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The 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.
GRANT AWARDS: Applicants may request between $4,000 and $25,000. All awards require a 1:1 cash match.
ELIGIBILITY: All applicants must possess nonprofit status or nonprofit intent, but need not be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Applicants may be: 1) arts and cultural organizations in any arts discipline (literature, performing arts, visual arts, traditional arts, multidisciplinary arts, etc.); 2) other organizations that provide arts programming (government entities, social service agencies, etc.); or 3) educational organizations (public, private, charter, and parochial schools from pre-kindergarten through university level) that demonstrate a commitment to arts programming in a larger community setting.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS: 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. Many grantees use funding to support artistic or educational expenses. Other allowable expenses include program planning and evaluation. The budget section of the Arts Partnership application provides a full list of allowable expense areas.
Ancillary activities including tickets to performances, travel, and final product expenses (e.g., costumes, fairs and festivals, awards programs, etc.) should only be included in project costs when they are integral to project goals. Projects should supplement but not supplant an existing school program, including any after-school component of a curricular, co-curricular, or extracurricular school activity. Travel expenses should not exceed 10 percent of the total project cost, or $1,000. Please refer to the Introduction and Overview for a list of activities the OAC cannot fund.
Sample activities might include:
• Enhancing skills or knowledge necessary for learners of any age to engage in the arts
• Assisting professional development efforts that prepare educators to engage arts learners
• Conducting research advancing the depth of knowledge about best practices in arts education
• Leading planning work to expand access to arts learning in schools and communities
• Hands-on participatory art-making with older adults