Arts Learning Project Grant

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March 19, 2018 (Advance Review Deadline: January 31, 2018)
GRANT AMOUNT: Up to $7,500

The Arts Learning Project Grant is a project-based grant designed to support imaginative arts education/learning activities and long-term artist residencies that establish, expand and/or enhance lifelong arts learning and increase cultural awareness. A demonstrated planning process and an ongoing evaluation process by teachers, administrators, staff, artists and the community are considered integral parts of a successful arts education/learning project.

Whether designed for a school environment or for the general public, eligible activities must accomplish one or more of the following areas of focus:
  • Arts Education – The development of cognitive (knowledge), behavioral (skill) or affective (appreciation) learning in one or more arts disciplines, which include dance, drama, music, visual arts, traditional and folk arts, video, film and writing.
  • Arts Integration – The use of the arts as tools to strengthen teaching and learning in non-arts subjects such as reading, social studies, science, math, etc.
  • Arts for Social Development – The use of the arts as tools to promote social development (for example, improved social outcomes for at-risk teens) or health and healing (for example, using arts with seniors, patients with Alzheimer’s disease, autism or other learning and/ or physical disabilities).

Long-term artist residencies (greater than 20 hours) provide students, teachers and communities with hands-on arts experiences through personal interaction with teaching artists. The residency design allows the artist to explore his/her discipline with students, teachers and community members through a variety of components including teacher workshops, classes, lectures, rehearsals, performances, community events and, perhaps, a final project.

In a school setting, a residency program is meant to enrich and support ongoing arts education, not to supplant or substitute services more appropriately provided by educators trained in the arts or otherwise. Artists are expected to engage students and/or teachers in the artistic process through innovative project-based leadership and modeling.

  • In-school residencies will only be funded if they supplement an existing program or provide a service that certified teachers typically couldn’t offer, unless the applicant makes an extremely compelling case otherwise.
  • Artists working under an Arts Learning Grant in a preK–12 setting may never work with students without the supervision of a teacher unless they receive written consent from the school’s principal.


Grant request must be matched 1:1 with a combination of at least 50% cash and in-kind* contributions. NAC requires that grantees report all in-kind contributions of goods and services as they have a cash value and demonstrate a broad base of community support.


Nevada 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public institutions, including schools, colleges, community centers, youth organizations, museums, tribal entities, senior centers, park districts and libraries.

  • An application may be submitted for either an annual Arts Learning Project Grant or a quarterly Jackpot Grant, not both.
  • Applicants receiving Arts Learning Component funding as part of a Partners in Excellence Grant may not apply for an Arts Learning Project Grant.


This is an annual grant category. As applications arrive, each is reviewed for eligibility and completeness by NAC staff, processed and scheduled for panel review. Applicants are notified of dates for the grant panel, which is open to the public. Arts Learning Project Grant applications are evaluated using a Scoring Rubric with three areas of focus: (1) Clarity of Application/Quality and Effectiveness of the Organization, (2) Commitment to Arts Education/Learning Excellence, and (3) Community Impact and Involvement. See page 15 of the Grant Guidelines.


  • All required Support Material must be submitted using the NAC’s online grant system.
  • An organization that has not previously applied for NAC funding will be required to submit an IRS 501(c)3 letter confirming legal nonprofit status and a copy of its current board list.
  • For specific Support Material required of applicants, please see page 39 of the Grant Guidelines.


Project Description

  1. Provide a concise description of your project. Please include when and where your project will take place, and who your project partners are, if relevant. What specific elements of the proposed project will NAC funding support? (2000 characters)
  2. What are the artistic and educational purposes and goals of the proposed project? How does it relate to your organizational mission? If your project is similar or the same as past activities, please summarize the importance of continuation in terms of learning. (1500 characters)
  3. Which area of focus does your project address – arts education, arts integration or arts for social development? (1500 characters)
  4. Describe your target audience(s) for this project/program. Include your anticipated numbers of participating students/teachers/artists. Is any part of the project open to the general public? (1500 characters)
  5. If your proposed project targets preK–12 students, please explain how your project relates to the Nevada Department of Education’s Arts Standards. (1500 characters)
  6. List project personnel and their responsibilities, including project manager and teaching artists. Please indicate if you are using a NAC roster artist. (1500 characters)
  7. Explain how your teaching artists are selected. (1500 characters)
  8. Why does your project deserve public funding (state and federal dollars)? (1500 characters)
  9. Please explain if your organization’s fiscal activity for arts/arts education programming has increased or decreased by more than 20 percent, or has experienced significant administrative or organizational change in the past year. (1500 characters)

Community Engagement and Planning

  1. Provide a concise description of your community and include: (a) its location in the state, (b) relevant community characteristics, and (c) demographics of its population. If you cite census data, please relate it to your programming decisions. (2000 characters)
  2. Describe the particular constituencies that your organization serves. This answer should be more broad-based than the above Question 4. (1500 characters)
  3. Describe briefly your organization’s planning process. (1500 characters)
  4. How does your organization identify and engage new audiences in arts/arts education experiences? If you use the term “underserved,” please provide us with your definition of the word as it relates to population(s) or region(s). (1500 characters)


  1. What methods will you use to market and promote your project to the general public and to specific constituencies? If your project is not open to the general public, how will you promote your activities to enhance the public’s understanding of the value of arts education/learning? (1500 characters)


  1. Describe the methods used by your organization to evaluate project impact and measure its effectiveness. How do you determine if your goals were achieved? How does your evaluation process inform your planning process? (2000 characters)


Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning Director, 702.486.3738 or email