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Grants to Arizona Title I Schools, Nonprofits, and Agencies to Enhance Education through the Arts


Geographic Focus

USA: Arizona

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Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships (SSTAP)

Arizona Commission on the Arts

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #153909

Grant Description

Grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to Arizona Title I schools to partner with nonprofit arts organizations or government agencies to strengthen arts education and arts curriculum integration. This program supports substantive partnerships that use arts to improve academic outcomes.

Applications may focus on any number of effective models, but must utilize the proposed arts education and/or arts integration programming to address desired goals and outcomes aligned with at least one of the six principles in the school’s Comprehensive Needs Assessment, as developed by the Arizona Department of Education:

1) Effective Leadership
2) Effective Teachers and Instruction
3) Effective Organization of Time
4) Effective Curriculum
5) Conditions, Climate, and Culture
6) Family and Community Engagement

As such, outcomes could be related to several efforts, including student learning, teacher professional development, classroom instruction, parent engagement, student support strategies, and more.

Review Criteria:

- Impact: Proposed activities are aligned with school’s comprehensive needs assessment and suggest potential to strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration.

- Quality of Programming/Outcomes: Proposal describes quality, school-based arts programming designed to address clearly articulated outcomes that are appropriate for the partners.

- Viability: Proposal demonstrates viability of programming and capacity of the partners to manage the project to successful completion.

Applications will be reviewed holistically, according to all of the published criteria.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Partnerships must include at least one school and one nonprofit arts organization or governmental entity; eligible schools must be an Arizona Title I school (both Schoolwide and Targeted Assistance programs are eligible). The school partner must serve as the primary applicant.

This grant program does not fund the following:

- Organizations and schools that received Arts Commission funding in Fiscal Year 2017, but failed to file a final report by Monday, September 11, 2017.
- Applications submitted by for-profit organizations.
- Support for teacher or staff salaries (stipends for professional development or supplemental activities beyond the teacher contract are eligible for support through this grant).
- Funding for insurance.
- Food and beverages for any purpose.
- Fundraising projects.
- Scholarships, awards, and competitions.
- Religious institution-led or religious group-sponsored projects not open to participation by non-congregants.
- Religious institution-led or religious group-sponsored projects whose primary purpose is the religious socialization of individuals, or which exist as parts of religious sermons or services.
- Indirect costs.
- Grant administration, overhead or processing fees taken by an umbrella/parent organization as a percentage of the total award, with the exception of fiscal sponsors.

This list is not comprehensive. Contact Arts Commission staff with specific questions.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59 PM Friday, June 1, 2018.

Applicants can request up to half of the total project budget in grant support. Additional project funding may come from any combination of other school funding sources, such as Title I, Title II, Title IV, etc. In addition, up to 25% of the project budget can be made up of in-kind support.

For example, to request a $10,000 grant, the minimum project budget must be $20,000, and up to $5,000 of the project budget may be made up of in-kind support.

The tentative timeline for grantee support in this program is as follows:

- July 1, 2018 – Grantees notified.
- July – October 2018 – Grantees: Revise their Comprehensive Needs Assessment and Integrated Action Plan, meet with Arts Commission staff to finalize their proposal plan, meet with evaluation consultants to set up their evaluation plan, and begin implementing their programs.
- November 2018 – First evaluation update meeting with consultants.
- January 2019 – Mid-point meeting of the full grantee cohort.
- March 2019 – Second evaluation update meeting with consultants.
- May 2019 – Grantees: Wrap up their programs, final consultant meeting to aid in development of final evaluation reports.
- June 2019 – End of year meeting of the full grantee cohort.
- August 2019 – Formative Evaluation Reports due

Further information about the Comprehensive Needs Assessment and the six principles can be found online at:

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

Up to five grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Proposed programming must take place in Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019).

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

Primary Staff Contact:
Elisa Radcliffe, Arts Learning Manager
(602) 771-6528

Submittable Technical Support
Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2

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