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School Planning and Innovation Grants

Grants to Wake County, North Carolina Schools and PTAs for Arts
Education Programs Involving Teaching Artist(s) and Arts Consultants

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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 innovative arts-based educational programs. Applicants must attend a workshop on January 11 or 20. Funding is intended to assist in the development of long-term, innovative, and arts-based educational programs that involve a teaching artist(s) or arts consultant and may involve partners or collaborators. Programs developed must demonstrate strong connections to the Common Core and NC Essential Standards.

Schools may apply for a one-year planning grant. If a planning grant is awarded and the project is successful, the applicant may apply for an implementation grant in the School Project or Youth Arts category, if applicable, in subsequent years. Receiving a planning grant award does not guarantee funding for implementation. United Arts will also consider innovative concepts/projects that contribute to a change in instructional practice, leadership in the arts or an increased emphasis on the arts in the school culture.

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications in the School Planning and Innovation category will be reviewed and scored by a grant peer review panel according to the following criteria:

Project Quality 55%:
- Degree of innovation and/or need for project/concept proposed for development
- Extent to which the project/concept aligns with Common Core and/or NC Essential Standards
- Quality and clarity of project plans and potential for proposed activities to meet project goals
- Evidence of planning among teaching artist(s)/consultant(s), school administrators, teachers and other key participants
- Qualifications, background and expertise of the teaching artist(s)/consultant(s) including demonstrated ability and skills in working in a K-12 educational setting
- Potential of activities to extend (current/future) participants’ knowledge and/or skills in the arts and/or other curriculum areas

Project Management and Impact 35%:
- Administrative capacity, resources, planning and expertise to carry out the project
- Appropriate evaluation strategies that are aligned to project goals
- Efforts to document and share the project as appropriate
- Extent to which the proposed planning activities will assist in making informed decisions about how and if to proceed with implementation
- Engagement/impact on teachers or students
- Efforts to involve a diversity of participants

Compliance 10%:
- Completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of application
- Completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of reports and other requirements

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GrantWatch ID#: 138643

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applications must request at least $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:

Schools may apply for a one-year planning grant. Funded projects must take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants in the School Planning and Innovation 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).

Eligible applications must be for arts-related programming to take place in Wake County.

Eligible programs must be compatible with the applicant’s mission. Applicants for School Planning and Innovation 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

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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.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

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

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

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Please Note: School Planning and Innovation Grant funds must be matched one-to-one, although applicants may use salaries of participating faculty as part of their match. School Planning and Innovation 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 register in advance for workshops to

Click here to apply online:

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

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