community.


Criteria for Community Consortium Programs Receiving Grants from ArtsWA

ArtsWA supports Community Consortium programs that strive to meet these key criteria:

  • Specific plans to expand and/or improve in-school arts education for all students
  • Active and committed community partnerships
  • Long-term, sustainable programs and plans
  • District-level support and participation
  • Arts learning goals aligned with Washington State standards in the arts
  • A local focus: responding to local needs/opportunities and developing local resources
  • Effective and sustainable arts education practices in areas including assessment of student learning in the arts, planning, evaluation, budgeting, and advocacy
  • Ongoing work to stay current with arts education best practices, research, and trends

First Step Grants

This is the smaller of our two Arts in Education grant programs: First Step grants have philosophically similar requirements to the Community Consortium Grant, but are designed to support newer and/or smaller projects. These grants are on a one-year cycle, with annual funding amounts expected to be in the range of $1,500-$5,000.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Applications are now being accepted for funding in Fiscal Year 2016!

The application deadline is March 18, 2015.

Please refer to the complete Guidelines packet, linked below, for full details. Applications are accepted via our Grants Online system; be sure to read the Guidelines prior to starting an account or an application online.

Application Guidelines
First Step Guidelines

Tips for Developing the Application
Grant Writing Tips & Budget Sample

Application Review Process
Eligible applications are reviewed individually and collectively by a panel of arts in education experts using the First Step Review Criteria.


APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

Sample Application
As a point of reference, we are sharing one exemplary application from the last application cycle. The applicant information page has been removed; otherwise, it is the complete PDF of the application from the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, submitted in March, 2015. Note that an important characteristic of our Arts in Education grantees is that they are all quite different. This example is here to demonstrate alignment with grant requirements and criteria, but is not meant to suggest that the particular means and approaches of this one grantee are the “right” approaches for other applicant. See San Juan Islands Museum of Art FY2015 First Step Grant Application.
 

FINAL REPORT REQUIREMENT

Arts in Education Grants require a Final Report at the end of every fiscal year. Final Reports for Fiscal Year 2015 must be submitted via the Grants Online system, and must be received by July 31, 2015.

Please read the Final Report Requirements document for further details and guidelines for ArtsWA’s use of program documentation materials.

The Final Report includes:

  • General Information and Statistical Data
  • Narrative Evaluation
  • Final budget
  • Copy of a letter to legislator
  • Program Documentation (photos, work samples, etc.) – optional but encouraged

Payment of the final grant invoice will not be made until the Final Report is received. In addition, grantees whose final report is not submitted by the July 31 deadline will be subject to a 10 percent funding reduction on a subsequent Arts in Education grant contract.


ABOUT FIRST STEP GRANTS

First Step grants support newer or more limited arts education partnerships than do the Community Consortia grants. The two programs share the philosophy of community partnerships and long-term goals of building and sustaining arts education in local schools

First Step grants provide funding to arts organizations, schools, nonprofits, and government agencies committed to building community partnerships that improve the quality and quantity of arts education for K-12 students in public schools in Washington State. First Step grants may support a variety of steps towards improving teaching and learning in the arts, including curriculum development and improvement; assessment development and training; professional development for either classroom teachers, local artists, or both; and arts lessons in the classrooms led by professional teaching artists.

Goals of the First Step Grants

The key goals of First Step grants are to:

  • Engage school and district leadership, arts organizations, and community members in support of K-12 arts education.
  • Encourage and support arts education partnerships that are either newer, or smaller, or both so that the partnership foundations will be strengthened and work can be sustained into the future.
  • Support initiatives that are working toward long-term, participatory, and meaningful arts learning experiences for all students, rather than programs that focus on one-time exposure or enrichment activities, or short-term projects with limited student engagement.
  • Support identification and implementation of the most needed “first steps” towards this vision of high quality, sustainable arts education programming. 

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Professional Development Grants

Professional Development Support (PDS) mini-grants help professional arts educators associated with ArtsWA Arts in Education programs to attend conferences and trainings that improve their ability to contribute to arts education. Eligible applicants are key partners in Community Consortia or First Step grants, or teaching artists currently included on the ArtsWA Roster of Teaching Artists.

The grant (maximum $500) can be used to cover up to 50 percent of the total cost of attending the training. A cash match is required. Grant funds can pay for registration fees, travel, lodging, materials fees, and other costs directly related to the training.

Complete details and funding criteria are outlined in the PDS guidelines. To obtain the PDS guidelines and application form, contact Lisa Jaret, Arts in Education Program Manager.



 


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