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Arts Learning in Communities Grants

Arts Learning in Communities grants provide support for projects that involve arts instruction, classes and/or workshops for people of all ages and abilities. From children to older adults to individuals with disabilities, community-based arts learning programs benefit Oklahomans throughout the state.

Who is eligible?
501c3 nonprofit organizations
Tribal governments
City and county governments
Public universities
Public libraries
Public schools

What types of projects qualify for funding?
Arts instruction, classes and/or workshops for participants of all ages. Examples include (but are not limited to) early childhood programs, summer and afterschool programs for children, prevention or intervention programs for youth or adults involving the arts, and senior programs.

What projects do not qualify for funding?
Arts instruction in schools during normal school hours, projects that do not actively engage students in the art making process, activities for which college credit is given, and activities not open to the general public. We cannot fund projects that involve fiscal agents.

What expenses can be paid for using grant funds?
Artist fees, administrative/personnel costs for project development, supplies and materials consumed within the scope of the project.

What expenses cannot be paid for with my grant?
Capital expenditures (equipment and building improvements), prizes or awards, food, fundraisers or benefits.

How is funding determined?
Quality of grant application
Quality of program
Project budget - only project deficits are funded
Organization's funding history and level of organizational capacity
Number of underserved individuals served through the program
Amount of funding available from the Council

Funding is awarded at one of three levels:

  1. Small Grant Support
    1. All new applicants must apply in this category.
    2. Applicants are eligible for two grants of up to $2500 each fiscal year. Grantees must provide a 1:1 cash match (half of the match may be in-kind support).
    3. Applications must be submitted at least 60 days before the start of a project.
  2. Major Grant Support
    1. Applicants must be invited by the Oklahoma Arts Council to be funded at this level.
    2. Applications must be submitted by February 15 for programs that take place from July 1 of the same year through June 30 of the following year.
    3. Applicants may receive funding for up to five projects each year. Projects may include a mix of Arts Learning in Communities, Community Arts or Arts Education programs.
    4. Grant amounts depend on the amount of funding the Oklahoma Arts Council receives from state and federal appropriations. Each grant requires a 1:1 cash match.
  3. Organizational Support
    1. Applicants must be invited by the Oklahoma Arts Council to be funded at this level. This level of support is only available to organizations that have demonstrated a high level of organizational capacity and arts programming.
    2. Applications are due March 1 every other year.
    3. Grant amounts are determined by a formula based on organization's revenues, panel review score, and amount of funding available.

Visit the e-Grant Login page to login or learn how to apply for a grant.

For more information please contact our Arts Learning in Communities Director.