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AthFest Educates Grant

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

GrantWatch ID#: 176604
Agency Type:

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AthFest Educates


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Grants totaling $25,000 to Clarke County, Georgia nonprofit organizations, school districts, and government agencies to enhance music and arts programming for K-8 public school students. Funding may be used for equipment, programs, experiences, and professional development for arts and music educators and youth development specialists.


1) Music and Arts Non-Consumable Equipment

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.

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

2) Music and Arts Programs and Experiences

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.

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

3) Art-based and Music-based Professional Development for Educators and/or Youth Development Specialists

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.

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 – 5professionals wanting to learn how to use dance to enhance storytelling skills; etc.


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

-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

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

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.

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

Awards are issued in September and January of each academic calendar year.

Current Grant Cycle:
-Applications Open: November 7, 2016
-Applications Due: December 16, 2016
-Awards Announced: January 23, 2017
-Checks Mailed: January 30, 2017

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

Mailing Address:
AthFest Educates
P.O. Box 327
Athens, GA 30603

(706) 548-1973

Clarke County

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