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School Project Grants

Grants to Wake County, North Carolina Schools and
PTAs for Projects that Enhance Arts Education

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United Arts Council

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 to Wake County, North Carolina PreK-12 public, private, and charter schools and PTAs for arts-related programs and projects. Applicants must attend a workshop on either January 11 or January 20. Funding is intended to enhance and strengthen arts education in Wake County, to broaden or deepen programs offered for Pre-K through 12th-grade students, and/or to encourage collaborations between artists and schools.

The majority of project activities must take place within the school environment, school day, and school year. Professional development activities may occur outside the school environment or school day. Field trips may occur outside the school environment. School Project grants are not intended to substitute for a school's arts education program. Funds cannot be used for permanent personnel positions.

Residency Requirements:

School Project grants are not limited to residencies; however, residencies must include hands-on activities with at least one core group of students (minimum of five contact hours per student) and one planning session between participating teachers and teaching artist(s), for which the artist(s) must be paid. Residencies should accomplish one or more of the following:

- Emphasize learning in, through or about the arts
- Encourage integration of the arts into the school curriculum
- Provide professional development to train teachers in integrating the arts into the curriculum
- Encourage and support the understanding and appreciation of our community's cultural heritage and diversity

In addition, residencies must include two or more of the following:

- Professional development or in-service workshop(s) led by the artist(s) for educators, administrators and/or arts educators
- In-school or community-based event, such as a performance or a reading/presentation by the artist(s)
- Participatory family night, led by the artist(s), that involves adults and students in joint hands-on activities
- An event that shares the work of students done during the residency
- Residency-related field trip for core group of students (museum, gallery, performance)

Evaluation Criteria:

Each application will be evaluated on an overall impression of the applicant's strengths in the following areas:

Project Quality 55%:

- Quality and clarity of project's goals and potential for proposed activities to meet goals
- Qualifications, background and expertise of the artist(s) involved including demonstrated ability and skills in working in a K-12 educational setting
- Effective integration of the project into the school's curriculum
- Enhancement of the school's current arts program (if applicable)
- Potential of activities to extend participants' knowledge and/or skills in the arts and/or other curriculum areas
- Evidence of planning among artists, schools, teachers and other key participants

Project Management and Impact 35%:

- Administrative capacity, resources, planning and expertise to carry out the project
- Efforts to involve a diversity of participants, including persons or groups not ordinarily participating in arts activities; e.g., special education classes, etc.
- Potential for long-term impact on participants
- Appropriate evaluation strategies that are matched to project goals

Compliance 10%:

- Completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of application
- Completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of reports and other requirements

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138642

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum requests size is $1,000. Schools may apply for a maximum of $6,000 or up to 50% of their project expenses, whichever is less.

Term of Contract:

Eligible programs must take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants in the School Projects 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;
- Attend an application workshop;
- Meet with United Arts staff (if required); and
- Be in Good Standing as defined in General Grant Policies (previous recipients only).
- Requests funds specifically for arts-related programming to take place in Wake County.

Applicants for School Project grants may not apply in any other United Arts grant category.

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:

Application Workshops:

Representatives should attend an application workshop if the applicant is a school or did not receive funding in the last grant cycle. Returning grantees applying within the same category are welcome to attend an application workshop, but are not required to do so. All workshops are held at the United Arts Council office.

Workshops for School Applicants:

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 5:00 pm
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:00 am

Applicants in the School Projects category must attend an application workshop.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted once a year. The deadline for 2018-19 applications is Thursday, March 8, 2018.

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How to Apply:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application checklist.

Please Note: School Project Grant funds must be matched one-to-one, although applicants may use salaries of participating faculty as part of their match. School Project Grant funds may not be matched with other United Arts grants.

Contact Information:

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

Click here to apply online:

Please register in advance for a workshop by emailing

Direct questions about programming grants to Ragen Carlile at or (919) 839-1498 x209.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Wake County