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Champion Creatively Alive Children Grant Program

Grants to USA and Canada PreK-8 Schools for
Art-Infused Professional Development Initiatives

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Crayola and National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

Deadline Date:

07/30/19 12:00 Midnight ET


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Grants of $2,500 and art supplies valued at $1,000 to USA and Canada PreK-8 schools whose principal is a funding source member for art-infused professional development programs that utilize creative capacity-building. Funding is intended to create a long-term school-wide commitment to art education and to help students develop skills in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. Visual art integration should be part of the creative capacity building plan; in addition, applicants may include dance, music, theater, art integrated ed tech, or media arts into the proposal.

Eligible plans should address specific needs and interests of your professional learning community. Consider how you'd create the team, craft a common vision, chart a strategic plan, embrace art-infused teaching strategies, build creative confidence, teach design thinking, align standards, embed creativity into the school culture, and use professional development, peer observation, and coaching to implement the plan.

Examples of Creative Leadership capacity building include the following:
- Providing a series of workshops delivered by teacher leaders, for teacher colleagues. For inspiration those teacher-leaders might attend a creativity leadership conference with the plan of delivering similar training to teachers, school-wide.
- Partnering with an arts organization or a university or museum that has expertise in art integration. Jointly building the advocacy case for the capabilities to implement art integration could include co-teaching and coaching sessions so the teaching strategy gets embedded into classroom teachers' practices.
- Organizing grade level and vertical professional learning teams who meet monthly to share art-infused lesson ideas and provide feedback to each other helps to implement art integrated cross-curricular lessons.
- Engaging parents in the Creative Leadership planning process and providing creativity theme books for faculty and parents to read and discuss in book club sessions. These conversations could be enriched by guest speakers/community members who specialize in the value of arts integration to increase student achievement.
- Using grant funds for substitutes so art teachers and classroom teachers have more collaboration and co-teaching time
- Helping teachers integrate hands-on visual art with ed tech apps, robotics, and other academic disciplines. A robust and innovative approach to interdisciplinary design thinking pedagogy can be the basis of staff workshops.

Preference will be given to applications that emphasize:
- Innovation: generate new ideas that build colleagues’ creative capabilities and confidence. Try something that isn’t currently common practice. Be original! This is not about painting a mural, planting a garden, or buying new tablets or 3D printers. It is about creative leadership, professional development, coaching colleagues and building their creative capacity and confidence.
- Collaboration: school-wide, with parents, and involving community partners. Build a creative, collaborative culture!
- Sustainability: ability to embed art-infused education in the school's future plans, beyond grant funding period. Long-term embedment is preferred over a single event such as an “art night”.
- Leadership: focus on articulating a shared vision, coaching colleagues, collaborating to increase creative experiences, and using authentic assessment that values children’s creative expression and original thought.
- Art-infused education: the program, objectives, and budget should have particular emphasis on integrating visual arts into professional development, enabling teachers to use art across the curriculum. Other art forms may also be integrated, but grant proposals without infusion of visual art are less likely to be funded.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171168

Number of Grants:

Up to 20 grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each grant-winning school receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant funds will be distributed by end of October 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals must be submitted by principals who are currently members of NAESP and intend on renewing membership for the 2019–2020 school year.

If the school does not have a certified Art Educator, the principal should collaborate with the person(s) designated within the school to teach the arts.

The schools must be located in either United States or Canada.

Schools that received this grant in 2018 will not be eligible to apply for a 2019-2020 grant. Instead, those grant winners are urged to become judges to help score new proposals. 2018 winners may apply again in 2020.

More information regarding NAESP membership may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

Finalists are contacted by late September 2019 and if they submit the required W9 form and signed photo permission forms for all students and faculty by October 4, 2019, they will be grant winners. Grant awards will be announced October 14, 2019 and made payable to the school, not individuals.

Early Bird Bonus: Every application received by 12:00 midnight ET on June 3, 2019 will win a Crayola product gift pack.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications should be sent to or faxed to 610-515-8781, Attn: Heather Loney

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

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