Grants & Opportunties

OPPORTUNITIES

Adaptation, Integration & the Arts
Deadline: rolling
 
Adaptation, Integration, and the Arts (AIA) is a program of VSA Ohio, a nonprofit, statewide organization focused on arts and disability. The purpose of AIA is to provide learning in and through the arts for students of all abilities. The program contracts teaching artists to lead artist residencies in inclusive classrooms. By bringing together artists, classroom teachers, and students with and without disabilities there is a unique opportunity to experience the power of the arts to support student achievement, creativity, innovation, and effective teaching and learning. The residencies are fully funded by VSA Ohio.
 
 

CONTESTS & AWARDS

Ohio PTA Reflections Contest
Deadline in January 

The PTA's annual Reflections contest kicks off during national Arts In Education Week! The theme for this year's contest is 'What Is Your Story?' Students in grades PS - 12 may submit entries in the following categories: visual arts, photography, music, dance, video, literature and special artist. Winners at the state level will advance to compete for cash awards in the national competition. Check with your school's PTA for full participation guidelines. Learn more.
 
Arts Educator Award
Deadline in January 
 
The Cincinnati Arts Association's Arts Educator Award promotes and rewards excellence in arts instruction throughout Greater Cincinnati. Students nominate an educator through video submission that describes the impact the educator has had on his/her students. The winner of the award will receive $2,500, and two finalists will receive $500 each. The winner will be announced at the Overture Awards Final Competition & Awards Ceremony in March. Learn more.
 
Excellence in Theatre Education Award
Deadline in March 
 
Behind every great performance is inspiration, and behind inspiration is a great teacher. The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University want to know what educators inspired you through theatre. Tell the story of your teacher, and he or she could be selected as the winner of this year's Excellence in Theatre Education Award. Learn more.
 
Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize
Deadline in March 
 
Great teachers routinely innovate by trying new lessons, modes of content delivery, or types of student activities to enrich the educational process. The Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research
Prize recognizes and supports the leadership of teachers who continually work to improve their practice through action research. Learn more.
 
Grammy Music Educator Award
Deadline to nominate in March 

For every performer who makes it to the GRAMMY stage, there was a teacher who played a critical role in getting them there. And really, that's true for all of us who are making music today. Maybe they introduced you to your first instrument. Or they showed you how to get over your stage fright. Or maybe they just inspired you to have the confidence to go for it when you were ready to give up.

It's time to say thank you to ALL of those teachers who put in ALL of those hours to make sure that ALL of us love and play music today! And who better to do that than the people who bring you the GRAMMY Awards?

We'll select 10 finalists including one winner each year to be recognized for their remarkable impact. The winner will be flown in to attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards in early 2018, receive the Music Educator Award at a ceremony during GRAMMY Week, plus pick up a $10,000 personal honorarium. All finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, while semifinalists receive a $500 honorarium. Learn more.


Community Arts Partnership Awards: Arts Educator
Deadline in early September
 
The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Community Arts Partnership Awards recognize the community’s crucial contributions to the arts including financial support, non-cash contributions, volunteer involvement and board participation. Strong partnerships between businesses, community members and the arts stimulate economic growth, promote the city’s revitalization, encourage tourism and enhance Columbus’ cultural image.
 
The award for Arts Educator  goes to an individual who has made a significant contribution to making arts education opportunities available to students k-12 within a school system or in after-school programs or activities.  Learn more.
 
I Love My Librarian Award
Deadline in September 
 
The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.  10 librarians will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City. Nominate a librarian.
 
Dazzle Awards
Deadline in September
 
Playhouse Square's Dazzle Awards aim to inspire and honor excellence in high school musical theater, and to recognize the importance of musical theater and arts education within the Northeast Ohio community. A panel of adjudicators attend one production at each participating school, provide educational feedback on the official evaluation form and determine nominees and awards for participating schools. This regional program culminates at the Connor Palace with the Dazzle Awards, modeled after the Tony Awards®, to recognize outstanding musical theater productions and students. The winners in the Best Actor and Best Actress category will have the opportunity to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City. Learn more.
 
Music Ed Idol 
Deadline in October 
 
21st Century Fox and Give a Note Foundation want you to nominate your “MusicEd Idol” – a music teacher who inspired you to reach further, dig deeper, and achieve on a higher level!  Submit a video nomination and your “MusicEd Idol” could win a grant for his/her school music program for $1,000. Twenty school programs will receive grants and five teachers will be selected to attend the 2016 NAfME National In-Service Conference (November 10-13) in Grapevine, TX.  Nominees must be presently teaching grades PK – 12 (pre-kindergarten through high school) in an accredited school. Learn more.
 
Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize
Deadline in October

The Varkey Foundation established this million-dollar prize in 2014 to raise the stature of the teaching profession. The Foundation believes that vibrant education awakens and supports the full potential of young people. The status of teachers in our cultures is key to our global future. Learn more.
 
Governor's Awards for the Arts: Arts Education
Deadline in October 

The Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio is a statewide program that showcases and celebrates Ohio artists, arts organizations, arts patrons, and business support of the arts. The public is invited to nominate individuals and organizations in seven awards categories. The program is presented by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation

The award for Arts Education goes to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions through leadership and creativity to advance arts education in Ohio's schools and community organizations. Learn more.

Overture Awards
Deadline in November 
 
The Cincinnati Arts Association's Overture Awards is a program that recognizes, encourages and rewards excellence in the arts among Greater Cincinnati students in grades 9-12. Its mission is to encourage arts education as an integral part of a student’s academic experience and to create an environment that encourages training in, and appreciation of, the arts. The Overture Awards Competition is the area’s largest solo arts competition and offers awards in six artistic disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theatre, visual art, and vocal music. For the 2017 competition, students may win $4,000 (one awarded in each discipline) or $1000 (a total of 18 awarded). Judges at all levels of the competition are drawn from the professional arts community. Learn more.

Columbus Symphony Music Educator Awards
Deadline in December 
 
Established in 1997, the Columbus Symphony’s Music Educator Awards recognize those individuals who instill and inspire a love of music in the children and adults of Central Ohio. The purpose of these annual awards is to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for music education, as well as to honor those individuals who are making a real difference in our community through their dedication to music education. One award is honored in each of the following categories: Elementary Music Educator, Secondary Music Educator, Community Music Educator. Learn more.
 
 

GRANTS AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS

Artist Express Grant
Deadline: Rolling
 
The Ohio Arts Council's Artist Express program allows schools and community organizations to collaborate with an artist for a short one- to three-day residency. Awards allow schools new to the artist residency experience the chance to explore an arts discipline through an accessible application process, a minimal time commitment, and a modest monetary investment. The Artist Express program also lays the foundation for a more in-depth residency in the future. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit OAC's website for more information.
 
Big Yellow School Bus Grants
Deadline: Rolling
 
The Ohio Arts Council's Big Yellow School Bus program provides up to $500 to cover travel expenses to transport students to and from an arts and cultural field trip destination. Applications are taken on a rolling basis, with applications due no later than eight weeks prior to the date of the proposed event. Learn more.
 
Georgia Pacific Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
 
The Georgia Pacific Foundation funds and supports community-based programs, volunteer service projects, disaster relief and other initiatives to improve the quality of life in communities where Georgia-Pacific operates. Grantmaking focuses on four areas: education, environment, community enrichment and entrepreneurship. Award amounts vary greatly. Learn more.
 
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
 
The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Grants to Educators program encourages individual educators to try innovative, smaller-scale activities within their classroom, school, or district. The maximum grant is $3,000. School districts may apply for the Open Grant program, which targets two areas of interest: Excellent Teaching and Deep Learning. The average Open Grant award is $12,000. Learn more.
 
Artist in Residence Program
Deadline: February 1
 
The Ohio Arts Council's Artist in Residence program brings schools and community organizations together with artists to share in-depth, engaging, personal and sustained arts learning experiences. Using experienced artists listed in the Arts Learning Artist Directory, the Artist in Residence program offers opportunities for learners of all ages to participate in the creative process, bridge cultural differences and cultivate fresh ways of seeing, responding to and learning through the arts. OAC funding covers 2/3 of the artist fees. Learn more.
 
NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grant
Deadlines: February 1, June 1, October 15
 
The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grant provides NEA members with grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Learn more.
 
NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants
Deadlines: February 1, June 1, October 15
 
The NEA Foundation's Learning & Leadership Grants support National Education Association members for one of the following two purposes: (1) Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences, or action research, and (2) Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.  Learn more.
 
Educator Initiative Grant Program
Deadline in February 
 
The GAR Foundation's Educator Initiative Grant Program is an annual program to support teacher-initiated, classroom-based projects and methods that demonstrably impact student academic achievement. Summit County educator teams may apply for up to $15,000 in funding for projects that demonstrate initiative, creativity, and progressive ideas. Learn more. 
 
Franklin County Neighborhood Arts
Deadlines: last business day of February, May, October
 
Franklin County schools are eligible to apply for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education's Franklin County Neighborhood Arts grant. Awards of up to $2,000 support community-based arts projects of any artistic discipline. School-based projects must provide students with a unique arts-based experience that extends beyond the reach of traditional in-school instruction. Projects must include some component that is accessible to the general public beyond the school community, and strong preference will be given to projects that are designed as school-community partnerships. Visit OAAE's website for the full eligibility guidelines.
 
Arts Partnership Grants
Deadline: March 1
 
The Ohio Arts Council's Arts Partnership program supports arts education projects that address the needs of individual learners and their communities. Grant recipients engage in collaborative planning with partners, emphasize in-depth study of the arts, and use arts learning outcomes and standards-based arts education practices. By supporting these projects and programs, the OAC strengthens arts education locally, regionally, and statewide.
 
Applicants choose whether to apply for a one- or two-year Arts Partnership award. This program supports Ohio schools and organizations that plan and conduct projects with arts learning at their core. Priority is given to projects that target underserved populations—including, but not limited to, youth populations in rural or urban communities. Learn more.
 
 
LNRG Innovators Challenge
Deadline in March
 
LRNG Innovators invites educators to imagine engaging ways to help young people explore their interests, thereby igniting a passion that can lead to college, to a career, or having a positive impact in the community. We seek proposals for programs, curricula, or projects that actively help youth discover interests connecting the spheres of their lives, both in and out of school, and provide potential future opportunities. Learn more.
 
 
Mary Lou Anderson Reflections
Deadline in March 
 
The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant provides up to $1,000 in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects within their school community. Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the literary, media, visual and/or performing arts for at-risk or underserved audiences. Arts projects must actively engage families and community partners to strengthen family-school partnerships. Eligible applicants must be a PTA in good standing, as determined by the State PTA. Learn more.
 
Summertime Kids Grants
Deadline in March 
 
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation's Summertime Kids grants provide support for programs that are enriching and fun for children during the summer months. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to nonprofit organizations that are working with the young people of our community. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations, a school or church and be in one of GCF's eight counties: Butler, Clermont, Hamilton or Warren in Ohio; Boone, Campbell or Kenton in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana.  Learn more.
 
Voya Unsung Heroes
Deadline in April 
 
The Voya Unsung Heroes award supports educators with innovative classroom projects that will challenge students creatively.  The program awards almost $250,000 annually, with awards distributed across all 50 states. Learn more.
 
Learning Links
Deadline in May 
 
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation's Learning Links program was created to provide small grants to teachers for special projects that have a positive impact on any segment of the school. Educators from schools in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County, Indiana, are eligible to apply. Learn more.
 
Franklin County Neighborhood Arts
Deadlines: last business day of May, October, February
 
Franklin County schools are eligible to apply for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education's Franklin County Neighborhood Arts grant. Awards of up to $2,000 support community-based arts projects of any artistic discipline. School-based projects must provide students with a unique arts-based experience that extends beyond the reach of traditional in-school instruction. Projects must include some component that is accessible to the general public beyond the school community, and strong preference will be given to projects that are designed as school-community partnerships. Visit OAAE's website for the full eligibility guidelines.
 
Crayola Creative Leadership Grant
Deadline in June 
 
The Crayola Creative Leadership Grant awards schools up to $2,500 worth of Crayola products to develop an art-infused education creative capacity-building professional development program. The program is run in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Learn more.
 
NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grant
Deadlines: June 1, October 15, February 1
 
The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grant provides NEA members with grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Learn more.
 
NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants
Deadlines:  June 1, October 15, February 1
 
The NEA Foundation's Learning & Leadership Grants support National Education Association members for one of the following two purposes: (1) Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences, or action research, and (2) Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.  Learn more.
 
Mockingbird Foundation
Deadline in August 
 
The Mockingbird Foundation provides one-time grants to organizations that provide music education programming to students. Grants support a range of initiatives, including fostering creativity and supporting music education programs. Programs should provide programming to students 18 years old or younger. Grants range from $100 to $5,000. Learn how to apply.
 
Project Learning Tree
Deadline in September 
 
Project Learning Tree offers grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood's environment. Learn more.
 
National Art Education Foundation Grants
Deadline: October 1
 
National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) assists with efforts to represent the teachers of art in America, improve the conditions of teaching art; promote the teaching of art; encourage research and experimentation in art education; sponsor institutes, conferences, and programs on art education; and publish articles, reports, and surveys about art. NAEF annually invites applications for the Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants, Mary McMullan Grants, NAEF Research Grants, SHIP Grants, and Teacher Incentive Grants. Grants range from $500 to $10,000 depending on the grant category. Applicants must be active NAEA members. Learn more.
 
NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grant
Deadlines: October 15, February 1, June 1
 
The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grant provides NEA members with grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Learn more.
 
NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants
Deadlines: October 15, February 1, June 1
 
The NEA Foundation's Learning & Leadership Grants support National Education Association members for one of the following two purposes: (1) Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences, or action research, and (2) Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.  Learn more.
 
Delaware Arts Festival Grants
Deadline in October 
 
Visual arts instructors in Delaware City Schools are eligible to apply for funding to support special projects, major equipment purchases or other materials for their arts classrooms. Contact the Festival for an application and guidelines. Learn more.
 
Franklin County Neighborhood Arts
Deadlines: last business day of October, February, May
 
Franklin County schools are eligible to apply for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education's Franklin County Neighborhood Arts grant. Awards of up to $2,000 support community-based arts projects of any artistic discipline. School-based projects must provide students with a unique arts-based experience that extends beyond the reach of traditional in-school instruction. Projects must include some component that is accessible to the general public beyond the school community, and strong preference will be given to projects that are designed as school-community partnerships.  Visit OAAE's website for the full eligibility guidelines.
 
Vans Custom Culture Grants
Deadline in mid-December
 

VANS Custom Culture Grants are available to public high schools (including charter schools) serving students in grades 9-12. The grants are intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education, and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education. Ten (10) schools across the country will each receive a $2,000 grant to support their work in providing high-quality music and/or visual arts instruction for students. Learn more.

 
Walmart Foundation Grants
Deadline: December 31
 
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation provide grants to nonprofit organizations (including schools) with programs that benefit communities within the service area of the Walmart store, Sam's Club or Logistics facility from which they are requesting funds. Primary consideration for the Community Grant program is to support local organizations with programs that align with Walmart and the Foundation's core areas of giving; however, programs that do not align with these areas may also be given consideration. Learn more.