Leschi Elementary students in grades 2 & 3 rehearsing dance onstage at McCaw Hall.
Leschi Elementary students in grades 2 & 3 rehearsing onstage at McCaw Hall. Photo by Lindsay Thomas.

Arts in Education Partnership Grant

The FY23 Arts in Education Partnership Grant application is CLOSED.

FY24 Grant Guidelines, Support Documents, & Info Session details will be available in early January 2023.

FY24 Important Dates

  • Application Opens: January 25, 2023
  • Application Deadline: March 2, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Notification of Grant Award: by June 16, 2023
  • Grant Funded Activities: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024

About this Grant

ArtsWA’s Arts in Education (AIE) program amplifies and expands arts and cultural learning opportunities for students and educators (PreK-12). This Arts in Education (AIE) Partnership Grant supports arts and cultural programming that is accessible to a diversity of PreK-12 students and families across Washington State. AIE Partnership Grant funds support community partnerships that increase youth access to arts learning through pandemic related recovery efforts and beyond. Eligible arts and cultural learning programs for PreK-12 students can include a focus on dance, theater, music, visual arts, media arts, literary arts, folk and traditional arts, and other interdisciplinary approaches.

The AIE Partnership Grant is

  • Focused on PreK-12 arts learning and community partnerships
  • Focused on public access for PreK-12 students
  • Open to both new and continuing arts education partnerships
  • Open to both in-and out-of-school PreK-12 Arts in Education programming
  • Note: Projects focused on PreK-grade 3 are encouraged to apply for a Creative Start grant here.

Funding Amount

  • $8,000 – $15,000
  • No matching funds required

Application Information

Information below is from FY23 and will be updated with minor adjustments for FY24 in January 2023.

Any Washington State:

  • Public school or school district
  • Tribal, state, or municipal government agency
  • Non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status
  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Political or advocacy organizations
  • Organizations seeking to fund projects or programs that promote religious content or observance
  • Organizations based outside of Washington State

Lead Applicants to the AIE Partnership Grant can partner with a variety of organizations focused on increasing access to arts and cultural learning. Examples of AIE Partnerships can include, but are not limited to:

  • School district applicant partners with an arts organization
  • Tribal agency applicant partners with a non-profit organization
  • City library applicant partners with a school or school district
  • Non-profit organization applicant partners with juvenile justice institution
  • Non-profit organization applicant partners with an arts organization
  • School district applicant partners with a museum education program
  • School arts program applicant partners with local community college poetry program
  • Allowable: Applicants to the AIE Partnership Grant program can apply for and receive other ArtsWA grants if those funds are used to support different expenses and services from those outlined in their AIE Partnership Grant application. This includes:
  • Not Allowable: Applicants may not apply for both the Arts in Education Partnership Grant and Creative Start Grant programs per fiscal year.

Screening for Eligibility

AIE Partnership Grant applications submitted by the deadline are reviewed by ArtsWA staff for completion and eligibility. Complete and eligible applications are sent to a scoring panel for evaluation.

Evaluation and Scoring Panel

A panel of arts education professionals, ArtsWA Commissioners, and staff evaluate eligible AIE Partnership Grant applications. Panelists use the scoring criteria below to give a numerical score to each application. An application’s final score is the combined average of all panelists’ scores. Applicants are awarded grant funds using the ranking score order until available funds are exhausted.

Panelists will assign each AIE Partnership Grant application a score between 0-50 using the criteria and point system below. 50 points is the highest possible score for this grant application.

  1. Project Design: (20 points possible) The proposal describes:
    1. Arts Learning: Student-centered project summary, strategic partnerships, and relevant learning goals for students.
    2. Project Management: project budgeting, staffing plans, partnership commitment, and administrative support that is feasible for project implementation.
  1. Support for Educators and Artists: (10 points possible) The proposal describes:
    1. Clear financial support, adequate planning time, and relevant growth opportunities for contributing educators and artists.
  1. Community Access (20 points possible) The proposal describes:
    1. Planning for Access: focused actions that aim to increase access to arts programming for a diversity of students, educators, and families.
    2. Community and Family Connections: Proposal demonstrates efforts to invite student and family knowledge, culture, language, and experiences into the classroom.

Notification of Grant Award

Notifications are sent to AIE Partnership Grant applicants as soon as possible after the ArtsWA Board of Commissioners meet and approve final panel scores. Notifications will be sent via email no later than June 8, 2022.

AIE Partnership Grant:


AIE Grants Budget Support:

  • Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 4-5pm REGISTER


Can’t attend? Click here to watch a pre-recorded webinar.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this grant, please contact: Tamar Krames, Arts In Education Program Manager, at tamar.krames@arts.wa.gov, 360-643-6385.