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Statewide Community Regrant (SCR) Program - Arts Education Grant (Spark Grant)

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) - Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!)

Conf. Date:

09/24/22

Deadline Date:

11/01/22 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations and individual artists partnering with schools or community-based organizations in eligible locations for educational arts projects. Applicants are required to attend an information session. Funding is intended to support the role the arts play in engaging K-12 public school students and community-based learning. Programs should benefit Genesee and Orleans Counties.

The Arts Education Program (Spark Grant) support arts education projects that take place in-school during the school day and/or in after-school and community-based settings for youth and/or senior learners and must be carried out in partnership with a public school or a community-based organization. Emphasis is placed on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn through or about the arts. 

The Arts Education Program (Spark Grant) is offered in two funding strands: K-12 In-School Projects and After-School and Community-based Learning. Funds can support arts education projects that take place in-school during the school day and/or in after-school and community-based settings for youth and/or senior learners and must be carried out in partnership with a public school or a community-based organization.

Emphasis is placed on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn through or about the arts. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. Inter-curricular collaboration for in-school projects is encouraged but not required.

Spark Grants strive to build the capacity of local teaching artists and nonprofit arts organizations while providing K-12 public school students and/or adult learners high-quality artistic learning experiences.

K-12 projects that address the Common Core Learning Standards will be reviewed favorably.

Project requirements

  • Sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of 3 sequential hands-on learning sessions.
  • In-depth, age and skills appropriate learning opportunities.
  • Hands-on, participatory creation and/or learning opportunities in one or more art forms that may culminate in exhibitions, productions, or demonstrations.
  • Stated learning goals, methodologies and outcomes and a means for evaluation.
  • Spark Grant funds must not replace, or appear to replace, the role of certified arts teachers in schools.
  • Support should be primarily directed toward artist fees but may include scholarship support, administrative support and the cost of materials.
  • For ALL applicants working in partnership with a Public School:
    A letter of commitment from the partner school to the arts organization or artist must be included with the application in order to be eligible for funding. The letter of commitment must outline in detail the partner(s) support of the project (monetarily and otherwise) and anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner involved. The partnership letter should be on the partner(s) letterhead and signed by the principal.
  • For artists or unincorporated entities working in partnership with a Community-based Organization:
    A letter of commitment from the community-based partner to the artist arts organization or unincorporated entity must be included with the application in order to be eligible for funding. The letter of commitment must outline in detail the partner(s) support of the project (monetarily and otherwise) and anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner involved. The partnership letter should be on the partner(s) letterhead and signed by the director of the partner organization.
  • It is recommended that support materials include lesson plans, evaluation plan, video/photo work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174014

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

January 1 – December 31, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who May Apply: Nonprofit organizations and individual artists partnering with eligible public schools or community based organizations.

There are three types of applicants who may apply for the Spark Grant:
Nonprofit Organization: An eligible nonprofit organization with a permanent address in the same county as the public school may apply for funds. A letter of support from the public school is required.
Individual Partnering with the School: Individual artists or unincorporated entities may apply directly to this program by partnering with the school. The applicant artist must reside in the same county as the partnering school. If awarded, funds will be disbursed to the individual directly.
Fiscal Sponsor: For individuals or groups that do not reside in the same county as the partnering school, an eligible nonprofit organization with a permanent address in the school’s county may agree to receive funds for the project and pass them on to the individual. A fiscal sponsorship letter from the sponsoring organization is required in the application. If awarded, funds will be disbursed to the fiscal sponsor to be passed on to the Individual Artist.

Ineligible applicants
· Public or private school districts, universities, or colleges
· Departments or agencies of New York State (this includes BOCES)
· Applicants living outside of the county in which the grant project is taking place without a fiscal sponsor
· Organizations or individuals that have applied directly to the New York State Council on the Arts for the 2023 grant cycle, regardless of funding status. This includes NYSCA REDC.
· Organizations or individuals that have applied for the exact same project 3 years in a row.

Funding will not be provided for the items listed below. By including ineligible expenses in your budget or narrative, you may disqualify your entire application from being considered. If you have questions about expenses, just ask!
· General operating expenses
· Operating expenses of privately owned facilities
· Permanent equipment or capital improvements
· Cash prizes, juried shows, scholarships, fellowships, awards to students
· Activities to not open to the general public such as camps or clubs
· Events that take place in private homes or studios
· Entertainment costs including food/drink or receptions/parties/fundraisers
· Creation of textbooks or classroom materials
· Programs in which children are used as professional artists (paid a fee)
· Regrants by applicants to fund other activities
· Activities that are non-arts related including balloons, clowns, magic
· Projects that are recreational, liturgical (for the purpose of worship), therapeutic, or rehabilitative in nature
· At-risk social service programs when the focus is primarily for rehabilitative or therapeutic purposes
· Acquisition of works of art, art restoration, or art preservation
· Contingency funds
· Lobbying expenses

Pre-proposal Conference:

ALL 2023 APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND A GRANT WORKSHOP!
Registration is required at least two days in advance.

If you would like to apply and are unable to attend the workshop, or have any questions about the SCR (formerly DEC) Grants Program please contact Mary Jo Whitman via email.

Workshop Dates:
- Sat, 8/27 @ 10am; GO ART! 201 E Main Street, Batavia
- Sat, 9/3 @ 10am; Virtual (zoom link will be provided two days before workshop)
- Tue, 9/6 @ 6pm; Woodward memorial Library, 7 Wolcott St, Leroy
- Sat, 9/10 @ 10am; Hoag Library, 134 Main St, Albion
- Mon, 9/12 @ 5pm; Hollwedel Memorial Library, 5 Woodrow Drive Pavilion
- Tue, 9/13 @ 6pm; Olreans YMCA Pearl Street, Medina
- Sat, 9/17 @ 10am; Maxton Memorial Library, 3 N Pearl St, Oakfield
- Mon, 9/19 @ 6pm; Virtual (zoom link will be provided two days before workshop)
- Tue, 9/20 @ 5pm; Byron-Bergen Public Library, 13 S Lake St
- Sat, 9/24 @ 5pm; Yates Community Library, 15 N Main St Lyndonville

Pre-Application Information:

Application portal opens Sept 15, 2022 at 12:00am. All applications must be completed and submitted by Nov 1, 2022 at 11:59pm.

GO ART! Timeline
· GO ART! Grant Informational Seminars (Aug – Sept 2022)
· GO ART! accepts 2022 applications (Sept 15 – Nov 1, 2022)
· Funding Panel meets to review application (Nov 2022)
· GO ART! Board of Directors approves panel recommendations (Dec 2022)
· Grant Awards Announced (Dec 2022)
· Contracts Distributed (Dec 2022)
· 2021 Funded Projects begin (Jan 2023 – Dec 2023)
· GO ART! SCR Recipient Awards Ceremony (April 2023)
· Funding Distributed at Recipient Awards Ceremony (April 2023)
· Final Reports Due (30 after event, Jan 31, 2024 – Jan 31, 2024)

If you would like your application reviewed by the SCR Program Coordinator it must be emailed by October 15, 2022.

Contact Information:

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

Apply: https://goart.submittable.com/submit/233747/spark-grant-2023

Mary Jo Whitman, SCR Program Coordinator:
mjwhitman@goart.org
(585) 343-9313

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Genesee and Orleans Counties

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