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Arts Curricular Innovation Grants (ACIG) - Innovative Arts Works Grant 2019–20

Grants to South Carolina K-12 Schools and
Districts to Enhance Arts Education

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South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE)

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04/02/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $6,000 to South Carolina school districts and grants of up to $4,000 to individual schools to improve the arts curriculum. Funding is intended to assist schools and districts in providing quality arts education to improve student achievement. Funding is intended for limited yet innovative projects.

ACIG funds must be used to develop quality comprehensive and sequential arts programs (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) that operate during the regular school day.

Innovative Arts Works grants are designed to support limited, small-scale, innovative arts projects. Funding is not continuous. Applicants must apply annually to be considered for funding. Successful proposals will include dance, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, or any combination of these arts areas.

Innovative Arts Works applicants may budget grant funds for any or all activities as detailed below:
- Plan, develop, and purchase resources to implement arts education curricula, instruction, and assessment based on the new 2017 South Carolina College- and Career- Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency (17SCCCRVPA).
- Hire certified arts specialists or contract with professional artists approved by the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC). (For an applicant to contract with an artist other than those on the SCAC Artist Roster, the desired artist must provide a unique service not found on the roster. Justification for contracting with an artist not on the SCAC Artist Roster must be provided for funding for the artist to be allocated.)
- Provide teacher professional development programs for arts specialists or appropriate classroom teachers. These may include professional development Summer Arts Teacher Institutes that are approved by the SCDE.

In addition, all Innovative Arts Works applicants that are elementary schools have the option to participate in the administration of the South Carolina Arts Assessment Program (SCAAP) as a major part of an ongoing needs assessment and evaluation.

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GrantWatch ID#: 170054

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 25 new Innovative Arts Works grants: five awards for school districts and 20 awards for schools.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum Innovative Arts Works grant award to a school district is $6,000, and the maximum grant award to a school is $4,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period for an Innovative Arts Works award is July 1, 2019, through May 29, 2020, subject to the availability of funds and the grantee meeting all project requirements. All goods and services must be received and activities and purchases must be completed by May 29, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All South Carolina K–12 public schools and school districts are eligible to apply for only one grant type - either an Innovative Arts Works grant or a Distinguished Arts Program (DAP) grant - under the ACIG program.

A school may submit only one grant application for either an Innovative Arts Works grant or a DAP grant. Multiple schools within a district may apply and receive school-level Innovative Arts Works grants if their district does not submit a DAP grant application.

If a school district submits a DAP grant application, schools within that district are ineligible to submit a grant application under the ACIG program. For the purposes of this RFP, a school district is defined as a local educational agency that serves students on multiple campuses.

Schools and school districts that fail to submit the required annual/final reports for any currently funded ACIG program will not be considered for an award during this funding cycle.

Innovative Arts Works grant funds may not be used for or to support out-of-state travel, graduate-level courses, or professional memberships. Costs for food, snacks, and meals are unallowable. ACIG grant funds may not be used for new construction or capital improvements to existing structures such as carpet and laminate covering. Applications based on the 2010 South Carolina Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Standards are not eligible for funding and will not be reviewed. Indirect costs are not allowed.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A technical assistance session concerning the ACIG Innovative Arts Works Grant and the RFP process is scheduled for January 4, 2019, from 3:30 PM until 5:00 PM via Adobe Connect.

Participants should enter their full names when logging in to the session. Participants will be able to log in 30 minutes prior to the start of the session to test their equipment and download/print handouts.

While participation is not mandatory in order to submit an application, it is highly recommended.

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Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Receipt of Applications: 5:00 PM, April 2, 2019

Timeline of Granting Process:
- Technical assistance session: January 4, 2019
- Deadline for receipt of applications: April 2, 2019
- Notification of awards: August 2019
- Funding period begins; Innovative Arts Works projects can begin: July 1, 2019
- Funding period ends; Innovative Arts Works projects end: May 29, 2020
- Innovative Arts Works final evaluation report and fiscal report due to SCDE: June 12, 2020, or end of 2019–20 project activities (whichever occurs first)

To determine needs at the individual site for implementing the new 2017 standards, applicants must conduct a needs assessment using the Opportunity-to-Learn: Standards (OTLS) for Arts Education Worksheets. If the arts program has additional needs that do not align with the OTLS, such as program promotion or advocacy needs, the applicant may use another needs assessment but must provide justification for using the alternative survey tool.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Carrie Ann Power

South Carolina Department of Education
Office of Standards and Learning
1429 Senate Street, Suite 607-B
Columbia, SC 29201

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USA: South Carolina