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Grants to North Carolina Schools to
Enhance Arts Education in Eligible Regions

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Grants of $5,000 to North Carolina K-12 schools for projects that enhance arts education in eligible regions. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Projects should include aspects of teacher collaboration and community involvement. Eligible applicants are public, private, or charter schools and PTAs located in Wake County.

United Arts will award grants to schools with innovative and creative ideas to enhance and strengthen arts education for pre-K through 12th grade students in Wake County. Each arts-focused project must take place during the school year with the majority of the activities occurring in the school environment during the school day.

Competitive projects will include most of the following goals:

  • Include professional teaching artists
  • Center around a unifying theme
  • Emphasize arts integration
  • Integrate students’ diverse cultures
  • Occur over an extended period of time
  • Support collaboration among teachers
  • Focus on process, not product
  • Encourage community connections
  • Incorporate the entire school community

Projects will be evaluated on several criteria, including:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Overall educational experience
  • Level of student involvement
  • Realistic objectives

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GrantWatch ID#: 138642

Number of Grants:

Five schools each will receive grants to support their School Projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Schools each will receive $5,000 to support their School Projects.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants in the School Project category must be an accredited PreK-12 public, private, or charter school located in Wake County or a PTA that supports one of these schools and previous recipients must be in Good Standing as defined in the General Grant Policies in Pre-Application Information below.

United Arts funds may not be used for the following expenditures:
- Deficit reduction
- Contributions to cash reserves and/or endowment funds
- Loan repayments, interest and/or penalties, fines or litigation costs
- Capital expenses (e.g., buildings, roads, major immobile equipment, furniture, fixtures or musical instruments, artwork, etc.)
- Fundraising events and activities
- Food or beverage for hospitality or entertainment functions
- Private events closed to the general public and activities restricted to an organization’s membership
- Lobbying expenses
- Tuition for academic study
- Programs in the following areas: acrobatics, aerobic dance, art therapy, beauty pageants, clowning, comedy, cosmetology, face painting, fashion shows, gemology, juggling, karaoke, magic shows, martial arts, mineralogy, modeling, nature presentations, pageants, quiz bowl presentations, talent shows
Scholarships and awards for use outside the applicant’s programming
- Projects of a religious nature designed to promote or inhibit religious belief and/or practice and which have no basic underlying secular theme or topics
- Competition prizes

Pre-proposal Conference:

Optional information sessions to learn more about the new guidelines will be held in January at the United Arts Council. Please register in advance by emailing Ragen Carlile.
- Thursday, January 9, 2020, 5:00 pm
- Saturday, January 18, 2020, 10:00 am

Pre-Application Information:

The Letter of Intent must be received by March 5, 2020. A panel comprised of United Arts staff and education professionals will invite five schools move forward in the application process. A full application from each of these schools will be due May 4, 2020.

- January 2020: Information sessions
- March 5, 2020: Letter of Intent due
- March 2020: Notifications will be sent late March; five schools will be selected to move forward and submit a full application
- May 4, 2020: Full application due
- June 2020: Award notifications sent
- July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021: Awarded projects take place

There is no matching requirement. School Projects may not be supported by other United Arts grants, including Artists in Schools grants. School Project grants are not intended to substitute for a school's arts education program. Funds cannot be used for permanent personnel positions.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register for information sessions and submit Letter of Intent by email to

Letters of Intent may also be submitted by mail addressed to:
United Arts Council, Attn: Ragen Carlile
410 Glenwood Ave Suite 170
Raleigh NC 27603

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USA: North Carolina: Wake County

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