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Arts in Education (AIE) - cARTwheels Program

Grants to North Carolina PreK-12 Schools and
Arts Nonprofits for Quality In-School Art Activities

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North Carolina Arts Council

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Grants starting at $5,000 to North Carolina PreK-12 schools and nonprofit arts organizations for quality arts activities and performances in the school setting. Priority will go to supporting professional artists working in educational settings, as well as to collaborations between schools and arts organizations. Please note that Arts in Education grants are not intended to substitute for a school’s arts education program.

The cARTwheels program provides high-quality stage performances and residency experiences to students across the state. cARTwheels engagements typically include:

- A teacher workshop (required, two to three hours): to help teachers create entryways for their students to the performance.
- Live performances: two 50-minute, high quality, age-appropriate performances that engage students’ imaginations. These performances will be presented at local performance venues.
- Residency activities in schools and in community.
- Study guides to introduce students to the performance. Guides include activities and resources that make curricular connections and facilitate extensions in the classroom.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182806

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

The funded activities must take place between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Arts in Education (AIE) program provides support to schools and nonprofit organizations to strengthen the use of the arts in Pre-K–12 settings.

Arts in Education grants are not intended to substitute for a school’s arts education program.

To be eligible for Arts Council funding, organizations:

1) Must be a nonprofit organization (or an organization that has applied for non-profit status using a fiscal agent*);
2) Must have been producing quality arts programs for at least two consecutive years;
3) Must have prior-year organizational cash operating expenses of at least $20,000.

All applicants are required to have a DUNS number. Click here for instructions:

University-based programs must focus on audiences outside the university community and be part of an overall effort to reach audiences outside the university. Grants may not support the institution’s internal programs.

Tribal organizations must represent North Carolina or federally-recognized tribes.

The Arts Council makes lateral grants to other state government organizations on a limited basis for distinctly innovative projects.

A non-profit organization with tax-exempt status may act as a fiscal agent for an applicant organization that has applied for, but not yet received its tax-exempt status. In cases where a grantee is using a fiscal agent, the fiscal agent, and the grantee organization, is fiscally and legally responsible for all grant requirements.

Grant funds may not be used for the following expenditures:

- Deficit reduction
- Capital expenditures
- Contingency funds
- Food or beverages for hospitality or entertainment functions
- Fundraising events
- Art sales events and auctions
- Interest on loans, fines, or litigation costs
- Lobbying expenses
- Tuition for academic study
- Indirect Costs

All programs funded by the Arts Council must be accessible to people with disabilities and in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Applicants may include costs for making programs more accessible (i.e. sign language interpreters, and audio descriptive services) in their application budgets.

Pre-Application Information:

The application will be available online on January 8, 2018. The 2018-19 deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018.

All grants to organizations must be matched dollar for dollar except for applicants from rural, low-wealth counties designated Tier 1, which are eligible for 75 percent to 100 percent funding. Organizations must make a strong case for financial need if the cash match is less than one-to-one.

Applicants in or serving counties designated as Tier 1 by the N.C. Department of Commerce are not required to provide a one-to-one match in certain grant categories and may request 75 percent to 100 percent funding of their project costs. These applicants must make a strong case for financial need in their proposal narratives. The 2018 designated counties are: Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Bertie, Bladen, Camden, Caswell, Cherokee, Chowan, Clay, Columbus, Edgecombe, Gates, Graham, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jackson, Jones, Lenoir, Macon, Martin, McDowell, Mitchell, Montgomery, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Person, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, Swain, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Yadkin, and Yancey.

Accessibility for People With Disabilities: Arts Council staff can arrange to meet with applicants with disabilities either in our offices, which are wheelchair accessible, or in another location that may be more convenient. Guidelines are available upon request in alternative formats.

General Guidelines:

Arts in Education Grant Information:

Please note that applicants cannot submit proposals in both AIE grant categories. They must choose either cARTwheels or Artist Residencies. For more information, see the link above.

Contact Information:

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

The online application will be available online on January 8, 2018. Applicants will submit the form electronically through the GO-Smart portal:

Sharon Hill
Arts in Education Program Director
(919) 807-6502

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina