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Grants for Art and Music Education

Posted by Lauren Albright on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 @ 12:09 PM

Grants for Art and Music Education
Arts Education
“Where words fail, music speaks.”
–Hans Christian Andersen

“A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.”
-Eugene Ionesco

It is well established that art and music education help students develop and excel in many important physical, mental, and social learning aspects.
Yet these education programs are often the first on the chopping block when federal, state, and school organizations struggle with dwindling education budgets. For those schools and teachers struggling to maintain crucial art and music programs due to financial constraints, grants are one of many great resources for support.

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The National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funds new and existing projects that promote the arts. NEA grants are available to non-profit organizations, state or local government agencies, school districts, and federally-recognized tribal communities or tribes; all applicant entities must have at least a three-year prior history of arts programming.

Two of the NEA’s four annual grants are currently open for the 2018 cycle: 

  • Art Works Grant: This grant funds projects that explore how art relates to and enriches various cultures and their beliefs and values. Award amounts are typically between $10,000 and $100,000, and grant awardees must cost share/match the award amount. This grant typically has two deadlines annually: one in late February and one in late July.
  • Challenge America Grant: This grant supports projects that make the arts more available to underprivileged individuals and areas. Award amounts are for up to $10,000, and grant awardees must cost share / match the award amount. The deadline for this grant usually in late April.

The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

In the spirit of its namesake 1995 movie about the inspiring effects of high school music education programs, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation offers instrument grants to low-income or otherwise underprivileged schools. Grants are typically provided either to minimize or eliminate instrument sharing or to replace aging, ineffective instruments. Applications are by invitation only. Please review the Foundation’s website for more information on school eligibility requirements and to contact the Foundation for further information about becoming an invited grant applicant.

Lily Sarah Grace

This organization’s Stepping Stone Grant provides funding to K-5 educators who want to integrate the arts into their existing classroom curricula. All program proposals must follow Lily Sarah Grace’s distinctive “Arts-infused, inquiry-based learning” model (AIIBL), which focuses on five critical aspects or outcomes of art-integration in the classroom: community, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication. All K-5, Title I schools / educators are eligible to apply for these small grants of up to $450.  The application deadline is typically at the end of April each year. For more information on the Stepping Stone Grant’s unique requirements, including the grant proposal rubric, please visit the website link above.

The Crewe Foundation

The Crew Foundation provides monetary support for initiatives that help underprivileged children identify and develop their artistic and musical talents. Only non-profit organizations in the state of Maine that have existing, devoted fine arts or music programs may apply. Applications are due December 31st of each year, decisions are made by April 30th of the following year, and funds are subsequently dispersed between June 30th and September 30th.

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Need money, supplies, or other resources to help keep the arts and music alive in your school? The Grant Helpers can assist you in your grant search and application process.  Contact us today for a free consultation to get started.

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Grants for Art Education

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 17:12 PM

We consistently receive requests to help teachers and principals improve their arts education programs with grant funding. Below we have outlined four hand-picked grants that may help fund your prog2380333875_57c27a15f8_q.jpgrams as well.

Crayola Creative Leadership Grants

This manufacturer’s foundation provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Grants must be submitted by a principal who is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). To be eligible, your school must form a collaborative team to create unique ways to infuse creativity in the school. Your team’s plans must then be outlined in the application, which can be submitted anytime between now and June 23, 2017. Applications submitted before June 5, 2017 will receive a free Crayola Classpack. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) will receive $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000. Grant awards are announced at the end of October. A winner in 2016, Monett Intermediate School in Missouri, will use its grant to collaborate with the school district’s regional technology center, the community, and local business partners to meet its needs for future designers and problem solvers. Monett will create coaching videos that show how design thinking and mobile maker spaces can enrich learning.

Mary Lou Anderson Grant

Sponsored by the National PTA, the Mary Lou Anderson Grant is a $1,000 award in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects in a school. Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the literary, media, visual, and/or performing arts for at-risk or underserved audiences. Arts projects must actively engage families and community partners to strengthen family-school partnerships. Eligible applicants must be a PTA in good standing, as determined by the state PTA. Three grants were awarded in 2016. Applications for the 2017 grants are due between Jan. 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017.

Buckley Moss Foundation

For educators who need assistance to further their in-school program goals, the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education has grants available to teachers who integrate visual art into their classroom curricula, for up to $1,000. Only new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming are eligible. The purpose is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children who learn differently. Before-school, after-school, day-care, or Saturday arts programs are not eligible. Deadlines for 2017 have not been released yet though this year applications were accepted in May through September. Check back on the website for more information.  A teacher in Mobile, Ala. received a $1,000 award this year to provide art instruction to students who are not currently benefitting from art education and how art relates to other subjects.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

This foundation believes that an effective arts education can nurture a lifelong interest in the arts and reach a broad group of students at an important time in their development. Only California schools and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Art programs in school, after school, and out of school are fundable programs. The foundation also awards grants to raise awareness among parents and educators, develop research to inform policymakers, and help set priorities and standards for arts education in schools. Additionally, grants are also given pre-professional training organizations. In 2016, 29 grants were awarded. One recipient was the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra, a winner of $750,000 for general operating support. Grants are accepted throughout the year.


Grants are available for a wide variety of education subjects, not just arts education. We can help you fund bullying programs, technology improvements, safety concerns, and other educational subject matters as well. Contact us today to get started. The first consultation is always free.

 

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Education Grants, Blog Three: Art and Music Grants (Part Two)

Posted by Mary Ross on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 15:03 PM

Many schools have been forced to make cuts to their art and music programs due t15165315148_fc51d7e403_q.jpgo a lack of state funding. Grant funding can help address the funding issue, with several grant opportunities available. Part One of this series listed a few examples. In this, the second part of the art and music grants blog, we will explore more foundations trying to help maintain and enhance the fine arts.

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation supports both in-class and extra-curricular arts programs for students. Their goal is to “nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households.” The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation supports enrichment programs in several unique ways. Grants of up to $10,000, given for up to three years, and can be used for materials, time, and transportation. These grants are directed at grades pre-K to 12 from low-income households. All non-profits are eligible to apply and should be ready to collaborate with the foundation on the nature of the project and funding. A 2015 grant recipient used the money to fund an Art History Enrichment Club at a school. Apply online by April 15.

The Wallace Foundation

Grants are awarded in five categories: School Leadership, After School, Summer and Expanded LearningArts Education, and Audience Development for the Arts. Details about these categories can be found here. Although the Wallace Foundation prefers to solicit their own grantees, they do accept proposals from organizations who fit their beliefs and guidelines. A letter of inquiry may be submitted by email giving information about the project, organization, and costs associated with the plan. These emails should be directed to: grantrequest@wallacefoundation.org. The Wallace Foundation also offers a free newsletter detailing their work and a “Knowledge Center” offering ideas for education and projects.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Primarily concerned with the performing arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded 3,129 grants for a total of $1,221,984,743. The core concern of the foundation is in higher education, arts and cultural heritage, diversity, communication, and international education and projects These grants range in amount and purpose, but a list can be seen at their grant database. Guidelines for five different categories of grants can also be found on their website. If your project is of interest to the foundation, their staff will work with you to refine your proposal into something the foundation supports. Be sure to read the guidelines carefully before submitting your letter of inquiry.      

 


 

These are three possible grant opportunities within the arts education arena. When you are ready to move forward on one of these grants, or if you are looking to fund something else, consider TheGrantHelpers.com. We can help you find the grant that fits you best with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.

 

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Education Grants, Blog Three: Art and Music Grants (Part One)

Posted by Mary Ross on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 @ 17:03 PM

As state governments struggle more and more with balancing budgets, an area that 16351705110_0947d75751_q.jpgoften loses funding the quickest is art and music education. There are, however, private foundations that understand the importance of art and music that are willing to support these programs financially.

The National Endowment for the Arts offers several opportunities for both organizations and individuals. The organization awards grants to music programs of all types, from classical to contemporary and from early music awareness to symphony orchestras. In addition to grants for music programs, literature grants are also awarded to creative writing programs. Below is a quick view of these grant offerings.

Grants for Organizations:

Art Works: The Art Works grants award funds of $10,000 to $100,000 to support community art programs of all kinds. These grants do require matching funds. This program supports a wide variety of arts disciplines. Each discipline has a different deadline so look at the website for specifics.

Challenge America: If you are working with a low-income or under-served population, consider the Challenge America grant. Grants are matched up to $10,000 for support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Organizations are encouraged, but not required, to consider working together to best serve the population. The deadline for this program is April 14.

Our Town: If your town is looking to start a new project or continue an existing project that puts art at the center, consider an Our Town grant application. These project-based grants are matched from $25,000-$200,000. There are two types of Our Town grants: 1) arts engagement, cultural planning, and design projects; and 2) projects that build knowledge about creative placemaking. The 2016 deadline has not been announced at this time.

Research Art Works: Research grants are also offered for research into the value and/or impact of the arts. These grants are designed to increase the knowledge and understanding of the importance of the arts. The 2016 deadline has not been released yet.

Grants for Individuals:

Creative Writing Fellowships: The next Creative Writing Fellowship application due date is March 9. These fellowship grants are non-matching and award $25,000. Fellowships can be in fiction, poetry, and creative writing and allow individuals to “set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.”

Translation Projects: Through grant awards of $12,500 or $25,000, translations project grants are awarded to individuals translating prose, poetry, or drama into English from other languages. Applications are due Dec. 8.


When you are ready to move forward on one of these grants, or if you are looking to fund something else, consider TheGrantHelpers.com. We can help you find the grant that fits you best with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.

 

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