Community Consortium Grants

Methow Arts Alliance - Twisp, WA

Community Consortium grants support partnerships between schools and arts organizations who are working together to develop, implement, and evaluate high quality arts learning programs for students in K-12 schools, as part of the regular school day. These grants can also support professional development for arts education providers, or foundation-building initiatives such as community-wide surveys or curriculum development. This program does not support extra-curricular arts education, or programs that provide one-time exposure to an arts event. Grant amounts are expected to range from $5000 to $18,000; matching funds from the applicant are required.

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.

These outcomes relate to broader public value outcomes, such as strengthening K-12 education and supporting healthy communities.

Application Information

Applications for FY20 and FY21 are now open! The application deadline is March 20, 5:00pm, 2019.


Community Consortium Application Guidelines
FY20-21 Community Consortium Guidelines

Community Consortium Review Criteria 
FY20-21 Community Consortium Review Criteria

Equity and Access Resources 
Equity and Access Resources

Tips for Developing the Application Narrative & Budget
Grant Writing Tips and Budget Sample

Additional Arts Education Research and Resources
Arts Education Research and Resources

APPLY ONLINE: Applications are accepted via ZoomGrants, our new online application portal. Be sure to read the Guidelines prior to beginning the online application process. Applications are now closed for FY20.

*Please note, we recomment using Firefox, Chrome, or Safari for accessing ZoomGrants. We do not recommend using Internet Explorer.

WEBINAR: On February 19 2019, we held a FY20 Grant Application Webinar. To access the recording, click here. The Webinar covers key components of the application guidelines, the review criteria, and the application process, along with how to access and use the ZoomGrants system.

Sample Application

As a point of reference, we are sharing one exemplary application from a recent 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. Also note that guidelines and criteria have been updated since this application was submitted.

See Methow Arts Alliance FY2014-15 Community Consortium Grant Application.

Final Reports

All Arts in Education grants require a final report. The deadline for FY19 grants is July 31, 2019.
Please read more about the final report requirements here.

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