Community Consortium Grants
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.
The application deadline for the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 cycle was on March 20, 2017.
Guidelines and applicattion materials for the FY2020-2021 cycle will be available in January/February 2019.
Below are the application materials from the last cycle, which remain posted here as a point of reference.
Community Consortium Application Guidelines
FY18-19 Community Consortium Guidelines
Equity and Access Resources - New This Year
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
Community Consortium Review Criteria
FY18-19 Community Consortium Review Criteria
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.
All Arts in Education grants require a final report. The deadline for FY18 grants is July 31, 2018.
Please read more about the final report requirements here.