The Alabama State Board of Education and the Alabama State Council on the Arts recently announced the recipients of thousands of dollars in grants to increase arts education opportunities for Alabama students.
Two local teachers and an arts organization were among those that received grants from the state.
Growing arts education in North Alabama
Funding from the Alabama State Board of Education is available for projects that take place in the schools as part of the regular curriculum and that advance the role of the arts as essential to student learning.
Projects tied to the curriculum may include classes, workshops, consultants, guest artists, performances, exhibits, professional development, residencies and activities designed to increase the quality of arts in Alabama schools.
Smaller grants are provided for arts exposure and arts enrichment activities, such as performances, field trips or professional development workshops.
Among those receiving grants this year were:
- Maitland Conservatory in Huntsville
- Viktoria Truesdail, elementary music teacher in Madison County Schools
- Sarah Shifrin, choir director at Monrovia Middle School
New grant deadline is coming up
The next grant application deadline for arts education is June 1. Here are a few guidelines for grant applications:
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities, or a public institution, such as schools or municipal governments, located in Alabama are eligible to apply for Project Arts & Cultural Facilities, Technical Assistance Grants, and Operating Support grant types.
- Individuals are eligible to apply for a Fellowship, Folk Arts Apprenticeship, or Technical Assistance grant types.
- Grantees must be compliant with applicable State and Federal regulations and in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service.
- Grantees must be in good standing with the Council on the Arts. Applications from current grantees are welcomed.
- Funds will not be disbursed without satisfactory final reports on all grants from previous fiscal years. Delinquent final reports may result in in new applications being deemed ineligible.
- Activities, and all funded expenses, must be: Arts-oriented or directly supporting arts-oriented outcomes; completed within the fiscal year; matched dollar-for-dollar with eligible expenses paid for by the grantee in cash; or a combination of cash and in-kind donations or discounts, unless specifically exempt.