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Artist in Residence (AIR) Grant

Grants to North Dakota Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools to Host Educational Artist Residencies

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North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA)

Deadline Date:

04/01/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $2,500 to North Dakota schools, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies to connect artists with teachers and students within the state through educational residencies. Residencies will take place during the school year and may take place during the regular school day or during non-school hours.

The AIR Program is designed not to replace, but to build upon and enhance a schools’ existing art programs and vision for future programming. The AIR grant may be used as a step towards the larger, AIEC grant program.​

Student Workshops and Core Group Sessions:
-The artist must have at least four (4) student-contact sessions per day. 
-At least one core group of students must meet with the artist each day of the residency to get an in-depth experience with the art form (see glossary for definition of core group).

Classroom size, per pupil, must comply with the Department of Public Instruction Accreditation Manual. 
-The following figures describe the maximum number of pupils per classroom: K-3 (25); 4-8 (30); and 9-12 (30).
-The Department of Human Services guidelines for pre-school maximum classroom size, per pupil are as follows: age 3 (20) and ages 4-6 (24)

Goals, Objectives and Standards
-All residency plans must include an overall goal(s), objectives and address ND State or National Core Arts Standards.

Certified Teacher
-A teacher licensed in North Dakota must remain in the classroom with the artist when the students are present.
-Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the withdrawal of grants funds.
-Teachers are strongly encouraged to participate with the artist during all student sessions.

Teacher In-Service
-All residency plans must include a teacher in-service or staff workshop.  
-This is a scheduled session (minimum 50 of min.) where the teachers meet with the artist to review the goals and objectives of the residency, develop an understanding of the art processes that will be introduced to students through hands-on activities, and explore options for extending the learning in the classroom. 
-The in-service preferably takes place prior to the residency.
-All staff members participating in the residency project are required to attend the in-service.

Community Event and Outreach
-All residency plans must include a final project, performance, or culminating community event where admission is charged or a free will offering is requested. This reinforces the fact that arts education is not free and the money generated can be used to fund additional arts education activities.
-The residency plan must be developed by involving artists, teachers, school administrators, and community members in the project.  This provides an opportunity for a community to discover the value of partnerships in arts education.
-The residency must be promoted within the school/sponsoring organization and the community at large. Good publicity of the residency, including invitations to school board members and legislators, will result in well-attended community events and encourage stronger support for future arts programs.

-The programmatic aspects of the project are required to be accessible as either part of the planned activity or upon request, where relevant. 

Teaching artists may be selected from the NDCA Arts in Education Roster. The North Dakota Council on the Arts publishes a roster of artists approved by the Council on the Arts to conduct residencies in North Dakota.  The roster includes musicians, visual artists, folk artists, dancers, and many other types of performing artists. Applicants are encouraged to choose artists from this pre-approved list.

Applications may include artists who are not on the NDCA Arts in Education Roster.

Rostered Artists from Other States
-The Council on the Arts will accept rostered artists from Arts in Education programs in other states to participate in North Dakota residencies.  These artists are exempt from the New Artist panel review; but must submit a New Artist Application along with the sponsor's AIR application for their first North Dakota residency.

Artist's Fee
-The artist's fee is negotiable between the artist/s and the applicant. The total artist fee should include honorarium, travel expenses, housing, sustenance, and artist materials. The current state rates for these expenses are listed on the NDCA website General Information Section.

Funding Priorities
-New applicants.
-Applicants that include North Dakota artists.
-Projects that enhance or advance the school’s vision for arts education.
-Projects that include clearly stated and achievable goals and objectives.
-Projects that provide new and innovative ideas, tools, and processes to students and teachers.
-Depth of learning for students.
-Depth of learning for teachers.
-Applicants that develop partnerships within their communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179099

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount for the AIR grant is $2,500.

The recommended average honorarium for artists for a one-week residency is $1,250-$1,500 plus expenses.

Term of Contract:

Projects may be scheduled the following fiscal year, July 1 - June 30.​

Residencies may vary in length, but must be a minimum of 3 days.​

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


-Any North Dakota school, school district, government agency, or nonprofit organization is eligible to submit an AIR application and serve as the lead partner and fiscal agent for the grant. The applicant organization must possess a registered TAX FEIN# and DUNS#.
-Applicants must comply with all general North Dakota Council on the Arts guidelines as well as those outlined in the AIEC program. 
-While individual artists, parents, or community members cannot submit an application on their own, these individuals are encouraged to initiate and support projects in partnership with their local school, school district, or arts organization. 
-Applicants may receive only one NDCA Artist in Residence or Arts in Education Collaboration grant per fiscal year.

This program does not fund the following:

-Costs related to social entertainment and reception expenses.
-Food or beverages for any purpose.
-Costs related to scholarships, prizes and awards.
-Costs related to permanent equipment.
-Strictly field trip or performance-based activities.
-Extra-curricular arts activities or programs that serve only selected students within a class or grade level.
-Fundraising projects.
-Applications that seek to supplant arts programs, curriculum or arts educators in schools.
-Regular salaries for employees of schools, districts, or educational cooperatives.      
-Support for individual professional development activities that could otherwise be eligible for a Professional Development Grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted electronically by the deadline on April 1, 11:59 pm. Notification of awards will be made approximately 45 days after the deadline via an Award Notice email.

Please note that while the grants system will accept applications after 5:00 PM on the deadline, staff will not be available to provide assistance one full business day prior to the deadline. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications several days in advance of the deadline to avoid any last-minute technical challenges.

A match is required.

Projects that include teaching artists residing within North Dakota may request 70% of the artist's negotiated fee and expenses - 30% match required.

Projects that include teaching artists that reside outside the state of North Dakota may request 50% of the artist's negotiated fee and expenses - 50% match required.

​​In-kind contributions demonstrate community support but may not be used towards the required match.

​Matching funds may come from any combination of Federal Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV (21st Century Community Learning), Title VI, IDEA , and Perkins funds and/or PTO/PTA funds, foundations, private donations, earned revenue or other grants.​

Applicants seeking a more prolong and sustained experience should consider applying for the Arts in Education Collaboration Grant.

Applicants may select an artist from the NDCA Arts in Education Roster:

If your application includes an artist/s not currently on the roster, the artist must complete the New Artist Application. The New Artist application must be mailed to NDCA by the deadline of April 1 and will be reviewed concurrently with the AIR application. If your school or organization would like to work with an artist/s who is not currently on the NDCA Arts in Education Roster, contact the Arts in Education Director for more information and assistance.

The Council on the Arts will accept rostered artists from Arts in Education programs in other states to participate in North Dakota residencies. These artists are exempt from the New Artist panel review; but must submit a New Artist Application along with the sponsor's AIR application for their first North Dakota residency.

South Dakota Teaching Artist Roster:

Minnesota Arts in Education Roster of Artists:

Montana Arts Education Artist Registry:

Contact Information:

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

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Questions about the online application? E-mail or call 701-328-7590.

Rebecca Engelman, Arts in Education Director

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