About this Grant
K-12 educators and students face many pandemic-related challenges. Schools, educators, and community organizations are working to sustain and reimagine remote, hybrid, and in-person arts programming. This one-year grant supports partnerships between a non-profit organization, a K-12 school, school district, or tribal agency. These partners will increase student access to arts learning through pandemic recovery efforts and beyond.
Note: For past applicants and grantees of the Community Consortium or First Step Grants, this grant is a revised and combined continuation of both programs.
The Fiscal Year (FY)22 AIE Partnership grant is:
- Open to both new and continuing arts education partnerships.
- A one-year grant cycle due to the unique nature of COVID-related recovery needs.
- Open to both in-and out-of-school K-12 Arts in Education programming.
- $8,000 – $15,000
- Matching funds required
- Application Opens: February 25, 2021
- Application Deadline: April 1, 2021 – 5:00 pm
- Notification of Grant Award: May 28, 2021
- When Funds will be Distributed: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
- Final Report Due: July 31, 2022
Any Washington State:
- Public school or school district
- Tribal, state, or municipal government agency
- Non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status
- Organizations seeking to fund projects/programs that promote religious content or observance
- For-profit organizations
- Political or advocacy organizations
- Organizations based outside of Washington State
Screening for Eligibility
Applications submitted by the deadline (April 1, 2021 – 5:00 pm), 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 applications. Panelists use scoring criteria to give a numerical score to each application. An application’s final score is the combined average of all panelists’ scores.
Panelists will assign each application a score between 0-40 using the criteria and point system below. 40 points is the highest possible score for this grant application.
- Project Design: (20 points possible) The proposal describes:
- Arts Learning: student-centered, arts learning project summary.
- Expected Outcomes: methods to track and respond to student and educator learning.
- Partnerships: cross-organization collaboration that increases K-12 student access to arts learning.
- Project Management: adequate staff capacity and a feasible budget to implement the project proposal.
- Learning Communities: (10 points possible) The proposal describes:
- Youth and Family Engagement: methods to integrate student and family input, interests, and learning needs.
- Support for Educators and Artists: appropriate financial support, planning time, and/or professional growth opportunities for contributing educators and artists.
- Access (10 points possible) The proposal describes:
- Student Access: actions that increase access to arts programming for all students.
- Equity: efforts to ensure that curriculum and instruction is relevant to the communities served.
Notification of Award
Notifications are sent to applicants as soon as possible after ArtsWA board of commissioners approval.
- Arts in Education Partnership Grant Info Session 1: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 – 4-5 pm
- Arts in Education Partnership Grant Info Session 2: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 – 4-5 pm
- AIE Budget Support Session 1: Friday, March 19, 2021 – 3-4 pm
- AIE Budget Support Session 2: Friday, March 26, 2021 – 3-4 pm
Apply Online Via ZoomGrants
Applications must be submitted through the ZoomGrants online grant platform. You must use the following custom link button to apply. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on the final deadline date.
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If you have any questions about this grant, please contact: Tamar Krames, Arts In Education Program Manager, at 360-252-9973.