Schools are struggling against budget cuts and shrinking resources in these tough economic times. So we want to help make it possible for your students to attend workshops, work with teaching artists, and experience powerful student matinees in the coming school year. Below is a list of links to various organizations with funding and grant opportunities for schools who wish to support learning through the arts. We will continue to update this list as opportunities arise throughout the year so please keep checking back. And give yourself a pat on the back for your dedication to your students, and for your accurate belief that the arts have a dramatic and important impact on learning!
We recommend that teachers contact each foundation through a phone call or letter of inquiry prior to working on an application. While we have tried to identify foundations which may be responsive to a proposal from a school or school district, every foundation is different and has different guidelines and funding priorities.
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Vermont Arts Council – Cultural Routes Grants
The Vermont Arts Council offers a transportation grant so that schools can more easily take students on field trips to arts events and cultural destinations. These are easy $200 grants and do not need to be matched (schools can get one per year).
The Vermont Arts Council Teaching Artists in Schools Grants can be used to implement the Flynn's Words Come Alive! program in your school. These grants have rolling deadlines and can be for up to $2,500 per school and do not need to be matched.
Target Field Trip Grants are available to fund scholastic outings when monies are otherwise lacking. Numerous Vermont schools have successfully received Target Field Trip Grants for Flynn Student Matinees. Maximum Award: $1000. Eligibility: teachers, principals, paraprofessionals and classified staff in K-12 public, private or charter school in the U.S. Target also offers an Arts Grant that provides $2000 for bringing arts programs directly to K-12 students, which would be appropriate for Flynn residencies or Words Come Alive! work in your school.
Mini-grants of $500 are awarded to schools and public libraries to support a variety of projects which enhance creative learning. Stipulations: grants cannot fund transportation, and the program itself cannot cost more than the grant, i.e. the grant must be the sole supporter of your activity. The deadline for this grant program is March 31 for activities in the subsequent school year.
The A.D. Henderson Foundation awards project grants and funding to public organizations which seek to promote the success and well-being of children. They have a special interest in promoting literacy and focus their funding almost exclusively on Vermont programs.
Other excellent sources of funding are local Rotary, Kiwanis, Chambers of Commerce and other service organizations. Some local church choirs have established an annual ticket subsidy to send schools to performances they could not otherwise afford, many school PTOs will fund enrichment field trips when budgets do not suffice, and some schools even hold bake sales and other fundraisers to amass the resources. We wish you good luck, and are always happy to brainstorm ideas with you in order to make arts experiences accessible to ALL children. Feel free to email or call us at schoolprogramsREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@flynncenter.org or 802-652-4548 ext. 0.