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Champion Creatively Alive Children Grant Program

Grants to USA and Canada PreK-8 Schools
for Art-Infused Professional Development Initiatives

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Crayola and National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

Deadline Date:

06/23/17 12:00 Midnight ET


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Grants of $2,500 plus classroom supplies to USA and Canada PreK-8 schools whose principal is a funding source member for art-infused professional development programs that utilize creative capacity-building. Funding is intended to create a school-wide commitment to art-infused education for the long-term and to help elementary-level students develop 21st-century skills in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.

Grant recipients agree to share outcomes and inspire other schools to implement innovative practices via NAESP and Crayola venues. Teachers and administrators may work together to develop innovative ideas that will strengthen and spread educator’s creative capacity and the increase of art-infused education school-wide.

Preference will be given to applications that emphasize:
- Innovation—generate new ideas that build colleagues’ creative capabilities and confidence. Try something that isn’t currently common practice. Be original! This is not about painting a mural, planting a garden, or buying new tablets or 3D printers. It is about creative leadership, professional development, coaching colleagues and building their creative capacity and confidence.
- Collaboration—school-wide, with parents, and involving community partners. Build a creative, collaborative culture!
- Sustainability—ability to embed art-infused education in the school's future plans, beyond grant funding period. Long-term embedment is preferred over a single event such as an “art night”.
- Leadership—focus on articulating a shared vision, coaching colleagues, collaborating to increase creative experiences, and using authentic assessment that values children’s creative expression and original thought.
- Art-infused education—the program, objectives, and budget should have particular emphasis on integrating visual arts into professional development, enabling teachers to use art across the curriculum. Other art forms may also be integrated, but grant proposals without infusion of visual art are less likely to be funded.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171168

Number of Grants:

Up to 20.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each grant-winning school receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Principals are required to implement the proposed project during the 2017–2018 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals must be submitted by principals who are currently members of NAESP and intend on renewing membership for the 2017–2018 school year.

The schools must be located in either United States or Canada.

More information regarding NAESP membership may be found here:

Middle schools, early childhood programs, and private schools are eligible to apply as long as the principal is a member of NAESP.

Schools who received this grant in 2016 will not be eligible to apply for a 2017-2018 grant. Instead, grant winners are encouraged to become judges to help score new proposals. 2016 winners may apply again in 2018.

Pre-Application Information:

The grant funds will be distributed by end of October 2017. Finalists are contacted by late September 2017 and if they submit the required W9 form and signed photo permission forms for all students and faculty by October 6, 2017, they will be grant winners.

Early Bird Bonus: Every application received by 12:00 midnight ET on June 5, 2017 will win a Crayola product gift pack.

Grant awards will be announced October 16, 2017 and made payable to the school, not individuals.

Contact Information:

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

Applications should be sent to or faxed to 610-515-8781, Attn: Avery Gardner.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon