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Arts Learning Grants

January 26, 2016

Maine Arts Commission grants

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 10.18.08 PMThe Maine Arts Commission awards grants to artists, arts organizations, and arts educators through 12 different programs. The 2016 applications for six of these, with a deadline of March 24, are now open. The Arts Learning grant is especially for schools and educators working with students providing arts education.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 24, 2016, 5 PM.

The maximum award is $5,000. Last year the average grant award was $2,300.

ABOUT GRANT

Funds are to be used to enhance PK-12 arts education through teaching artist programs, connections with community arts education, curriculum planning, professional learning for arts educators, teaching artists and teachers of all content.

The proposal should include the use of best educational standards-based practices reflecting 21-century teaching and learning.

PK-12 schools, community organizations, and cultural institutions acting as or in partnership with teaching artists are eligible to apply for the Arts Learning grant.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Your school or organization is eligible to apply if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • Is a nonprofit organization, legally established in the state of Maine.
  • Has a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, is a public school, or is a unit of municipal, county or tribal government.
  • Is in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission awards received.

REVIEW CRITERIA

Arts Learning Grant applications are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of high-quality arts education teaching and learning opportunities. (25%)
  • Clear description of the project and its impact. (20%)
  • Evidence of significant collaborative planning among teachers and other partners and capacity to carry it out. (20%)
  • Description of evaluation methodology with clear objectives and outcomes. (15%)
  • Alignment with State of Maine Learning Results for Visual and Performing Arts and the Common Core standards. (10%)
  • Assurance that the project will include certified, trained teaching artists and will provide professional development opportunities where appropriate. (10%)

APPLICATION NARRATIVE

(All character counts include spaces. 4,400 characters/page)

  1. In two to four sentences, please describe your idea. (4,400 characters)
  2. Clearly state the objectives for the idea, and plans for evaluating your success.(2,300 characters)
  3. Describe your partnership, collaborative planning and the learners that you serve, including underserved students. (2,300 characters)
  4. How does your proposal align with the State of Maine Learning Results for Visual and Performing Arts? If relevant, speak to the Common Core standards. (2,300 characters)
  5. Who are the professional teachers and teaching artists involved in this project? Summarize their professional experience. (2,300 characters)

APPLICATION PACKAGE REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete answers to all narrative prompts
  • Completed project budget
  • Most currently completed 990 (for organizations only)
  • Resumes, bios, or curriculum vitae for all key personnel. Include resumes for all teaching artists
  • One to three letters of support from individuals or representatives of organizations or schools who can speak to their anticipated benefit from the project
  • Lesson Plan/Unit showing learning outcomes and assessment tools

To read all of the details please go to http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Grants/artslearning#.

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