Artists in Community Partnership Grants
ACP grants fund projects developed between artists and community organizations, businesses and other non-arts providers. The projects exemplify ways in which artists can help businesses in the non-arts sectors meet their goals.
For the past two fiscal years, VCAC has held back RFPs. This program is on hold, awaiting notification of an NEA Grant.
The ACP grant program evolved from Communities Activating the Arts, an initiative funded by the James Irvine Foundation and presented by the Ventura County Community Foundation.
VCAC sees ACP program growth through the activation of a much-needed narrative concerning the vital and unique role the arts can play in advancing business interests and raising public awareness to social services and other important community functions.
VCAC partnered with Tracy Hudak’s Creativity Works to apply for the NEA’s Art Works, Creativity Connects grant program. Our project is called, VC Impact Partners: Arts & Social Change.
Elementary School Mini-Grant Program
Established in 2004, this program provides support to elementary schools in partnership with local artists and arts organizations to bring standards-based arts education into classrooms. Funds may be used to take a classroom to a Ventura County arts venue for an educational program. All funded programs must take place during the school day.
VCAC distributes applications to all elementary schools in Ventura County. We offer assistance to schools to identify artists and educational outreach programs offered by local nonprofit arts organizations that adhere to the Visual and Performing Arts Standards as set forth by the California Department of Education (VAPA).
A VCAC grant panel selects proposals that best meet program guidelines. The school receives a check for half of their grant upon signature of the Grant Agreement by the school and its arts provider. Each school submits a final report including photos, statements from students and staff, and itemized expenditures. When VCAC receives this, the remaining grant monies are issued to the school. The school is responsible for paying all expenses including a stipend to the arts provider. Program support comes from John & Beverly Stauffer Foundation and Target.
8 Mini-Grants were awarded to fund arts in county elementary schools, four of which are Title 1 schools, reaching over 750 students. The funded projects featured a trip to see a fully staged “Nutcracker” by one of the county’s prestigious ballet schools. Additional funds supported poetry writing from a CPITS poet, character lessons learned through participation in theater stories, an art project about the Rainforest, and visits to classrooms by the regional New West Symphony’s Music Van, giving students an opportunity to try out all of the instruments.