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AthFest Educates Grant

Grants to Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Nonprofits,
Schools, and Agencies to Enhance Arts and Music Education

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AthFest Educates

Deadline Date:

08/23/17 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Athens-Clarke County, Georgia nonprofits, public schools, and government agencies to enhance arts and music education for youth in grades K-8. Funding priorities include non-consumable equipment, programs and experiences, and professional development for educators and specialists.

Priority One - Music and Arts Non-Consumable Equipment:

Description: Equipment that can be used by multiple young people throughout the duration of the year and possibly across future academic years. The equipment is not connected to a particular project - it is equipment needed for the general functioning of an arts or music program

Requirements: Identify how the equipment will be used and why it’s necessary to have in order for students to achieve the stated learning objectives

Examples: Class set of a particular instrument; a video camera; materials to build a permanent stage; computer software; etc.

Priority Two - Music and Arts Programs and Experiences:

Description: On-going programs or one-time experiences that give young people exposure and access to the social, emotional, and academic benefits of music and/or arts

Requirements: Identify the learning objectives of the program/experience and how this program/experience will enable students to achieve the stated learning objectives

Examples: Class trip to an art museum or musical performance; youth production of a play, dance, or musical; poetry slam after school program; etc.

Note: Lunchtime performances fall into this priority and grantees will be required to coordinate both the artist and equipment needed for the performance.

Priority Three - Art-based and Music-based Professional Development for Educators and/or Youth Development Specialists

Description: Professional development opportunities that build an educator’s or youth development specialist’s ability to incorporate music and arts into a classroom or program setting

Requirements: Identify how the skills gained during the professional development opportunity will be incorporated into the classroom and how the skills are expected to enhance youth learning

Examples: Attending the NAEA national conference; completing an on-line course on using music to teach math; substitute fees to allow for job shadowing of highly-effective music/art education professionals; designing and delivering a professional development workshop(s) for Athens-Clarke County K-5 professionals wanting to learn how to use dance to enhance storytelling skills; etc.

AthFest Educates is committed to funding high-quality and meaningful programs, and it refers to the following organizations to identify current teaching and learning best practices:

-National Art Education Association
-Music Teachers National Association
-National Association for the Teaching of Drama
-National Dance Education Organization
-Georgia Department of Education

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176604

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Estimated Size of Grant:

AthFest Educates caps the awards at $5,000 per grantee.

Term of Contract:

AthFest Educates grantees can apply for, and be awarded funding for, two consecutive years. After two consecutive years, the grantee must take one year off before reapplying for AthFest Educates funding.

Please note that all grants are only one-year grants, so you must reapply for each grant cycle if you’re hoping to be funded for two consecutive years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible for AthFest Educates grants, individuals must be:

1. Employed by, or partnering with, a nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) status, Clarke County School District (CCSD), or a local or state government agency

2. Serving Athens-Clarke County youth in grades K-8 who attend CCSD public schools

AthFest Educates does not award grants to private or parochial schools or church-based programs.

While music and arts educators have historically received the largest number of AthFest Educates grants, the organization firmly believes in the power of music and arts to develop and deepen a young person’s understanding of all core subject areas including language arts, math, science, and social studies. Therefore, applicants planning to use music and/or arts as a teaching and learning mechanism for these core content areas are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications and evaluation samples (if applicable) are due no later than August 23, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Applications not received by the deadline will not be reviewed by the AthFest Educates Grants Committee.

All applicants will be notified via e-mail on September 25, 2017.

-Applications open: July 5, 2017
-Applications are due: August 23, 2017
-Awards are announced: September 25, 2017
-Checks are mailed: October 2, 2017

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia: Athens-Clarke County