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Arts Continuum

Grants to New York City Elementary and Middle
Schools to Collaborate on Enhancing Arts Education

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New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) - Office of Arts and Special Projects (OASP)

Deadline Date:

10/25/16 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $6,000 to $24,000 to New York City elementary and middle schools to work together to provide transitioning students with high-quality arts education. The purpose of this program is to reduce the disconnect between middle school arts programs and those of their feeder elementary schools.

Through this program, middle schools and their feeder elementary schools will work together, in partnership with NYC arts organizations to articulate, sustain, and advance arts learning for students as they transition from elementary to middle school. Funding will support the development of innovative residency and curriculum plans to achieve these goals, along with the school-based arts residencies that will pilot and help bring schools’ curriculum plans to life.

Projects/residencies can take place in-school and/or after-school, and must be designed around Blueprint-aligned instruction around one arts discipline (dance, music, theater, or visual arts).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176017

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each pair of applying schools (one MS and one feeder ES per pair) may request a combined grant ranging between $6,000 and $24,000 to pay for services provided by their partner arts organization.

In addition, a fixed per session allowance of $1,058 (approx. 24 hours) per partner school will be provided to offset costs for such activities as planning, meetings, and curriculum review.

Term of Contract:

Projects may commence as early as November 2016 and must be completed by June 15, 2017.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only principals and assistant principals of non-charter, public NYC elementary schools (grade 5 and below), middle schools (grades 6 through 8), and secondary schools that serve grades 6 through 8 (e.g. 6-12 schools) may apply. Note that due to the targeted scope of the program (i.e. new arts collaborations between two separate school administrations who share an elementary and middle school feeder relationship), K-8, K-12, and District 75/79 schools are not eligible to apply.

Each ES/MS pair designates a lead applicant, who is responsible for submitting the online application. Each school may apply only once per cycle, as either a lead or co- applicant. Priority consideration will be given to applicant pairs featuring both an elementary and middle school who have not been awarded FY17 arts partnership funding from the DOE Arts Office.

Proposed projects and residencies should be developed to target upper elementary and entering middle school grades, specifically, students in grades 4, 5, and 6. Priority will be assigned to proposals that provide compelling strategies to serve students in all three target grade levels.

Applying schools must propose work with a partner with a demonstrated track record of providing arts education services in the elementary and middle school settings. Priority will be assigned to proposals featuring organizations who have a current DOE contract for Arts Education Services (click here to view a list of contracted vendors).

Schools who have received two consecutive years of funding under either the DOE’s Arts Continuum or Arts for ELLs and SWD grant programs are not eligible to request new funding through either program in 2016-17. However, such schools are encouraged to consider applying for smaller Arts+Family Engagement grants to support their arts partnerships beyond a second year.

Pre-Application Information:

-Late August, 2016: Arts Continuum Request for Proposals released
-October 25, 2016: Applications submitted online by 11:59 PM
-Early November 2016: Application review and grantees selected
-Mid November 2016: School notification
-November 2016 - June 2017: Projects implemented
-June 15, 2017: End-of-Year Project Report due

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Ben Espinosa, Arts Partnership Manager
(917) 521-3746

New York City Department of Education
Office of Arts and Special Projects
52 Chambers St, Rm 205
NY, NY 10007

Grant Coverage Areas:

New York City

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USA: New York City;   New York