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Arts Curricular Innovation Grants (ACIG) - Innovative Arts Works Grant 2018–19

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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04/11/18 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. It is highly recommended that applicants attend the January 11 technical assistance session. Funding is intended to assist schools and districts in providing quality arts education.

The purpose of the 2018-19 Arts Curricular Innovation Grants (ACIG) is to assist schools and districts in developing and implementing arts initiatives that support quality arts education programs that significantly improve student achievement in the arts. 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. The ACIG features two grant programs—the Distinguished Arts Program (DAP) grants and the Innovative Arts Works grants. This Request for Proposals (RFP) is specific to the Innovative Arts Works grants. The RFP for the DAP grant is issued separately.

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.

Statutory and State-Level Program Requirements:

ACIG-funded Innovative Arts Works projects must:
-Promote innovative development and implementation of appropriate curricula, instruction, and assessment based on the 2017 South Carolina College- and Career- Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency; and
-Serve as the foundation to support quality arts instruction and the growth of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts programs in South Carolina schools.

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.

Applicants should review the Assurances and Terms and Conditions for State Awards (on pages 44–46) to ensure that, if awarded a grant, they are capable of full compliance, especially with all the referenced state laws, in order to enter into an agreement with the SCDE for this project. Pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. § 8-13-700 (Supp. 2016), the applicant must disclose any potential conflict of interest to the SCDE in accordance with the SC Ethics Reform Act conflict of interest policy. A signed Certification Signature Page is required with the grant application and legally binds the applicant to the agency’s Assurances and Terms and Conditions.

Authorized Activities:

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.

-Hire certified arts specialists or contract with professional artists approved by the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC). All artists must be listed by name and the topics and the new 2017 standards that they will address. Applicants should place this information in the Strategies and Action Steps/Activities narrative section D.5 of the grant application. (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. The objective of SCAAP is to allow educators and school districts to assess students' arts achievement based on the new 2017 standards. Each test includes multiple-choice items and performance tasks. SCAAP items and tasks have been developed by arts educators from across the state and were field-tested in fourth- grade classrooms. Test items reflect the implementation of the new 2017 standards.

Specific SCAAP Requirements:

-All districts that receive an Innovative Arts Works grant and choose to participate in SCAAP will select three elementary schools to participate in the assessments. The arts grant manager must complete the Letter of Agreement for SCAAP Participation form for the three schools, including their principals’ and arts teachers’ consents, to participate in SCAAP. All completed Letter of Agreement for SCAAP Participation forms must be submitted with the grant application.

-For a school-level ACIG application, the grant manager will complete the Letter of Agreement for SCAAP Participation form for his or her elementary school.

-A minimum of 100 fourth-grade students in schools that receive an Innovative Arts Works grant and opt to participate in SCAAP must participate in each of the music and visual arts multiple-choice assessments. In addition, at least 40 students from each school must complete each of the music and visual arts performance tasks. The designated district arts grant manager will collaborate with the University of South Carolina, College of Education, Evaluation, and Measurement Center (formally known as the Office of Program and Evaluation) personnel to provide professional development and to administer the test.

-Personnel from the school or district are responsible for selecting the students and administering the test.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170054

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 25 new Innovative Arts Works grants will be awarded: 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, 2018, through May 31, 2019. All goods and services must be received and activities and purchases must be completed by May 31, 2019.

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.

Unauthorized Activities:

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 11, 2018, 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.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5:00 PM, April 11, 2018.

-January 5, 2018: Technical assistance session
-April 11, 2018: Deadline for receipt of applications
-August 2018: Notification of awards
-July 1, 2018: Funding period begins; Innovative Arts Works projects can begin
-May 31, 2019: Funding period ends; Innovative Arts Works projects end
-June 11, 2019, or end of 2018-19 project activities (whichever occurs first)

Contact Information:

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

Attend the January 11 technical assistance session via Adobe Connect:

Apply Online:

Carrie Ann Power

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina