Grants to Organizations and Schools

NOTE: Presenting Grants, Project Grants, Operating Support Grants and Program Development Grants are available in all program areas except Arts in Education. Proposals from schools or from organizations collaborating with schools may apply with a Curriculum-Based Project Grant or an AIE Enhancement Grant. Other educational programs not involving PreK-12 educational institutions may apply through Community Arts, or the specific area of arts focus for the educational program. It is strongly encouraged that interested applicants download and review a copy of the Guidelines and seek counsel from a program manager (Staff Directory) prior to submitting an application.

Presenting Grants

This category provides support for performing and literary events or visual arts exhibitions where an artist or group is contracted for the presentation. Presenting grants have specific guidelines related to each program. Please review guidelines and seek counsel from a program manager.

Project Grants

This category provides support for a wide range of activities including festivals, conferences, workshops, exhibitions and/or the creation and production of art as well as the development of touring activities. There are three types of project assistance – general project support, administrative project support and consolidated project support. Project assistance grants have specific guidelines related to each program. Please review guidelines and seek counsel from a program manager . 

Curriculum-Based Project Grants

This category provides support for specific projects that advance the goal of the arts as an essential component of PreK-12 curriculum. Project activities may include classes, workshops, consultants, guest artists, performances, exhibits, professional development and/or artist residencies. These grants are available through the Arts in Education Program. Interested schools and arts organizations should seek counsel from the Arts in Education Program Manager for details.

AIE Enhancement Grants

This category provides support to schools and organizations engaging in arts exposure and arts enrichment activities such as performances, field trips, or professional development workshops. These grants are available through the Arts in Education Program. Interested schools and arts organizations should seek counsel from the Arts in Education Program Manager for details.

Operating Support Grants

This category provides support and stability to large arts organizations with far-reaching cultural impact, year round operations and strong community service and educational outreach. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to seek counsel from a program manager prior to submitting an application. The Council must approve an organization’s eligibility for this category. Please note that a letter of intent to apply must be submitted one year in advance.

Program Development Grants

This category provides support to a limited number of small volunteer organizations seeking general operating support for staff and program development assistance.

Internships

This category supports an arrangement between an individual artist and/or arts administrator and an arts organization where the intern receives supervised training in the arts.

Technical Assistance Grants

Technical Assistance grants often serve to meet emergency needs or allow organizations and schools to take advantage of a unique opportunity. Requests to this category must be approved by a Program Manager before submission.

Art And Cultural Facilities Program

This program area supports planning, design and/or construction costs related to a new facility, renovation of an older facility and/or major capital outlay improvements to an existing facility. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Art and Cultural Facilities Guidelines and seek counsel from a program manager prior to submitting an application to this program area. Schools are not eligible for Cultural Facilities grants.