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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.


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.


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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Educational Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

7754784154_54087ca082_m.jpgThere are so many opportunities for educational grants that it is hard to cover every single opportunity. Today, we present several grants for schools that cover a wide variety of topics. These grants have upcoming deadlines, so the time is right to work on them.  We can work with you to make your grant competitive.

  Insider Tip: To distinguish your proposal from the mountain of others, frame the outcomes in terms of impact to target populations and to society in general. Use numbers (e.g., "This curriculum will help over 500 under-represented youth increase their reading comprehension.") to support your case.  

Braitmayer Foundation Grants for Innovation in Education

This third-generation family foundation awards grants to K-12 schools throughout the United States. Proposals should focus either on curricular and school reform initiatives or professional development opportunities for teachers. Braitmayer grants can act as seed money, matching funds, or challenge grants. The foundation does not support grants for childcare, afterschool activities, or pre-kindergarten. The foundation awards grants of up to $35,000. Applications are accepted between Feb. 1 and March 15.

Dominion Foundation Education Partnership Grants

Math and science programs are the focus of the Dominion Foundation Education Partnership Grants Program. Specifically, this foundation awards grants to help develop new programs for these subject areas. All K-12 schools are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $5,000.

Entertainment Software Association Grants for Youth Programs

Computers, technology, and video games are now main parts of a young person’s life. This grant program focuses on using these to boost learning. Non-profit organizations and governmental entities that provide programs and services that utilize technology, computers, or video games to educate youth ages 7-18 are eligible to apply. Programs or projects must be available in at least two states to be eligible for funding. The foundation awards grants of up to $50,000. The deadline is May 1.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants

This foundation aims to support new or expand existing literacy programs, the purchase of new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives, or the purchase of books, materials, or software for literacy programs. Schools, public libraries, and non-profit organizations that help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $4,000. The deadline to apply is May 17.

Still not seeing a grant you like? One of our most popular services is our Grant Opportunity Search, where we can find grants for your specific needs. Contact us today to get started.


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Grants for Summer School, Camps

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, May 26, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

Summer is almost here. Around the country teachers and students alike are counting 15944090146_cc72295efc_q.jpgdown the days until the school bell rings on the last day of school. On the flip side, parents are wondering what they are going to do for three months with their children’s “freedom.” Schools, churches, and non-profit organizations host a wide variety of activities that can help entertain and care for children. These can range from educational classes to sports camps to programs that provide basic needs like meals. We have put together a list of just a few grants that could help fund these types of programs. Now is the perfect time to start applying for these grants to help next summer’s program.

National Grants for Student Activities in Summer

Finish Line Youth Foundation

Sports and fitness provide a great way to keep kids busy in the summer months. The Finish Line Youth Foundation has three different grant programs. Non-profit organizations hoping to create programs focused on active lifestyles and youth athletic teams should look to the programmatic grant category. These grants can be up to $5,000. Programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids will receive special consideration. Grants are accepted Jan. 1-March 31, April 1-June 30, July 1-Sept. 30, and Oct. 1-Dec. 31. The other two grant categories are for facility improvements and emergency funding in the case of natural disasters. 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

This private foundation supports academic achievement with one of its specific categories being summer enrichment. The foundation awards grants of up to $25,000 per year to non-profit organizations or universities that provide summer enrichment programs for low-income students in grades 6-12. These programs must be education-based. This organization normally does not accept unsolicited applications. However, creating a relationship with the foundation is a good start; they even have an email list that will alert you to future opportunities. Join on the website.

 Local Grants for Student Activities in Summer

The grants above are national grants, available to anyone in the United States. It may be advantageous to look locally for funding as well. Local organizations, such as community foundations and community service organizations, may be willing to fund programs that help local children. Below are two examples of organizations that support local summer youth programs. Your state and community might have similar funding opportunities.

The Fund for Greater Hartford

As the name indicates, this fund fund supports organizations in the Hartford, Conn. area. A specific list of towns supported is on the website. Summer program grants are available in the spring for summertime recreation and education programs. Grants provided by this foundation are available for program, capital, and operating expenses. Most grants are single-year grants though capital grants can be multi-year. Deadlines for application are March 15, June 15, Sept. 15, and Dec. 15.

Summer Fund

This organization provides funding to non-profits that offer summer camp and program opportunities to underserved and low-income youth in the greater Boston area. The Summer Fund feels it is critical to keep underserved youth engaged and safe during the summer months. Their grants help camps offer free and reduced enrollment fees for camps throughout the city.  Applications are accepted throughout the year. is a full-service grant company with a wide variety of services. We can help you with every step of the grant process from program development to grant writing to program management Get started with a free consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers.


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It's the Super Bowl of Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 @ 10:02 AM
There's been the Bud Bowl. There's been the Puppy Bowl. Of course, there's the Super Bowl. Now it's time for the Grant Bowl. We have compiled a list of grants from several foundations that fund a variety of subjects. These foundations feature players and teams competing in this Sunday's big game. The best thing about the Grant Bowl is the winner is YOU! So start applying now and let us know how we can assist you in all your grant needs. 2875342530_d192e0ab14_q.jpg

  Insider Tip: Wherever you are in the country, Google for the names of big-league sports stars in the nearest big city, plus the word “foundation.” Many individuals who do well in sports set up a personal foundation to support causes near to their hearts.  

The Elway Foundation and Heroes Foundation

(303) 768-8881 (No website)

Former Denver Bronco quarterback and current executive vice president of football operations, John Elway, has two different foundations that he puts his time and money into. The Elway Foundation supports community efforts to stop child abuse, including programs for treatment and prevention. The Heroes Foundation was created to assist veterans and active-duty military. Since neither of these foundations have websites the best option would be to contact the foundation by the phone number above to find out more about deadlines and criteria.

Cam Newton Foundation

Serving the Charlotte and Atlanta communities, the Carolina Panthers' quarterback's foundation lives by the motto "Every1Matters." The foundation supports programs that fall along three focus areas: learns, plays, and gives. Every 1 Learns focuses on providing academic support and aid for academically talented or motivated youth who are lacking financial resources. It also serves to help mentoring and tutoring programs for all students, including those considered at-risk. In the Every 1 Plays category, the foundation aims to refurbish neighborhood parks, fields, playgrounds, and community centers. Resources are also provided for children who cannot financially afford to compete in sports and recreation opportunities. Under Every 1 Gives, the Cam Newton Foundation supports non-profit initiatives, especially those that promote volunteerism and help those in need. Applications for funding are accepted year round. The website does not have any past grantees or grant amounts listed.

Carolina Panthers Grant Programs

The Carolina Panthers football team has a youth football equipment grant program available to youth football teams in the Carolinas. The program will award five grants valued at $1,000 each. Youth football programs applying for this grant must be a USA Football’s Heads Up Football (HUF) program or have signed up and committed to running HUF in 2015. It is expected the deadline to apply for 2016 will be in May. Check the website for more information on deadlines.


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