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Arts Partnership Program

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs,
and Schools for Arts Education Projects

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Ohio Arts Council (OAC)

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and institutions of higher educations for project-based arts learning activities. Funding is intended to address the needs of local residents and their communities. Grant recipients are expected to engage in collaborative planning with partners, emphasize in-depth study of the arts, and use arts learning outcomes and standards-based arts education practices.

This program supports Ohio schools and organizations that plan and conduct projects with arts learning at their core. Many grantees use the funding to support artistic or educational expenses. Other allowable expenses include program planning and evaluation. Priority staff outreach is targeted at attracting applications from organizations seeking to both maximize community strengths and shed light on community challenges, including and especially those in historically underserved areas.

Ancillary activities include tickets to performances, travel, and final product expenses (e.g., costumes, fairs, and festivals, award programs, etc.) should be included in project costs only when they are integral to projects goals. Projects should supplement but no supplant an existing school program, including any after-school component of curricular, co-curricular, or extracurricular activities. 

Sample activities might include: 

  • Enhancing skills or knowledge necessary for learners of any age to engage in the arts
  • Developing virtual programming to better serve online learners in new ways.
  • Assisting professional development efforts that prepare educators to engage arts learners
  • Conducting research advancing the depth of knowledge about best practices in arts education
  • Leading planning work to expand access to arts learning in schools and communities
  • Hands-on participatory art-making for older adults.

For information about review criteria, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 178197

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request between $4,000 and $25,000.

Travel expenses should not exceed 10% of the total project costs, or $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Arts Partnership grants are two-year awards. Applicants must still submit a brief summary of upcoming programming and updated budget information for the second year of their grant by the off-year deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must possess nonprofit status or nonprofit intent but need not be registered with the IRS as a 301(c)(3) nonprofit. Additional eligibility requirements for Arts Access include:
- Applicants may be 1) arts and cultural organizations in any arts discipline (literature, performing arts, visual arts, traditional arts, multidisciplinary arts, etc.); 2) other organizations providing arts programming (government entities, social service agencies, etc.); or 3) educational organizations (public, private, charter, and parochial schools from pre-kindergarten through university level) that demonstrate a commitment to arts programming in a large community setting. Additional funding restrictions apply to applications from colleges and universities.

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Pre-Application Information:

The next application deadline is March 1, 2021. (Deadlines are March 1 of odd-numbered years.)

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications at least three to five days prior to the application deadline in order to allow ample time to resolve any unforeseen problems they may encounter with the final submission process.

- November 1, 2020 (first year): Applications available
- March 1, 2021 (first year): Application deadline
- May 2021 (first year): Panel meeting
- July 2021 (first year): Grant award announcement
- August 30, 2021 (first year): Grant agreement deadline
- January 1, 2022 (second year): Off-year update available in ARTIE
- March 1, 2022 (second year): Off-year update deadline
- July 2022 (second year): Off-year grant award announcement
- July 30, 2022 (first year): Final report deadline
- August 30, 2022 (second year): Grant agreement deadline
- July 30, 2023 (second year): Final report guideline

All awards require a 1:1 cash match.

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

Apply online:

Chiquita Mullins Lee, Arts Learning Coordinator

Ohio Arts Council
30 East Broad Street, 33rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3414
TTY/TDD Ohio Relay Service: 1-800/750-0750

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