Ventura County Arts Council | Elementary School Arts Mini-Grant

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ARTS MINI-GRANT APPLICATION GUIDELINES

PURPOSE

The Ventura County Arts Council Arts-in-the-Classroom Mini-Grant Program, established in 2004, provides a source of support for the elementary schools to partner with local arts organizations and artists to bring standards based arts into K-6 classrooms. The funds may also 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. No after school programs will be funded. This round of mini-grants will be awarded during the 2018 fall semester. This grant cannot be used to fund a VCAC Artists in the Classroom residency.

Study after study has concluded that students benefit from an education that includes the arts as part of the core curriculum because it encourages 1) creative thinking, 2) team problem solving, 3) risk taking, 4) delayed gratification, and 5) excellence as the standard, all are essential to job preparedness in the information age.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Ventura County Arts Council Elementary School Arts Mini-Grants are available to Ventura County elementary school K-6 classrooms that partner with a Ventura County artist or arts organization. Application narrative must list specific guiding principles as contained in the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools, Pre-kindergarten through Grade Twelve.

All arts disciplines will be considered. Only one application per school will be funded per funding cycle.

Ventura County Arts Council Elementary School Arts Mini-Grant funds can be used to pay the artist, organization, tickets, or school provided transportation to local venue. The funds may NOT be used for equipment or to pay for an existing in-school arts program. Projects will be selected on the criteria of:

  1. learning experiences structured by the California Arts Content Standards,
  2. utilization of local artist resources and
  3. ongoing learning that uses this project as a springboard for continuing arts education and/or integration with other content areas.

 

BUDGET

The Ventura County Arts Council’s Elementary School Arts Mini-grant of $500 to $1000 is intended to be partial funding for the program/project. Cash support is required from the school, district, or PTA: 25% of the amount requested from VCAC must be matched with new money from the schools. In-kind is not acceptable as a match.

Sample: Requested from VCAC – $500. A cash match from the school, district, or PTA of $125 is required for a total of $625 toward the program/project. 75% of VCAC funding must be assigned to arts provider (artist or arts organization) via stipend or ticket purchases, or district provided transportation to Ventura County venue.

Half of the requested funds will be issued upon grant approval. The remaining half will be supplied when evaluation and documentation materials are received, on or prior to June 1.

  

EVALUATION/DOCUMENTATION

Documentation through photographs, quotes, video clips when possible should be included with final evaluation materials. Final budget showing how money was distributed with receipts will be reviewed as well.

Evaluations will be submitted separately by each of the project partners upon completion of the project. The grantee is responsible for forwarding the appropriate evaluation form to other partners in the project.  The remaining half of the grant will be issued when evaluation and documentation materials are received, on or prior to June 1.

Downloadable evaluation .doc files

  

APPLICATION DEADLINE

The online application (fill in fields below) or mail-in application must be received by October 15, 2018. Email applications to: vcarts@pacbell.net Mail-in applications should be sent to Ventura County Arts Council, 646 County Square Drive, Suite 154, Ventura, CA 93003-0436. Late or incomplete applications will be returned without being reviewed. Applicants will be notified by email and hard copy by November 15, after the Review Panel has made its decision.

Questions should be directed to the Ventura County Arts Council at vcarts@pacbell.net or (805) 658-2213

 Generously funded by THE JOHN AND BEVERLY STAUFFER FOUNDATION

FOR ONLINE APPLICATION PLEASE FILL OUT THE FIELDS BELOW

  • Please type school name and full district name.
  • Maximum request $1000 - School match must equal 25% of amount requested from Ventura County Arts Council.
  • CostVCAC Grant Request25% School Match 
  • CostVCAC Grant Request25% School Match 
  • CostVCAC Grant Request25% School Match 
  • CostVCAC Grant Request25% School Match 
    If no other costs, please enter 0.

If for some reason you are unable to use the submission program, you  may email the director.