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Arts in Alternative Education Community Partnership

Funding for Nonprofit Arts Organizations

The Arts in Alternative Education Community Partnership offers funding for nonprofit organizations to expand access to arts education for students attending alternative education schools in Oklahoma. Nonprofit organizations can request up to $25,000 to support arts education programming, training, and more at alternative education school sites as identified by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE).

Alternative education school sites serve students who are at a greater risk of not completing high school for a variety of reasons which may include inconsistent housing, traumatic experiences, excessive absences, pregnancy or parenting, juvenile justice involvement, or others. These students often require specific educational interventions. Arts programs can help these students build new skills and develop healthy methods of creative self-expression through classes like creative writing, painting, photography, music, and theatre, while allowing them to complete a Fine Arts credit—a requirement for high school completion. Schools that have participated in the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Arts in Alternative Education grant program report that arts experiences result in increased attendance and higher graduation rates, among other positive student outcomes.

Oklahoma nonprofit arts organizations offer both a wealth of artistic resources and the flexibility to build sustainable partnerships that can serve these schools and students in new and innovative ways.

Program Objectives



Project Activity Dates
July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025 (Grant Period FY2025)

Grant Amount
Up to $25,000 per organization

Administrative fee: Grantees may allocate up to 15% of their grant award for their own salaries, wages, and operating expenses directly related to administering award.

Match requirement: 1:1 (100%). Half of the match (50%) may be in-kind support. Matching funds may not be other Oklahoma Arts Council funds..

Award amounts are determined using the grant program scoring criteria and agency priorities.

Proposal Submission Deadline
The FY2025 submission deadline will be announced soon

Who Can Apply?

Arts-focused 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations incorporated in the State of Oklahoma as a Domestic Not for Profit Corporation


What Types of Projects Can Be Supported?

Learning-based arts programs for students in alternative education sites, including in-school classes, residencies, workshops, virtual learning-based arts programs, professional development opportunities, and other arts experiences. Please see the Grant Program Guidelines document for more information. Sites must be alternative education school sites as identified by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). Learn more at the OSDE Alternative Education page.

What Expenses Are Allowable?

Funding from this grant can be used toward the reimbursement of arts-related expenses such as teaching artist fees, student travel expenses, consumable supplies, and administration/technical fees. Please see the Grant Program Guidelines document for complete list of allowable and unallowable expenses.

Documents and Links

Grant Program Guidelines available soon for FY25
General Grant Terms and Conditions
Grant System Login

How to Apply

Step 1: If your organization has not applied for an Oklahoma Arts Council grant in the past three years, you will need to request access to the grant system.

Step 2: To submit a proposal for the Arts in Alternative Education Community Partnership, please send the required proposal materials to no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 6, 2023. Required proposal materials are listed in the Grant Program Guideines.


Who to Contact for Help

For questions about this grant program, contact Jennifer Allen-Barron, Arts Education Director, at or 405-521-2036.

For questions about managing your grant award, contact Thomas Tran, Grants Director, at or 405-521-2041.

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