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Arts Education Grant

Grants to Delaware County, New York Artists, Nonprofits,
and Schools for Collaborative Arts Learning Projects

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New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) - The Roxbury Arts Group

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Deadline Date:

11/02/18 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Delaware County, New York artists partnering with nonprofit cultural organizations or public schools for arts learning projects for all ages. Applicants must meet with program staff prior to submitting an application. Eligible projects may be based in K-12 in-school and after-school settings or in the community at large.

Arts Education funds serve to bring teaching artists and their classroom skills into dedicated learning environments for all ages. Arts Education funds support learning through 3 different categories: K-12 In-School, After-School Learning, and Community-based Learning.

K-12 In-School Project grants support the role that local cultural organizations and/or individual artists play in engaging K-12 public school students in rich artistic learning experiences. Arts Education funds are designed to support arts education projects in K-12 school settings and are directed to cultural organizations and/or artists working in partnership with public schools. Arts Education projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. Inter-curricular collaboration is encouraged but not required.

After-School Learning grants support arts education projects that take place in after-school settings for youth. Emphasis is placed on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn through or about the arts. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process.

Community-Based Learning grants support arts education projects that take place in community-based settings for youth and/or learners of all ages. Emphasis is placed on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn through or about the arts. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process.

Regardless of which option you choose, projects must center on the development and implementation of sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of 3 hands-on learning sessions with students.

Eligible projects must:

- Serve students in grades K-12 or a specified group of people (i.e. Senior Citizen group)
- Take place during the regular school day (for K-12 In-School programs)
- Involve at least three contact sessions between the same teaching artists, school teachers (if applicable), and group of students.
- Be designed, planned, taught, and evaluated by the participating teacher(s), teaching artist(s), and/or other school and community members
- Address the New York State Learning Standards for both the arts and non-arts subjects

DEC support should be primarily directed toward artist fees but may include
administrative support and the cost of materials. Project budgets should also include costs for appropriate project evaluation and documentation.

Funding Priorities for 2019:

- Creative Placemaking: Creative placemaking animates public and spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.
- New, emerging and grass-roots organizations and projects.
- Projects taking place in and around the Town or Village of Delhi.
- Projects that incorporate media arts. (Media arts is defined by all genres and forms that use electronic media, film and technology (analog & digital; old and new) as an artistic medium or a medium to broaden arts appreciation and awareness of any discipline.)
- Projects that incorporate photography.
- Projects that incorporate dance.
- Projects that incorporate traditional arts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162461

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum funding support to a single applicant cannot exceed $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place in Delaware County between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arts Education Grants must be submitted by the teaching artist(s) or a partnering non-profit organization. School partners cannot apply directly for Arts Education Grant funds.

- Applicant must be based in Delaware County
- Lead teaching artist must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application.
- Sponsoring organizations (if applicable) must be a non-profit, located in Delaware County.
- Sponsoring organizations must have a board of directors or a governing body that meets to determine and review policy.
- Partnering organizations must conduct all activities in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious belief, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

Partnerships between schools and teaching artists and/or cultural organizations are eligible for funding.

- Schools must be public. Private and parochial schools are not eligible. Schools must be based in Delaware County.
- Organizations that apply must be located in Delaware County.
- Legal address of an applicant must be in Delaware County.
- Letter of Commitment from the school partner(s) to the arts organization and/or
individual artist must be included with the application in order to be eligible. The letter should outline the schools/organizations support of the project (monetarily and otherwise), and anticipated roles and responsibilities. The letter should be signed by the school principal/organization Director and appear on the school/organization letterhead.
- School partners or organizations involved in any AE projects that are currently receiving ndirect NYSCA funding are not eligible for a DEC Arts Education Regrant
- Cultural organizations must be able to show evidence of non-profit status by supplying one of the following:

- IRS Tax Exempt Letter 501(c)(3)
- Letter from the NYS Board of Regents Charter, Section 216 of the Education Law
- Current New York State Bureau of Charities (Office of the Attorney General) filing receipt
- Letter of acceptance of Incorporation under Section 402, Not-for-Profit Law

Projects are ineligible if:

- They include home school, private school, or parochial school partners
- The project is a stand-alone assembly, single performance, or one-time visit to cultural institutions
- The project appears to replace the role of certified art, music, dance or theater teachers in the school setting
- Participating students in the project are taken out of their regular class or are self-selected for participation (for K-12 Programs)
- School partners cannot apply directly
- School partners who are currently receiving direct NYSCA funding in any Arts Education projects cannot apply

Pre-proposal Conference:

To learn more about the Decentralization Grant Program, you may attend a Decentralization Grant Information Session, which are offered throughout Delaware County. An in-depth review of the guidelines and application will be presented at each Grant Information Session. The individual responsible for completing the grant application is encouraged to attend.

Decentralization Grant Information Sessions are scheduled for:

- Saturday, August 11, 1p, at the Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury
- Tuesday, August 14, 10a, at the Deposit Community Historical Society, 145 Second Street, Deposit
- Thursday, August 16, 5:30p, at the Cannon Free Library, 40 Elm Street, Delhi
- Wednesday, August 22, 12p, at the Bright Hill Literary Center, 94 Church Street, Treadwell
- Friday, August 24, 4p, at the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild, 785 Main Street, Margaretville
- Tuesday, August 28, 1p, at the Robert W. Nichol Nature Preserve, 404 West Main Street, Hancock

In addition, there will be an INDIVIDUAL ARTIST SPECIAL SESSION on Thursday, August 30, 2p, at the Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury.

If you are unable to attend a grant session in person, a video will be available in August. Please watch the appropriate video and then contact the Arts Group to discuss your program/application.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted via Submittable to the Roxbury Arts Group no later than 4 pm ON FRIDAY, November 2, 2018. Early submissions are encouraged.

ALL applicants, even those that have received funding in the past, MUST meet with Roxbury Arts Group staff to discuss your project. Failure to do so will render your application ineligible for review/consideration. Applicants who are unable to attend an Information Session may request a meeting with the Grants & Community Coordinator, Solveig Comer.

If you wish to have the Roxbury Arts Group staff review a draft of your request, you may schedule a meeting either in person or by phone. Reviewing an applicant’s draft proposal is for the purpose of providing technical assistance and does not guarantee that it will receive funding. Drafts must be submitted prior to meeting with Roxbury Arts Group staff. The deadline for submitting a draft for review is two weeks prior to the application deadline (Friday, October 19, 2018.)

Arts Education grants will fund a maximum of 50% of the project’s total cash expenses.

The Roxbury Arts Group can assist with introducing artists, non-profit organizations, and school educators to help facilitate collaborations.

Contact Information:

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

Solveig Comer, Grant & Community Coordinator

The Roxbury Arts Group
Post Office Box 93
Roxbury, New York 12474

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Delaware County