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Teaching Artists’ Fund Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Individuals for Arts
Education in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis Counties

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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St. Lawrence County Arts Council (SLC Arts)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

09/15/18 Midnight EST Receipt


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Grants ranging from $300 to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, individual artists, and collectives for arts education initiatives in Lewis, St. Lawrence, and Jefferson Counties. First-time applicants are required to attend a grant workshop before applying. Funding is intended to support learning opportunities for K-12 public school students as well as for youth and adults of all ages.

The Teaching Artists’ Fund projects focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. The Teaching Artists’ Fund offers two funding strands:

- K-12 In-School Projects: Individual artists, nonprofit organizations or unincorporated organizations work in partnership with public schools to engage K-12 public school students in rich, artistic learning experiences during school hours. The applicant works with school-aged students. Projects must take place during school hours. Interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged, but not required.

- After-School and Community-Based Learning: Individual artists, nonprofit organizations or unincorporated organizations work in partnership with a community partner, in an after-school or community-based setting, to provide rich, artistic learning experiences to youth, seniors, and learners of all ages. Artists work with youth and/or seniors. Projects may take place in-school during the school day, in an after-school setting, or in a community environment.

Funding is intended primarily for artists' fees, but may also include administrative costs needed for the execution of the program (a maximum of 25% of the total request), and expendable supplies and materials needed for the execution of the program.

Applications will be evaluated on:

- Artistic & Instructional Merit - Projects must provide hands-on, participatory creation and/or learning opportunities in one or more art forms that may culminate in an exhibition, production or demonstration; emphasis is placed on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn through or about the arts; projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process.

- Student Engagement - Projects must offer in-depth, age and skills appropriate learning opportunities with each class, and include a minimum of three hands-on learning sessions; projects must center on the development and implementation of sequential, skills-based study.

- Learning Standards - Projects must center on the development and implementation of sequential, skills-based study, and include stated learning goals, methodologies and outcomes, and a means for evaluation; for K-12 In-school projects, interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged, but not required.

- Local Funding Priorities - Projects that actively engage children.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173940

Estimated Size of Grant:

For both In-School Projects, as well as After-School / Community-Based Learning, the maximum allowable project request is $5,000, and the minimum is $300.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following are eligible to apply:

- Individual artists, at least 18 years old at the time of application, living in Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence County, who partner with a public school or community-based partner in the same county where they live

- Non-profits, unincorporated organizations, or collectives within Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence County for at least one year, which partner with a public school or community-based partner in the same county where they are located

The following are not eligible to apply:

- Individuals or arts organizations applying directly to NYSCA within the same fiscal year, regardless of that application’s status or outcome; DEC site staff or board members (in this case SLC Arts)
- Individuals or arts organizations not based in Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence County
- Previous recipients of this grant who have failed to provide final reports or other documentation, or have failed to comply with previous contracts

Not fundable:
- Activities that take place in a different county from where the grant check is being sent
- Projects involving partners that apply directly to NYSCA, or projects in which a NYSCA grantee profits or handles ticketing, or serves as a community partner or fiscal sponsor
- Non arts-related activities: Galas, benefits or fundraising events, including food, entertainment and reception costs; entertainment (includes balloons, clowns, magic, culinary or martial arts, gaming, “sip and paint,” and puppets or circuses lacking strong artistic merit); projects that are recreational, therapeutic, rehabilitative, or religious in nature (includes at-risk/social service programs when the purpose is primarily for rehabilitation, therapy or worship)
- Non-ADA compliant venues
- Permanent things: Equipment; capital improvements (includes land, buildings, renovations); anything which extends the life of or improves the value of privately-owned property; acquisition of works of art; creation of textbooks or classroom materials
- Lobbying expenses; events that take place in a private residence
- Assignments used for college or university study to earn academic credit
- Organization or personal finances: General operating expenses; operating expenses of privately owned facilities (includes homes and studios); start-up or seed funding for the establishment of a new organization; contingency funds (funds reserved for emergencies or unexpected outflows, mainly economic crises); requests which, when added to other income sources, will equal more than the total project expenses
- Awards: Competitions or contests (includes cash prizes, juried shows, fellowships, educational scholarships, and other awards to students); regrants by applicants to fund other activities
- Programs in which children are used as professional artists (paid a fee); projects which are part of a liturgy, or which intend to proselytize

Pre-proposal Conference:

SLC Arts offers free training and informational workshops to help individuals and organizations learn how to apply to the Teaching Artists’ Fund, and to provide a valuable opportunity to network with other local artists and organizations. These workshops also contain information about any changes to the grants process or paperwork since the previous year.

Workshops are scheduled every summer throughout the Tri-County area. First-time applicants are required to attend a workshop in 2018 before submitting an application for a 2019 grant; returning applicants are encouraged to attend. Participants should register in advance. For more information about the grant workshops, applicants should contact Alicia Murphy.

Thursday, July 26, 2:00 – 3:30
Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce
16 Church St.

Monday, July 30, 2:00 – 3:30
Hepburn Library of Edwards
205 Main St.

Thursday, August 2, 5:00 – 6:30
North Country Arts Council
52 Public Square

Thursday, August 9, 6:00 – 7:30
Ogdensburg Public Library
312 Washington St. (Conference Room)

Tuesday, August 14, 11:00 – 12:30
Flower Memorial Library
229 Washington St. (Community Room)

Wednesday, August 15, 10:00 – 11:30
Canton Free Library
8 Park St. (Paige Room)

Tuesday, August 21, 11:00 – 12:30
Lewis County Historical Society
7552 South State St.

Thursday, August 23, 11:00 – 12:30
Flower Memorial Library
229 Washington St.

To register for a Grant Workshop:

Pre-Application Information:

A complete application must be received by September 15, 2018, Midnight EST. This Application Deadline is for projects taking place between January 1 and December 31, 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to ask for free help:

1) During a scheduled workshop
2) By calling or e-mailing SLC Arts with questions
3) By scheduling an appointment to meet with the SLC Arts staff in person to review an application.

Applicants may contact the Grant Coordinator, Alicia Murphy, for one-on-one assistance and support with the application process.

Applicants may submit up to three separate project requests in a grant cycle, with the total of all requests not to exceed $5,000. There is no limit on the amount which may be spent on a project – only on the amount which may be requested from this grant to help meet project expenses.

Teaching Artists’ Fund grants may fund up to 50% of a project’s total cash expenses, but never more than 75% of the total cash expenses. At least 25% of financial support for the proposed project must come from another income source besides this grant. Contributions of goods or services (known as in-kind donations) count toward this 25% match.

Applicants are notified by mail after the panel review and board approval process is complete.

Checks are written out directly to the relevant artist or organization.

Contact Information:

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

For the online application portal:

Alicia Murphy, Grant Coordinator

SLC Arts Council
PO Box 252
41 Elm St., Room 124 Potsdam NY 13676
Tel.: 315.265.6860

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties