Students from Blue Heron School worked with teaching artist Margie McDonald in a “Tales, Texts, and Theatre Workshop.” Photo by: David Conklin.
Students from Blue Heron School worked with teaching artist Margie McDonald in a “Tales, Texts, and Theatre Workshop.” Photo by: David Conklin.

FY23 Creative Start Grant

About this Grant

ArtsWA’s Creative Start Grant program seeks to support the creative, academic, and social emotional growth of Washington State’s early learners through arts integration*. This one-year grant is designed to expand professional learning opportunities for early learning educators in arts integration teaching methods. Creative Start Grant funds support collaborative projects between educators, schools, early learning centers, and families that increase innovative and relevant opportunities for teaching and learning through the arts in preschool to 3rd grade classrooms across the state.

*Arts integration is an approach to teaching and learning that connects an arts discipline with non-arts curriculum in a way that meets standards and objectives for both.

The Creative Start Grant is:

  • Focused on arts integration and professional learning
  • Focused on preschool through 3rd grade students and educators
  • Open to Single-Site (one location) or Multi-Site projects
  • Open to new or continuing arts integration projects
  • Note: Non-profit arts and cultural organizations are encouraged to apply for an AIE Partnership Grant here.

Funding Amounts

  • Single-Site: $5,000 – $10,000
  • Multi-Site: $10,000 – $25,000
  • No matching funds required

Important Dates

  • Application Opens: March 10, 2022
  • Applications Deadline: April 14, 2022 at 5:00 pm
  • Grant Notifications: by June 8, 2022
  • Grant Funds Distributed: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023
  • Final Report Due: July 31, 2023

Application Information

Apply Online Via Submittable

Creative Start Grant applications must be submitted through the online grant platform, Submittable. ArtsWA will accept applications in Submittable starting March 10th through April 14th at 5:00 pm.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Creative Start program, please contact: Alexis Sarah, Project Manager: alexis.sarah@arts.wa.gov, 360-228-6359

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