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McKnight Foundation Distinguished Artist Award

The award recognizes individual artists who have had enduring and exceptional careers that have made a substantial impact on the arts in Minnesota. Consideration is based on the quality of the nominated artists's work, commitment to their field, and ways in which they have enriched life for audiences and the community. Nominations are retained for three years.

Kentucky Arts Council Artists in Residence--Artist Grants

KAC administers two grant programs (Artists in Residence and the Teacher Incentive program) which place outstanding professional artists into residencies in Kentucky schools to work, demonstrate their art forms, and share their ideas, creativity, and talents with students of all ages. Artists admitted to the KAC's Artist Roster can work in either of these programs. Artists may apply to the Roster in the following arts discipline areas (list is not meant to be limiting as other arts areas will apply): visual arts, including painting, sculpture, photography, etc.; media arts, including film/video, audio, computer animation, etc.; traditional/folk arts, including individual components such as traditional native arts like storytelling, quilting, wood carving, fiddling, Appalachian circle dancing, etc.; folklife, including fieldwork, where local traditional artists are identified by the folklorist, possibly with the help of students; teacher or adult workshops, where folk arts and folklife are defined, residency activities planned, and follow-through strategies considered; presentations, where visiting traditional artists perform, demonstrate, or conduct workshops; performing arts, including music, theater, dance, etc.; and literary arts, including poetry, fiction, playwrighting, etc. Initially, new applicants' work samples and resumes will be evaluated for quality and experience by respected professional artists. Selected applicants will be interviewed in mid-February. Interviewers will be assessing the artist's knowledge of his/her discipline and ability to share the artistic processes involved; initiative, judgment and temperament; communication skills; project ideas; and willingness and desire to work with people, often in rural, isolated parts of Kentucky. Visit the Web site for application materials. Annual deadline dates may vary; contact program staff for exact dates.

School of Visual Arts National Scholarship

SVA has set aside scholarship funding for applicants to participate in four-year degree programs in advertising, graphic design, illustration, cartooning, animation, fine arts, photography, film and video, interior design, art education, and art therapy. Additional scholarship aid is awarded through the admissions process, based upon a review of merit and need. Partial merit scholarships are awarded to graduate students through the admissions process. Need- and merit-based grants are also available to continuing students through the offices of the chairs of the university's various programs. Contact the program office for application deadline dates.

Charlotte Martin Foundation Grants

The foundation makes grants in two areas: youth and wildlife/habitat. Youth grants support programs for people age six to 21 in the areas of athletics, culture, and education. Types of support include capital campaigns and endowments. Applications are requested between April and September, but there are no specific application deadlines. Application and guidelines are available online.

Tofias Charitable Foundation Grants

The foundation awards grants to nonprofits in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with a focus on the arts. Two types of grants are available for a wide array of community groups: infrastructure focus--performance management, financial planning, fundraising, external relationship building, and management; and organizational focus--cultural heritage, identity and diversity along with educating society. Grants will be awarded to organizations that support the arts (this includes music, dance and visual). Organizations can be working to accomplish this goal through the development, promotion or education of the arts. The foundation is particularly interested in organizations with annual budgets up to $25 million dollars; strong, financially stable organizations where a small grant could address a specific need; proposals with clearly defined infrastructure goals and achievable implementation and evaluation plans; and organizations with strong leadership and an active volunteer network. One-year project grants are awarded. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed bi-annually. Guidelines are available online.

Maryland State Arts Council Artists in Education Grants

This program provides residencies, workshops, and performances by Maryland artists in all art forms in Maryland schools and other educational settings throughout the state, varying in length from a single day to a four-week residency. Disciplines covered in this program include poetry, visual arts, and performing arts. Organizations applying for an artist in residence must select the participating artist from the registry and make arrangements with that artist before contacting the council for supporting funds. Deadline dates may vary; contact the program director for exact dates.

Massachusetts Cultural Council Organizational Support

This program provides three-year matching grants to organizations with track records of excellence and community service. The mission of the council is to promote excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to promote the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of Massachusetts communities. The agency offers a variety of funding programs with varying deadline dates. Award amounts vary with specific funding programs. Disciplines in which grants will be awarded for the current fiscal year are history, literature, media arts, presenting and sponsoring, science, and service. Contact the council for details on the staggered cycle of funding opportunities.

NEA Summer Schools in the Arts
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The endowment sponsors this initiative to raise the quality and availability of arts education in communities nationwide. Summer programs provide environments free of the demands of the regular school day; challenging and engaging opportunities during the summer; immersion experiences; and comprehensive arts instruction that otherwise would not be available because of limited resources. Summer activities must take place during the summer; the 14-month period of support is intended to allow for planning, evaluation, and close out and follow up with appropriate schools or school districts. All grants require a match of at least one to one. To be considered, organizations must submit a statement of interest by the listed application deadline; full proposals are by invitation. Guidelines are available online.

Super Valu Foundation Grants

The food wholesaler and retailer focuses its philanthropy on education--focused on K-12 and postsecondary educational programs, with a special interest in leadership development and school-to-work readiness programs, and an additional focus on after-school educational programs for children; social services--generally addressed through significant grants allocated to the United Way in the corporate headquarters communities and to organizations that provide social services to at-risk populations; workforce development--focused on programs that provide job training and self-sufficiency programs for minority, physically challenged, disabled, and disadvantaged persons; hunger relief-- generally addressed through product and financial donations to comprehensive hunger relief organizations and nonprofit food distribution centers; and fine arts--support for a limited number of arts education programs in the corporate headquarters community. The foundation will accept requests in the form of the Minnesota Common Grant Application or the Supervalu foundation grant application.

CIUS Leo J. Krysa Family Undergraduate Scholarship

The Krysa Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded annually to a student in the faculty of Arts or Education about to enter the final year of study in pursuit of an undergraduate degree. Applicant's programs must emphasize Ukrainian and/or Ukrainian-Canadian studies, through a combination of Ukrainian and East European or Canadian courses in one of the following areas: education, history, humanities, and the social sciences. The nonrenewal scholarship is for an eight-month period of study at any Canadian university.

Minority Humanities and Social Sciences Dissertation Scholar in Residence Grants

The program awards residential grants to minority scholars for dissertation research appointments in African American studies, classics and world religions, economics, English, geography, history, linguistics, modern languages, philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology/anthropology. University faculty in the scholar's discipline serve as mentors and advisors while the scholar completes the doctoral dissertation. The scholar will teach one one-quarter course; make presentations of his/her research in department, college, and university colloquia; and participate in forums with undergraduates about succeeding in graduate study, etc. The scholar will receive a stipend plus benefits, office space, library privileges, and travel funds to attend a professional meeting in his/her field. Applicants should submit a full curriculum vita, a copy of the dissertation prospectus, an autobiographical sketch, a statement of purpose, graduate school transcript, and three letters of recommendation.

Wyoming Arts Council Arts in Education Technical Assistance/Inservice Grants

Teachers and administrators can obtain training in arts education through this category. The program supports bringing in outside expert help to design new arts curricula or to strengthen current programs and sending educators to workshops and classes to learn skills to train other teachers and administrators in Wyoming's schools and communities. A cash match of up to 70 percent of total expenses is required.

Wyoming Arts Council Arts in Education Special Project Grants

This category assists schools and other organizations in developing and strengthening arts education curricula through innovative planning, implementation, and assessment. A cash match of up to 70 percent of total expenses is required.

Wyoming Arts Council Artist in Residence Grants

This program places professional artists in schools, institutions, and communities to work and demonstrate their artistic disciplines. Residencies provide intensive, participatory experiences for students of all ages. Residencies can last from one week to one year and often include learning opportunities for students, teachers, parents and administrators, and the artist. The artist residency provides opportunities to learn about the critical, historical, and cultural traditions of a particular art form; to observe professional artists at work; and to work directly in the artistic medium. The artist and sponsor are free to negotiate above and beyond the minimum fee set by the council. Annual deadline dates may vary; contact program staff for exact dates.

Wyeth Predoctoral Fellowship

One fellowship is awarded annually for 24 months. The fellowship is intended for the advancement and completion of a doctoral dissertation that concerns the traditions of American art. The fellow is expected to spend one year of the fellowship period on dissertation research in the United States or abroad, and one year at the center to complete the dissertation.

WSW Hands-On-Art Visiting Artist Project Grants

Each year, with National Endowment for the Arts support, WSW awards two eight-week residencies to emerging artists in the book arts. Each residency supports the creation of an artist's book. The artist also interacts with students in WSW's studio-based art-in education program. The residencies will take place in September to October and March to April. Each award includes a stipend, materials budget, housing, and unlimited studio access. The first month of the residency is devoted to all aspects of design and production of a limited edition artist's book. During the second month, the artist continues book production and works with young people in the context of WSW's longstanding art-in-education program with public school students. This request for proposal is a two-step juried process. An artist interested in this opportunity first submits materials to WSW; WSW then applies to NEA.

Idaho Commission on the Arts School Connections: Audiences of Tommorrow Grants

Audiences of Tomorrow bring professional performances, exhibits, readings, and hands-on arts education activities to Idaho students. School Connections enhances and expands study of the arts as a basic component of education by building relationships between artists, arts organizations, and schools. Grants are made on a reimbursement basis for a maximum of 50 percent of direct costs, depending on available funds. Funds are limited, and priority will be given to projects that serve students attending schools in districts defined as rural by the state (counties with cities of 20,000 or fewer) or reach counties not previously served by the applicant's tour. Annual deadline dates may vary; contact the program director for exact dates.

Idaho Commission on the Arts QuickFunds Grants

QuickArts provides timely assistance to meet unanticipated opportunities for presenting or producing the arts, such as performances, exhibitions, festivals, conferences, artists' fees, arts education, and other programming in Idaho. QuickArts will make grants in three areas: QuickProject to organizations, individual artists, and teachers for project support; technical assistance for professional consultant services; and professional development to individual artists, art educators, and art administrators for activities that contribute to their professional development. Support may include, but is not limited to, fees for professional artists for a performance or project, release from work that will allow the artist time to complete a body of work, travel for a workshop or conference and registration fees, study with a mentor of significant accomplishment, and materials and supplies necessary to complete a body of work. Deadline dates may vary; contact the program office for exact dates.

Idaho Commission on the Arts Education Innovations Grants

These grants are intended to support projects that advance the goal of the arts as a basic part of education. Projects must seek to enhance current arts curricula or must assist in the goal of establishing ongoing arts programming in schools and organizations. Funds may be used for workshops, consultants, in-service training, and other projects designed to increase skills in and awareness of arts education. Activities may serve pre-K through 12 populations, adult, and/or special constituents directly or indirectly. Colleges and universities are encouraged to apply in this category. Deadline dates may vary; contact the program director for exact dates.

Iowa Arts Council Project Grants for Organizations

These grants are designed to provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations to develop exemplary arts projects that benefit Iowans and the needs of Iowa communities. This project grant category emphasizes artistic excellence, encourages financial stability, and must demonstrate access to the arts for a broad constituency. Collaborations and the exploration of new experiences for audiences are encouraged. Funding priorities include projects that enhance existing programs in the schools and/or communities; include potential earned income; benefit or involve Iowa artists; benefit or involve special populations; reflect cultural diversity; benefit Iowans; confirm commitments from participating artists and project partners; utilize collaborations and partnerships; and utilize innovative concepts and methods.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarships

The program awards fellowships to outstanding students pursuing graduate or professional degrees. Scholars may use the award to attend any accredited graduate school in the United States or abroad. The award funds tuition and fees and will include a stipend based on reasonable expenses and demonstrated need. Scholarships are renewable each year for the duration of the graduate degree program, as long as the fellow continues to meet the eligibility requirements. Application materials are available online.

Christensen Fund Regional Grants

The fund (TCF) focuses its grantmaking on maintaining the rich diversity of the world--biological and cultural--over the long run, by focusing on four geographic regions: the greater South West (Southwest United States and Northwest Mexico); Central Asia, Turkey, and Iran; the African Rift Valley (Ethiopia); and Northern Australia and Melanesia. Grants within the regional programs are generally directed to organizations based within those regions or, where appropriate, to internationally based organizations working in support of people and institutions on the ground. In general, grants are of one year or less duration; currently grants up to two years are by invitation only.

Jewish Foundation for Education of Women Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to women pursuing undergraduate or graduate education. Requests for applications must be made in writing and specify whether aid is being sought for undergraduate or graduate studies. Financial assistance is offered every year depending on progress shown.

Kentucky Arts Council Artists in Residence--Teacher Incentive Program (TIP) Grants

The program places professional artists into Kentucky schools and communities for one to four week residencies to demonstrate art forms and share their creativity with students and teachers. The goals of the program are: to enable teachers to collaborate with practicing, professional artists on design and implementation of innovative projects using short-term artists' residencies; and to involve students and teachers directly in the creative process during an artist's residency, and to integrate the arts into daily instruction. A teacher (or group of teachers) works directly with an artist to design a project, complete with evaluation and follow-through ideas. The project must involve the students and teachers directly in the creative process during an artist's residency of five or ten days. The artist is available for the equivalent of four class periods daily (30-60 minutes each), with each student group meeting with the artist a minimum of five times during the residency. Special events or professional development workshops can be substituted if mutually agreeable to the artist and teachers. Projects may focus on any artistic discipline or combination of disciplines, except folklife. Application materials are available on the Web site. Annual deadline dates may vary; contact program staff for exact dates.

Kentucky Arts Council Project Grants

The project grant provides opportunities for Kentucky nonprofit organizations to enhance their arts programs. Project support is a flexible category of funding assistance designed to support new or expanded arts activities. Projects funded in the past have included, but are not limited to, arts education, arts organizational development, individual artist assistance, and community arts development and partnership projects designed to maximize community resources in support of the arts. A letter of intent to apply is requested by March 1; full application is due March 31. Application materials are available on the Web site.

San Francisco Foundation Grants

The foundation makes grants in the areas of the arts and humanities, community health, education, environment, social services, programs for children and youth, and urban affairs. Grants are awarded to support general operations, programs/projects, seed money, technical assistance, and program-related investments/loans. Preference will be given to applicants that present problem-solving projects, develop organizational capacity, or request short-term technical assistance. Applicants are encouraged to submit brief two- or three-page letters of intent outlining the proposed projects, the issues or problems to be addressed, and the applicant organizations' purpose and programs. The foundation conducts periodic how to apply workshops in the San Francisco office and locally throughout the five eligible counties. The listed deadlines are for letters of intent.

Manitoba Arts Council Interdisciplinary Artists in Schools Program Grants

The program is designed to enhance arts education in Manitoba schools by bringing together practicing professional artists of all artistic disciplines selected by juries, and they and their projects are highlighted in a directory that is sent to all Manitoba schools. The program consists of long-term residencies, short-term residencies, a mentor component, and a school readings component.

West Virginia Commission on the Arts Arts in Education Grants

The purpose of this program is to encourage the development of comprehensive arts programs that affect the educational environment for all students and community members. Programs may include presentation of artists in a variety of projects including residencies, performances, workshops, and special projects designed to foster use of all available cultural resources, such as artists, museums, arts centers, and organizations in order to augment the comprehensive study of the arts for students K-12 and beyond. Most grants for contract fees and expenses of artist(s) are made on a 50 percent matching basis. Sponsors of education projects should request the Arts in Education Artist Directory and Program Guide for information on West Virginia artists available for education projects. Visit the Web site for program updates.

Louisiana State Arts Council Arts in Education Program Grants

The program is intended to strengthen the role of the arts in the educational process and to demonstrate the value of the artist within that process. Arts Basic supports planning or programming grants that assist in making the arts basic to the K-12 curriculum in Louisiana schools. Arts in Education residencies place professional artists in public and private elementary and secondary schools to work and demonstrate their art forms and share their ideas, talents, and creativity. Arts in Education Projects support specific arts-related activities that relate to the artistic educational development of elementary and secondary school students. This category also provides support to defray costs of presenting and touring of in-school performances or exhibitions. Applicants may submit no more than three applications within the program. Grants must be matched one dollar for every two state dollars.

Maine Arts Commission Arts in Education Grants

The goals of the Arts in Education program are to assure that learning in the arts and through the arts will be a common practice in every school in Maine for every student, and that schools will be community centers that promote creativity and learning throughout the community. The commission invites school systems to develop visiting artist programs that actively support learning in and through the arts--arts opportunities for all children and youth in public schools. The commission focuses its arts education resources in different geographic areas of Maine on a three-year rotating cycle. The commission provides a matching grant of seed money, plus some training and technical support to each participating school system.

EIF Barbie Arts Teacher of the Year Award

Students ages six to 12 can nominate their favorite dance, music, theater, or visual arts teacher by writing an essay (250 words or less) explaining why their teacher should be the next Barbie Arts Teacher of the Year. Twenty arts teachers will be selected as regional finalists and awarded a grant for their school's arts program. Students who nominate the winning finalists will receive a $100 Mattel Toy prize package. The national Barbie Arts Teacher of the Year will receive an additional grant of $15,000 for his/her arts program. Guidelines and nomination form are available online.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Arts in Education Projects Grants

Arts in education projects funded in this category must be other than artist residencies. This funding category is intended to support efforts that make comprehensive arts programs a meaningful part of basic instruction in Pennsylvania schools. Artists and arts organizations should have a vital role in these projects. Competitive project proposals strengthen collaborations of artists, educators, arts organizations, and schools to provide significant and effective arts education. Three phases of funding are available: planning, piloting, and implementation. Funds are awarded for innovative partnerships, including, but not limited to, underrepresented art forms, new strategies for assessment of student progress in the arts, integrated curriculum, innovative uses of new technologies in arts curriculum, and new models for sequential arts curricula. Annual deadline dates may vary; contact the director for exact dates.

Washington State Arts Commission Arts in Education Program

The arts in education program includes different opportunities such as artists in schools and arts curriculum grants. WSAC funds residencies in schools and other educational settings, touring performing artists through the state's public schools, mainstage productions for students, and grants to arts organizations for collaborative projects with schools. To help the schools develop their arts curricula and respond to education reform, WSAC offers arts curriculum grants to the public schools/school districts and nonprofit organizations working in partnership with their local public schools. Annual deadline dates may vary; contact the program office for exact dates.

Michigan Artists in Schools Program Grants

The Artists in Schools (AIS) program provides funding for in-school residencies of qualified professional artists. The program includes nine components: dance, design, film/video, folk arts, jazz, literature, music, theater, and visual/arts crafts. AIS places artists in schools throughout the state, offering students, teachers, and community members the opportunity to work with and observe them through both short- and long-term residencies. AIS compensates artists with direct financial support, the time, facilities, and mutually beneficial environments in which to work. Applications are funded once a year, but schools/districts should be prepared to plan for up to three years of activity. Funding levels are determined by the number of resident artists and the number of residency days.

Robert W. Woodruff Foundation Grants

Most grants are awarded to tax-exempt organizations in Georgia. Grants to qualified public charities headquartered outside Georgia are considered when it is demonstrated that the proposed project or program will have particular impact in Georgia. The foundation is interested in supporting programs and projects in the areas of elementary, secondary, and higher education; health care and education; Human services, particularly for children and youth; economic development and civic affairs; art and cultural activities; and conservation of natural resources and environmental education. Preference is given to one-time capital projects, matching/challenge grants, specific projects, construction, land acquisition, and equipment purchases. Application forms are not required. Proposals should be made in letter form and describe the organization, including its purposes, staffing, and governing board; latest financial statement and most recent audit report; description of the proposed project and justification for funding; itemized project budget, including other sources of support; and evidence of tax-exempt status. The board meets in April and November to consider requests.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Arts in Education Program Residencies for Artists and Companies--Ensembles

Artist residencies place council-approved artists or ensembles with host/sponsors for a minimum of 10 days for an individual artist or five days for a company or ensemble. Multi-residencies serve more than a single host/sponsor and include residencies within individual schools, in-service workshops, other professional development for artists and/or educators, and other arts education programming. They are intended to facilitate arts in education programs in rural and other areas where access to the arts has been limited. Residencies should develop students' creative capabilities and technical skills. Residency artists must be selected from the Directory of Pennsylvania Artists in Education. Residency projects must be developed collaboratively. The application must be signed by both the host organization and the artist(s) who will take part in the residency. While potential applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for residency funding through AIE Partners, applicants may apply directly for AIE residency funding. Those who live in regions of Pennsylvania that still remain to be covered by an AIE Partner?s services should apply directly to the PCA as well. Download the complete guide (PDF) for general information as well as residency grant guidelines and application forms. Annual deadline dates may vary; contact the director for exact dates.

Montana Arts Council Arts Artists in Schools and Communities: Education Residencies

This program supports both a wide range of residencies (lasting from as short as a day to as long as a year) by professional working artists and local or regional arts organizations (touring or locally based). The program also supports the creation of arts education special projects that further the essential place the arts hold in our state's formal and informal educational settings. This program integrates working artists into the daily activities of schools and communities for one-week to 10-month periods. Nationally selected poets and writers, musicians, dancers, visual artists, theater artists, folk artists, and video artists are available. Montana students, teachers, and community members observe the artist at work, work with the artist, and work on their own. These residency programs offer firsthand creative experiences for students, teachers, and other participants; professional support for artists; educational assistance to teachers and administrators; variety in existing curricula and/or programs; and stimulus for the surrounding community. The council awards grants to participating organizations to assist with artists' fees and the expenses of the residencies. Annual deadline dates may vary; contact the council for exact dates. The Arts Council will consider up to half the residency cost to a maximum of $675 per week for an individual and $1350 per week for companies. Title I and Class C schools are eligible for up to two-thirds support. Deadlines are ongoing. Please apply six weeks in advance of your short-term residency or three months in advance for a long-term residency or requests of $2,000 or more.

Minnesota Humanities Commission General Grants

The MHC grant program provides funding for Minnesota groups and organizations conducting public projects in the humanities. MHC grants are intended to foster connections among humanities scholars, cultural organizations, and community groups. Eligible projects involve one or more of the humanities disciplines: history, literature, philosophy, archaeology, modern and classical languages, ethics, jurisprudence, comparative religion, linguistics, cultural anthropology, history and criticism of the arts, and historical or philosophical approaches to the social and natural sciences. General grants are intended for multisite projects, exhibitions, lecture/discussion series, public conferences, and other large-scale humanities projects. Applications may be submitted at any time but at least eight weeks prior to the beginning of the project. Priority applications are minority organizations, Greater Minnesota organizations, organizations proposing multisite projects serving hard-to-reach audiences, and senior citizen organizations. Applicants are encouraged to contact MHC before submitting a draft application. Grants are reviewed on a rolling application basis.

Michigan Arts and Learning Program Grants

The program supports quality arts education activities conducted by artists of high quality and ability in schools or communities, as well as in arts education partnerships between schools and community-based organizations. Funding is available in various funding categories for program activity of up to one year, though this activity may constitute a segment of planning and implementation to be conducted over a multiyear period. Funded activities may involve collaborations among artists, educators (arts and other disciplines), community arts resources, arts organizations with strong educational programming, arts organizations interested in developing strong educational programming, local businesses, parents, students, and the general public.

Missouri Arts Council Alliance for Arts Education Artist Residency Program

The council offers an artist residency program that places professional working artists in educational and community settings to support efforts in making the arts a basic part of education. Annual deadline dates may vary; contact the program office for exact dates.

NJSCA Arts for Every Kid Minigrants Program

This program provides incentive funding for innovative ideas, approaches, and projects that further literacy in the arts by developing strategies to implement state and/or local Core Curriculum Content Standards in the arts, or integrate the arts across curricular areas. A key component of the program is the ability and willingness of grantees to share their ideas, strategies, and results with the greater community. All projects must present a potential model for replication.

NJSCA General Program Support Grants

Grants are awarded to nonarts organizations to help underwrite ongoing arts programs of these sponsors. Disciplines include folk arts and arts basic to education. Annual deadline dates may vary; contact program staff for exact dates. Contact the council for an intent to apply form.

North Carolina Arts Council Arts in Education Partnerships Grants

Partnerships grants are designed to implement long-range, comprehensive programs that serve to advance and improve the quality and status of arts in education throughout North Carolina. Proposals involving schools as partners should demonstrate how the proposed activities will help position the arts as integral to achieving state and local goals for education reform. Proposals involving nonschool partners (e.g., after-school or summer programs, day care centers, libraries, hospitals, churches, homeless shelters, housing projects, etc.) should emphasize the artist's role in the learning process and have clearly defined learning objectives related to the arts or the role of the arts in achieving general education objectives. Activities that can be supported include, but are not limited to, artists or arts organizations working in collaboration with schools or other community organizations to strengthen the arts education curriculum, including artist residencies, staff development, curriculum development, and assessment strategies. Grant amounts must be matched dollar for dollar by the applicant in most cases. All grant-funded activities must take place between July 1 of one year and June 30 of the next. Proposed activities may be designed to take place over two or more years.

Vermont Arts Council Opportunity Grants

For artists' projects, eligible activities include, but are not limited to, the creation, development, and presentation of new work; performances, readings, or exhibitions; and presentation of master classes and workshops. For organization, community, school, and municipal projects and programs, eligible activities include, but are not limited to, the creation, development, and presentation of new work; performances, readings, screenings, exhibitions, and exhibition catalogs; workshops, master classes, and symposia led by artists; artist residencies in schools and communities; community cultural needs assessments and planning; community design activities; collaborations and partnerships between the arts and social service organizations, environmental groups, economic development groups, etc.; and presentation of art forms by people from cultures that are underrepresented in Vermont. Annual deadline dates vary; contact the council for exact dates.

Nebraska Arts Council Artists in Schools/Communities Grants

The purpose of this program is to support artist residencies in a Nebraska school or community organization for a minimum of five days in one or more disciplines. Residencies are available in architecture, crafts, dance, folk arts, literature, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts. During the course of the residency, the artist involves participants in hands-on arts activities, demonstrations, and performances. The artist also conducts an inservice session, offers suggestions for follow-up activities, and serves as a resource to the sponsor for curriculum development.

NJSCA Artists in Education Residencies

The program places professional artists in both long- and short-term residencies in dozens of New Jersey schools each year. Residencies are offered in several different arts disciplines (creative writing, visual arts, crafts, dance, music, theater, design arts, media arts, photography, interdisciplinary arts, and folk arts) and are applied for by the school or other sponsoring agency. Council funds provide the artist's fee. Artists also may apply to become eligible to conduct residencies.

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Artist in Residence Grants

The grants support the costs of bringing artists to sites where they will work with students and teachers, K-12, over time, from three to 60 days, which may be consecutive or spaced throughout the school calendar. New Hampshire artists offer residencies in creative writing, theater, music, mime, dance, puppetry, storytelling, crafts, traditional folk arts, media arts, environmental design, and visual arts. There are also collaborative residencies available, which combine two or more arts disciplines, and a visiting artist roster featuring artists from other states who offer art forms or cultures not readily found among New Hampshire artists. Each residency budget proposal must provide for a cash match from the applicant of one dollar for each grant dollar requested. Annual deadline dates may vary; contact program staff for exact dates.

NEA Challenge America: Access to the Arts Grants

This program seeks to broaden efforts to provide the American people with opportunities to experience the excellence and diversity of the arts. This category awards Challenge America grants for projects that do one or more of the following: provide opportunities for people to experience and participate in a wide range of art forms and activities; enable arts organizations and artists to expand and diversify their audiences; or emphasize the potential of the arts to help strengthen communities. This category offers both Standard Review Grants and Fast-Track Review Grants; see web site for details.

North Dakota Council on the Arts Teacher Incentive Grants

The Teacher Incentive grants program, part of the Arts in Education program, is a means of providing financial assistance to teachers who wish to explore new and creative ways of incorporating the arts into the nonarts curriculum of a classroom. The grant award may be used to provide special arts resources or programming, to hire arts consultants and artists, or to purchase consumable supplies for the arts project/activity described in the application. Projects may involve the visual arts, poetry/fiction writing, performing arts, architecture, folk arts, or any combination of artistic disciplines. Teachers may submit more than one application but may receive no more than one teacher incentive grant award during each school year. Matching funds are not required. If a grant is awarded, payment will be made on a reimbursement basis to the school after the funded activity is completed. Application materials are available on the Web site.

North Carolina Arts Council Arts in Education Grants

Funds may be used to support activities that strengthen the capacity of an organization or a group of individuals to provide quality arts education programming. Activities might include planning for a performance program, project, or partnership program; peer mentoring or other assistance with program development; workshops, conferences, or other staff development activities; development of curriculum materials and study guides; technology assistance; and targeted public awareness activities. All grant-funded activities must take place between July 1 of the current year and June 30 of the next. Grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar, with the exception of programs serving rural, low-wealth areas.

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