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Grants to support Arts Education Projects in K-12 Public Schools (New York)


The Arts Education Grant provides financial and technical assistance to eligible organizations and/or individual artists to support arts education projects in K-12 public schools, publicly funded charter schools, and after-school programs within Erie, Niagara, and Chautauqua counties.

Donor Name: New York State Council on the Arts

State: New York

Counties: Erie

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 05/26/2023

Size of the Grant: $500 and $5,000

Grant Duration: 12 months



The goals of the Arts Education grants:

  • Expand the rich artistic learning experiences of K-12 students.
  • Develop arts integration and inter-curricular collaboration.
  • Provide quality arts education in Erie, Niagara, or Chautauqua County.
  • Assist emerging artists, arts/cultural organizations, and arts/cultural programming.
  • Make arts education accessible to under-resourced or marginalized audiences, and economically disadvantaged communities.

This funding is intended to expand, promote, and increase arts and cultural programming at the local level including, but not limited to, projects in the following areas: Dance, Design Arts, Folk Arts, Humanities, Literature/Poetry, Media (film, video, radio), Multi-Disciplinary, Music, Opera/Musical Theater, Photography, Skilled Crafts, Textile Arts, Theater, and Visual Arts.

Funding Information

  • Requests can be made between $500 and $5,000.
  • Projects occurring between July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024

Eligibility Criteria

Arts Education

Arts Education (AE) grant applicants must meet the above requirements, as well as the following requirements:

  • Proposed projects must take place in a dedicated learning environment.
  • Project must provide sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of 3 sequential hands-on learning sessions.
  • Project must feature in-depth, age, and skills appropriate learning opportunities.
  • Hands-on participatory creation and/or learning opportunities in one or more art forms that may culminate in public presentations (such as exhibitions, productions, or demonstrations).
  • Stated learning goals, methodologies, and outcomes as well as an established means for evaluation.
  • It is recommended that support materials include lesson plans, evaluation plans, video/photo of work samples from past arts education work, participant evaluation, and letters of recommendation.

In-School Projects 

These projects must take place during the school day and in partnership with a public school. In addition, please note the following:

  • Private and parochial schools are ineligible for partnerships.
  • AE funds must not replace, or appear to replace, the role of certified teachers in schools.
  • A letter of commitment from the partner school to the arts organization or artist must be included with the application to be eligible for funding. The letter of commitment must outline in detail the partner(s) support of the project (monetarily or otherwise) and anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner involved. The letter of commitment should be on the partner’s letterhead and signed by the principal and/or director. After School AE projects may take place in a school or community-based setting, such as a library, school, community center, or arts organization. Proposed projects must be provided to a closed group of learners, meaning they are not open to the general public.

For more information, visit Arts Education Grant.

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