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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 Children, At-Risk Youth

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

7360314936_3b9b9585d4_m.jpgChildren are the world’s most cherished commodity. Organizations around the country work to make sure every child, even those that are at-risk, has the opportunity to live a healthy and happy life. Below is a list of grants that are available for organizations that help children.

Ralph and Eileen Swett Foundation

This small family foundation is focused on making the biggest impact it can on non-profit organizations throughout the United States. Two of their priorities are helping with adoption of foster and orphan children and supporting disadvantaged children. The foundation hopes to be pivotal in a funded organization's ability to expand, create new services, or otherwise support people in need. Applications are reviewed three times a year with, an upcoming review in January or February. If that turn around is too fast, applications are also reviewed in April or May and September or October. A previous grant recipient was Gift of Adoption Fund: Adoption Loan Program. This group received $50,000.

The Janus Henderson Foundation

The mission of this foundation is to “create opportunities to help children succeed and achieve their goals and aspirations through education, as well as support communities and organizations around the world.” Programs supported by grants from this foundation include those that focus on blended learning, early childhood literacy, and financial education initiatives. Since its inception the foundation has awarded over $39 million in grant money. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Costco

This retail company provides grants to programs that support children. The United Way, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and the Red Cross are examples of its charitable giving. Only non-profit organizations are eligible to apply, and applicants must be located in a community where Costco does business. There is a search feature on the website to determine if you are located in a serviced area. Grants are normally program-based. Generally, Costco does not grant funds of more than 10% of the total program budget. Applications are accepted year-round.

Hasbro Children’s Fund

Grants from this fund focus on three areas: 1) programs that provide hope to children who need it most; 2) play for children who otherwise would not be able to play; and 3) the empowerment of youth through service. The Hasbro Children’s Fund reaches these goals by providing resources and programs that help teach and inspire empathy. The grant cycle for 2017 is now closed. The cycle for 2018 will open soon after the first of the year. Grant recipients in 2016 included such organizations as Give Kids the World Inc. and No Bully.

 


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Grants for Helping At-Risk Youth

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:04 AM

TheGrantHelpers.com have recently received several requests for grants to assist at16640189448_c4398f535a_q.jpg-risk youth. The grant opportunities below range from helping disadvantaged help to making sure all children have access to quality education. Check out these hand-picked selections, which are all foundations. Federal and other agencies also fund at-risk youth assistance. To see some of these, refer to our previous blog Funding for At-Risk Youth--Three Major Areas.

 

The Ralph and Eileen Swett Foundation

This private foundation is dedicated to helping people in need, especially disadvantaged youth. It provides funding to non-profit organizations for helping the organization expand, create new services, or otherwise support people in need. According to the website, priority for funding is based on the degree of difference the project will make in the lives of people in need and the cost per individual helped. Grant applications are evaluated and voted on for approval at the foundation board meetings which are held 3 to 4 times a year, normally in fall (September or October), winter (January or February), and spring (April or May). Past grants have ranged from $15,000-$50,000.

The Janus Foundation

Since 1994, The Janus Foundation has awarded more than $38 million in grant funding to non-profits. Its mission is to “help children succeed and achieve their goals and aspirations through education, as well as to support communities and organizations nationwide, and across the globe.” The foundation specifically focuses on making sure every child has access to quality education. Eligible programs primarily serve the pre-K through 18 populations although some funding is provided to those that assist in the transition to post-secondary education. The foundation would rather fund specific programs or projects rather than general operating costs. There is no deadline for submission, and applications are reviewed on a monthly basis.

Allstate Foundation

The Allstate Foundation believes it is important to invest in the next generation. They provide grant funding in four different categories, all of which support youth. The four fundable areas are:

  • Student volunteerism and leadership
  • Character building, including respect, caring, and civic engagement
  • Money management and entrepreneurial skills
  • Adult-to-teen and teen-to-teen mentoring

Eligible entities must be non-profit organizations or a municipal, state, or federal government bodies. The average grant amount ranges from $5,000-$20,000. This foundation is not accepting unsolicited applications for 2016. For ways to get noticed by foundations not accepting unsolicited applications, check out our blog post, No Unsoliceted Grant Proposals?

  Insider Tip:The Allstate foundation has accepted unsolicited applications in the past, so it is a grant opportunity to keep on the radar for next year if they open up the opportunity to everyone again.  

If you are interested in any of these grant opportunities, or want to find out if there are more grants that can help your organization, please contact us today. The first consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers is always free!

 

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