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Head Start Arts Integration Grant

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits to Enhance Arts
Learning in Early Childhood Education Programs

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Vermont Arts Council

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Grants of up to $4,000 to Vermont nonprofit arts organizations to promote the integration of arts into early learning programs. Local arts organizations will collaborate with early learning agencies for projects that bring expert teaching artists to the classroom to mentor teachers. Teachers will learn how to integrate the arts into a curriculum in order to achieve social and learning objectives and foster creativity in Head Start schools.

Examples of fundable projects include:

-A collaboration between teaching artists and educators to facilitate new arts experiences for Head Start students. This could include using clay to teach geometry and math concepts, music to tell stories and act out plays, and sound to provide children with tools for healing.

-An artist-in-residence program to build collaborative arts integration lessons between teaching artists and classroom teachers — combining music, dance, theater, and visual arts instruction with literacy and dramatic play

-A partnership between a teaching artist and classroom teachers to deliver arts integration lessons such as using movement and music to teach math concepts or using theater arts, visual arts, and movement to teach destinations and geography concepts

The primary focus and purpose of the Head Start arts integration partnerships is to support teacher and student learning in early arts education. Additionally, the proposed partnership must:

-Include a partnership with a Head Start agency or school(s)

-Use teaching artist(s) selected from the Council’s Teaching Artist Roster or teaching artist(s) who can demonstrate both the excellence of their artistic work and their ability to deliver high-quality arts integration residencies in an early education setting

-Demonstrate a reasonable budget and well-planned timeline/schedule

-Ensure high-quality arts integration experiences for students and teachers

-Include a plan for collaboration and fostering of relationships between all partners involved, as well as have a system of evaluation in place

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170201

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts are up to $4,000.

Term of Contract:

Applications are available online for activities that begin on or after September 1, 2017 and end by August 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must be a Vermont arts organization or nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status that:
-Has been in operation for at least one year prior to submitting an application
-Has a Dun and Bradstreet number

Who May Not Apply or Receive Funding
-Organizations that have received any other Arts Council grant in FY2018 to support the same project
-Organizations that have previously received Arts Council grants and have not completed reporting as required

Pre-Application Information:

A 1:1 cash match is required.

The deadline is September 6, 2017.

The Council reserves the right to work with the applicant to improve or clarify the grant requests before funding decision are made.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Inquiries about the Head Start Arts Integration Grant program should be made to:

Troy Hickman

Inquiries about using the online granting system should be made by email to:

Meredith Bell

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Vermont