Arts Education Innovation Grants Program

2018 Arts Education Innovation Grants


In partnership with the Creative Sonoma the Arts Education Innovation Grants Program supports new and innovative ideas that engage underserved Sonoma County, California students, ages 2-18, through providing access to high-quality arts education.



Ideas for projects could include but are not limited to:

  • Developing unique partnerships that increase access to arts education to new participants.
  • Piloting untested, innovative arts education programs that extend opportunities to underserved participants.
  • Arts education programs that are culturally relevant to students and build on established community connections.

Eligibility Criteria

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 this program may not apply for funding from the Summer Arts Youth Program Grants for the same or similar project, especially if it occurs solely during the summer.

Strong applicants will be able to demonstrate:

  • How students are participating in the creation of visual, performing, literary or media arts.
  • How the program or project increases students’ knowledge of a particular art form.
  • How the program or project increases students’ knowledge in other related areas, i.e., cross-discipline learning about arts and healing, arts and the environment, etc.
  • How the program or project reaches a student demographic that typically does not have access to arts education.
  • For programs or projects that will develop unique partnerships, evidence that all entities engaging in the partnership are fully committed to success.

For further details, and to apply, please follow this link on the Creative Sonoma website.