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Arts Learning Grant

Grants to Utah Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools,
and IHEs for Interactive Arts Education Projects

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Utah Division of Arts and Museums

Deadline Date:

03/23/18 5:00 PM MST


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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $7,000 to Utah nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools and IHEs for arts education activities serving people all ages. Applicants are advised that registration in the application portal may take up to two days to complete. The purpose of this program is to support lifelong learning opportunities in the arts through enhancing access to the creative process, as well as deepening artistic knowledge and skill.

Arts Learning Grants provide funding for interactive and comprehensive arts education-based projects in which a qualified teaching artist(s) works with a specific community population, organization, or school.

Arts learning projects may be for children, youth, or adults. The proposed project must include hands-on instruction and creation of original work by learners under the direction of a qualified teaching artist(s). Arts learning projects may be thematic and focus on a particular core area such as math, science, language arts, or social studies through dance, theatre, music, storytelling, film/video, visual arts, and creative writing.

The most successful applications will clearly delineate the learning objectives of the project. Please be aware that this is a competitive grant, and not all projects will be funded. Projects may receive partial funding. Exceptional projects may receive full funding.

Examples of projects include:
-In-depth in-school projects/residencies for K-12 students
-Arts learning opportunities in community centers, including those serving adults and seniors
-Creation of public artwork where a community population works with a teaching artist to create an installation. This funding can pay for the professional cost of the teaching artists’ time and up to $800 ($400 of arts materials/consumables and $400 for equipment directly associated with the project)
-Cross-cultural project with folk or traditional artists
-Master class for an identified community, group, or population
-After-school or summer camps that provide extended contact time with teaching artists to create new work
-Professional development workshop for K-12 teachers in a specific artistic discipline

This list is not comprehensive. Please contact the Arts Education Manager with specific questions regarding your proposal.

Eligible Activities:
-ALL applications must include hands-on engagement in an art form with a qualified artist(s)
-Community-based projects led by a professional artist
-Projects that focus on national and state standards-based arts learning objectives (for K-12 populations)
-Site-based professional development for a group of classroom teachers taught by professional artists
-Teaching artist fee(s)
-Artist travel costs directly related to the project
-Creation of a new work made by learners working directly with a teaching artist
-Interdisciplinary projects that integrate the arts with social justice, STEM, language arts, or cross-cultural awareness
-Limited instructional supplies, materials, and consumables may be included in the budget if they are necessary for the implementation of the project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179100

Estimated Size of Grant:

The funding range is $2,000 - $7,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be used between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or government agencies
-Social service agencies, shelters, hospitals, correctional facilities, juvenile facilities
-Public, private, charter, and alternative schools; colleges and universities (must be accredited institutions)
-Community centers
-Local arts agencies and municipalities

Not Funded:
-Individual artist projects, including commissions, stipends for creation of artwork, or professional development for artists
-Student transportation or other resources for field trips or individual travel (no busing costs)
-Tickets to performances
-Scholarships or awards
-Tuition at colleges or universities
-Registration fees or travel costs to attend a class/course
-Costs for installing permanent work
-Musical instrument purchase or repair
-Fundraising expenses
-Capital expenditures, including purchase of technology/equipment, scenery/lighting/audio, rights/royalties, exhibition furniture
-Employment of full-time artist, or staff position at a school or community center
-Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) projects in the same discipline. Funding may not be used as match for BTSALP specialist
-Commercial art programs such as “Meet the Masters” or associated art consumables

Pre-Application Information:

Grants require a 1:1 match.

Applicants MUST use an approved artist. Approved artists need to be included on the Utah Division of Arts & Museums Teaching Artist Roster located on,, or on the teaching artist roster of another state arts agency. Artists who are not on the UA&M Teaching Artist Roster must be approved for artistic/educational excellence prior to submission of this application.

If you are using an artist who is not on the roster, you must submit proof of educational and artistic merit, and explain how he or she is qualified to work with the specific community, population, or group for which you are applying.

All applications must be submitted online through the grant application portal. If you do not currently have access to the portal, it can take up to two days to receive a portal account. If there has been a change in staff at your organization, please contact staff so they can set up the correct account for access to the portal.

All applicants that identify as organizations are required to have a DUNS number.

All applications must be created and submitted by March 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM MST.

Budget Forms and Application Resources:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Jean Tokuda Irwin, Arts Education Manager

Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager

Racquel Cornali, Grants Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Utah