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Arts in Education (AIE) - Artist Residencies

Grants to North Carolina PreK-12 Schools and Nonprofits
for In-Depth Art Instruction by Professional Artists

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North Carolina Arts Council

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to North Carolina nonprofit arts and community organizations, PreK-12 schools, and school systems for ongoing art instruction for students. Priority will be given to programs for at-risk youth, both in and out of the school setting.

Specifically, this program supports standards-based, long-term (10 days and longer) artist residencies that provide students with the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and skills in the arts. Educators and artists collaborate to design an artist residency that meets the specific needs of the school and engages students in hands-on, participatory arts learning. At a minimum, artists work with the same group of students for 10 days during the residency. Residency days and weeks do not have to be consecutive. Residencies can take place either as a part of the school day or outside of the classroom.

The Funding Source is interested in residencies that demonstrate how teams of educators and artists can work together to build curricula, deliver instruction, and learn from each other. Applicants are encouraged to articulate a plan of support for sustainable change in teaching practices.

Within this category, there is a special focus on artist residencies that use the arts as a way to address the needs of youth at risk of juvenile delinquency and other behavioral problems, including involvement in gang activity. These types of residencies may take place outside of the school, after regular school hours, in the summer, or on weekends – in times and places where youth most need constructive activities. Partners may include alternative schools where students who are not successful in mainstream classrooms are placed, or juvenile justice departments.

Examples may include:

- An apprenticeship/leadership program to provide teens with hands-on job training in the arts and enterprise under the mentorship of professional artists
- Workshops that provide teens with in-depth art instruction and opportunities to interact with and learn from professional artists

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182807

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $15,000. Organizations may not appply for more than 10% of their prior-year cash operating expenses. Organizations with prior-year expenses between $20,000 and $50,000 are eligible to apply for $5,000, the minimum grant award.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Pre K–12 schools, school systems, nonprofit arts or community organizations or partnership teams consisting of at least one school and one arts group may apply for this funding. Organizations designated as State Arts Resources (SAR) can be a part of an Artist Residency project but cannot be the lead applicant.

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 Artist Residencies or cARTwheels. 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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USA: North Carolina