The National Endowment for the Arts' call for ARTS WORKS proposals is coming up on July 24, 2014, and collective impact projects fit under the NEA's parameters for potential efforts to fund.

Visit their website to read the full guidelines and read a summary of collecitve impact project requirements below.
 

July 24, 2014, Application Deadline
June 1, 2015, Earliest Beginning Date for Arts Endowment Period of Support

School-Based Direct Learning Grants

Projects support arts instruction for students, pre-K through 12th grade, that result in increased knowledge and skills in the arts. Projects should engage students in direct learning over an extended period to increase their proficiency in and understanding of an artistic discipline, genre, or form. These projects must include all of the following elements:

Experience: Participants experience exemplary works of art -- in live form where possible -- to gain increased knowledge and skills in the art form.

Create: Informed by their experience in an art form, participants will create or perform art.

Assess: Student learning is measured and assessed according to either national or state arts education standards. At the conclusion of the project, grantees will be required to describe the assessment methods used to assess learning, and to submit any tools used to assess learning with their Final Report. Before applying, please review the reporting requirements for Learning.  

School-Based Professional Development Grants

Projects support opportunities for classroom teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, school/district administrators, other educators, and civic leaders to learn how to engage students in high quality arts learning and improve instruction. These projects must include all of the following elements:

Experience: Participants have an experience in or through the arts.

Study: Participants are engaged in a sustained, in-depth course of study.

Evaluate: Participant learning is evaluated and the impact of the professional development on practice is measured. Before applying, please review the reporting requirements for Learning.  

Collective Impact Grants

Projects increase student access to arts education through collective, systematic approaches. John Kania and Mark Kramer have shown how collective efforts have a greater impact on social change than individual efforts in their "Collective Impact" article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

We anticipate making a limited number of grants at higher award levels for longer term, large-scale projects that use a collective, systematic approach to provide arts education to students throughout a neighborhood, school, school district, and/or state.

These projects should embrace the following principles, which may be ongoing and occur at any point during the project:

- See more at: http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works/arts-education#sthash.UjdY2v6b.dpuf

July 24, 2014, Application Deadline
June 1, 2015, Earliest Beginning Date for Arts Endowment Period of Support

School-Based Direct Learning Grants

Projects support arts instruction for students, pre-K through 12th grade, that result in increased knowledge and skills in the arts. Projects should engage students in direct learning over an extended period to increase their proficiency in and understanding of an artistic discipline, genre, or form. These projects must include all of the following elements:

Experience: Participants experience exemplary works of art -- in live form where possible -- to gain increased knowledge and skills in the art form.

Create: Informed by their experience in an art form, participants will create or perform art.

Assess: Student learning is measured and assessed according to either national or state arts education standards. At the conclusion of the project, grantees will be required to describe the assessment methods used to assess learning, and to submit any tools used to assess learning with their Final Report. Before applying, please review the reporting requirements for Learning.  

School-Based Professional Development Grants

Projects support opportunities for classroom teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, school/district administrators, other educators, and civic leaders to learn how to engage students in high quality arts learning and improve instruction. These projects must include all of the following elements:

Experience: Participants have an experience in or through the arts.

Study: Participants are engaged in a sustained, in-depth course of study.

Evaluate: Participant learning is evaluated and the impact of the professional development on practice is measured. Before applying, please review the reporting requirements for Learning.  

Collective Impact Grants

Projects increase student access to arts education through collective, systematic approaches. John Kania and Mark Kramer have shown how collective efforts have a greater impact on social change than individual efforts in their "Collective Impact" article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

We anticipate making a limited number of grants at higher award levels for longer term, large-scale projects that use a collective, systematic approach to provide arts education to students throughout a neighborhood, school, school district, and/or state.

These projects should embrace the following principles, which may be ongoing and occur at any point during the project:

- See more at: http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works/arts-education#sthash.UjdY2v6b.dpuf

July 24, 2014, Application Deadline
June 1, 2015, Earliest Beginning Date for Arts Endowment Period of Support

Collective Impact Grants

Projects increase student access to arts education through collective, systematic approaches. John Kania and Mark Kramer have shown how collective efforts have a greater impact on social change than individual efforts in their "Collective Impact" article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

We anticipate making a limited number of grants at higher award levels for longer term, large-scale projects that use a collective, systematic approach to provide arts education to students throughout a neighborhood, school, school district, and/or state.

These projects should embrace the following principles, which may be ongoing and occur at any point during the project:

  • Partnership: Cross-sector partners work to determine a common vision, define goals, develop strategies, and identify measurable outcomes for arts education. Partners may include arts organizations, units of government, school systems, funders, community organizations, or institutions of higher education. Priority will be given to projects that include a managing partner that is the coordinating entity, and involve at least three cross-sector organizations, one of which is an arts/cultural organization.
     
  • Data: Data informs decision making. This may include asset mapping of community resources, collecting student data, or creating new data collection tools
     
  • Planning: A plan outlines system-wide arts education implementation. This should include a description of each partner's role in achieving the common vision, as well as plans for communication among the partners and sustainability.
     
  • Programming: Activities support the plan. Programming may include services to students, professional development, curriculum design, or convening stakeholders.
     
  • Evaluation: A shared measurement system assesses the impact of planning and programming and is disseminated.

You must identify your project as either Emerging or Sustaining.

Emerging projects are in the initial phase of work to establish an arts education plan. These projects may cultivate partners, convene, collect data, or create an arts education plan.

Sustaining projects have an arts education plan in place. These projects may continue work from the emerging phase, be in the programming and evaluation stage, or scaling up proven efforts to increase arts education access. These projects must demonstrate how they are disseminating information to the fields of arts education, public education, and beyond.

(NOTE: If any partner in the project has been a past participant in the Education Leaders Institute (ELI), indicate that in your application. Describe if and how the proposed project supports or is aligned to efforts made as a result of participation in ELI.)

Visit the NEA's website for more information.