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School Arts Experience Grant

Grants to Iowa PreK-12 Schools for Arts-Based
Field Trips, Equipment, and Residencies

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Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs - Iowa Arts Council

Conf. Date:

02/18/20

Deadline Date:

06/01/20 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $1,000 to Iowa PreK-12 schools for a wide range of activities that enhance arts education. Funding is intended to promote field trips to arts events, artist residencies, and in-school arts activities; or to purchase equipment that will improve the school's arts curriculum. Grants are available for trips to arts presentations; to bring a professional artist or artist group (e.g. actor, musician, visual artist, writer, etc.) into the classroom or school to lead an in-depth arts learning experience or performance; or to support the cost of arts equipment for the classroom to enhance arts learning in public schools across Iowa.

Funding may be requested for the following expenses. Each grant can only be used to support one of these types of categories. For example, if the applicant is applying to go on a field trip, they cannot also apply to purchase equipment.

  • Arts Field Trip: Costs associated with a field trip to an arts event such as transportation or ticket costs. Eligible arts field trips are those whose primary purpose is the presentation of a work of art. 
  • In-School Art Activity: Costs associated with bringing a professional artist or artist group into the classroom or school such as artist fees or art supplies. Eligible in-school art activities must bring a professional artist or artist group into the school or classroom to lead an in-depth arts learning experience or artistic performance.
  • Arts Equipment: Costs associated with arts equipment to support arts learning in public schools across Iowa. Eligible arts equipment is defined as items that have a lifespan of more than one year and contribute to the practice or learning of a fine art.

Examples of eligible equipment include, but aren’t limited to, the following:

  • Examples of Eligible Visual Arts Equipment: Enlarger, easel, drawing table, imaging software, camera, paint, clay, photo chemicals, tools, etc.
  • Examples of Eligible Performing Arts Equipment: Instrument, music stand, risers, sheet music, props, stage lighting, sound system, scripts, costumes, etc.
  • Examples of Eligible Literary Arts Equipment: Books, journals, writing utensils, etc.

Priorities: 

  • First Time Applicant: Preference will be given to applicants that have not received past grant funding from the Iowa Arts Council.
  • Incorporating Iowa’s Fine Arts Standards: Preference will be given to applicants that clearly articulate how the artistic experience or equipment purchase will help them implement Iowa’s Fine Arts Standards in their classroom.
  • Arts Access: Preference will be given to applicants providing artistic opportunities for students with otherwise limited access to the arts.
  • Provide Access to a Geographically Underserved Audience: Preference will be given to applicants located in one of Iowa counties defined as non-metropolitan or non-micropolitan statistical areas by the United States Office of Management and Budget (for a list of these counties, see: https://iowaculture.gov/arts/grants/school-arts-experience/program-guidelines).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158318

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Request Amount:
-Minimum Grant Request: $200
-Maximum Grant Request: $1,000

Term of Contract:

July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be one of the following types of entities. Entities who do not meet these requirements are not eligible to apply.
- Public schools that are located in Iowa, serve preK-12 students and whose primary orientation, mission and purpose is education and the awarding of academic credits
- Private 501(c)3 nonprofit schools that are located in Iowa, serve preK-12 students and whose primary orientation, mission and purpose is education and the awarding of academic credits.

The following types of entities are not eligible to apply:
-Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grantees who have already received a grant from the department for any part of this project.
- Iowa Arts Council administered grantees who already received a grant from the department for any part of this project.
-Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grantees who have an outstanding final report or who have been placed on a department funding moratorium.

Iowa Arts Council Administered Grant Program Eligibility:
- There is a limit of one School Arts Experience Grant per fiscal year, per school building
- Applicants may not submit more than one application during a single grant deadline or cycle regardless of grant program
- Applicants may not submit more than two applications for the same project regardless of fiscal year if both applications are unfunded
- Projects may not receive more than one Iowa Arts Council administered grant regardless of applicant, phase of project or fiscal year

Pre-proposal Conference:

The School Arts Experience Grant Webinar is scheduled for February 18, 2020, 3:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada).

To register:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3615784162256/WN_ValP041wQr25NYrmTyuVNA

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is June 1, 2020, 11:59 PM. Applications must be submitted online.

Potential applicants are encouraged to review all published material and contact Arts Learning Manager and Accessibility Coordinator Jennie Knoebel with questions well in advance of application deadlines.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions within 8 weeks of the application deadline.

Guidelines: https://iowaculture.gov/arts/grants/school-arts-experience/program-guidelines

Funding policies: https://iowaculture.gov/arts/grants/funding-policies

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://iowaartscouncil.slideroom.com/#/Login

Jennie Knoebel, Arts Learning Manager
515-242-6194
jennie.knoebel@iowa.gov

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
State Historical Building
600 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50319

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