Please Note: The Arts Education Innovation grants program is closed for 2017.
2017 Arts Education Innovation Grants
We believe that everyone deserves a full, vibrant creative life and that access to a high-quality arts education for young people builds the foundation necessary to foster such a life. Unfortunately, access to arts education is not always equitable. There are those who lack access based on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or religion. We seek to address these disparities and expand access to typically underserved students with a new grants program open to both established and grassroots arts and cultural organizations that share our commitment to equity.
The Grant Program
In 2017, in partnership with Creative Sonoma, we are launching a competitive grants program to support new and innovative ideas that specifically engage students ages 2-18 with limited access to high-quality arts education. Ideas for projects could include but are not limited to:
Applicants can include a diverse range of organizations from small, grassroots groups to well-established arts education organizations. Those who have a creative, innovative, equitable approach to expanding access to arts education are encouraged to apply. Projects can occur in or out of school settings. Applicants must demonstrate 501(c)(3) status or apply with a fiscal sponsor. Grantees of Community Foundation Sonoma County Arts Education Innovation grants, whose projects will occur between July 1 and September 15, 2017, are not eligible to apply for a Creative Sonoma Summer Arts Youth Program Grant.
Strong applicants will be able to demonstrate:
The maximum grant award is $7,500.
Please note that programs or projects that do not engage students in the act of creating art, but are solely based on viewing a performance are not eligible to apply. To learn more about eligible organizations and projects, please visit our Grant FAQs page.
How to Apply
Community Foundation Sonoma County uses an online process for submitting grant applications. If this is your first application using the online program, you will be asked to set up an account, provide your IRS Tax ID (or Fiscal Sponsor Tax ID) and take a short eligibility quiz.
If you have an established account, you will be asked for your password to either access existing application drafts or to open a new application.
Once you’ve opened an online account, you will be asked a series of question that include your contact information, funding request amount, project start and end date and a series of narrative questions. We highly recommend that you complete your application in a Word document and then copy and paste the content into the online template; click here to download a Word version of the narrative questions.
Applicants will also be asked to upload the following documents (templates will be provided for those documents with an asterisk):
A word of caution: When working in the electronic application program, save your work as you go along and, if you want to leave and then return to complete your application later, save your work before you exit the program. Once you’ve exited without saving, your unsaved work is lost. For answers to frequently asked questions, click here.
For questions about the Arts Education Innovation grants program, please contact Karin Demarest, 707.303.9621, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about the online application process, please contact Annette Williams: 707.303.9639, email@example.com.