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SPECTRA Matching Grants

Grants to California K-12 Public Schools and Community Organizations
in Eligible Locations for Arts Education Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arts Council Santa Cruz County

Deadline Date:

09/10/21 4:59 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $2,000 to California K-12 public schools and community organizations in eligible locations for arts education programs. Funding is intended to support classroom programs, including performances, workshops, and residencies, that involve teaching artists of performing, visual, and literary arts. Programs must benefit youth in Santa Cruz County.

SPECTRA connects schools with Teaching Artists and funding for arts education. The purpose of the SPECTRA Matching Grants is to assist Santa Cruz County schools and community programs to augment their arts education curriculum by bringing SPECTRA Teaching Artists into classrooms. 

Funding is prioritized based on equity, and where the Arts Council can make the greatest impact. The Arts Council's number one priority goes to schools where high percentages (60-100% unduplicated) are students of color, English Language Learners, on free and reduced meal plans, and are foster youth. The Council also acknowledges that some schools are without specific arts funding and/or strong parent groups to fundraise and support arts programs - these schools are prioritized. Sustainable models are also prioritized - arts programs that are known to have been or will be a part of the school climate/culture for a long time and need the Council's support to continue. The Arts Council does not intend to fund arts programs just implemented for one year and then gone.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173746

Estimated Size of Grant:

Matching grants are awarded, based on funding availability, up to $2,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

K-12 public schools and community based organizations offering programming to youth ages 5-18 are eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted through Friday, September 10, 2021 at 4:59 pm.

Application Instructions:
Step 1. Select a SPECTRA Teaching Artist/arts organization. Use the Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Directory for suggestions, contact information, and artist fees.
Step 2. Contact the artist to discuss curriculum and project goals for your class(es) and to confirm details such as dates, fees, preparation time, supplies, and other costs such as kiln time.
Step 3. Complete the online application.
Step 4. You will be notified by September 20, 2021 whether your grant request is approved.
Step 5. Upon grant approval, contract with the artist and set up an orientation with the artist and all classroom teachers involved in the project.

Awards will be made payable within one month of approval, to the school, the district, or the school’s parent association, as indicated by the school on the application form.

It is the school’s responsibility to contract with and pay the artist. If this is a challenge for your school/district please contact the Arts Council to discuss other arrangements.

Schools may apply for more than one matching grant, as long as the total requested amount per school does not exceed

Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Directory:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

For assistance, contact:
Sarah Brothers
Arts Education Director
831.475.9600 x 18

Arts Council Santa Cruz County
1070 River Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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