The Arts in Alternative Education Community Partnership is a new funding opportunity for nonprofit organizations that will expand access to arts education for students attending alternative education schools in Oklahoma. Deadline for proposals has been extended to Friday, October 6, 2023, for requests of 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.
The funding for this program is made available through the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s federal coronavirus relief funds to address disruptions in learning experiences by students due to the pandemic.
Offer arts education for students in alternative education sites that is tailored to meet individual student and site goals, helping students overcome learning loss and re-engaging them in classroom settings
Support arts access and hands-on, sequential arts learning for Oklahoma students in alternative education programs
Allow participating students to complete a Fine Arts credit required for graduation
Leverage the resources of arts nonprofits to build sustainable, high-quality arts education programs for alternative education sites
Project Actvity Dates
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
Deadline has been extended to Friday, October 6, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Central Time
Who Can Apply?
Arts-focused 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations incorporated in the State of Oklahoma as a Domestic Not for Profit Corporation
In good standing with the IRS (Organizations that have had their IRS status revoked are not eligible for Oklahoma Arts Council grant support. It is the organization’s responsibility to ensure that its status is current at the time of the application and throughout the life of the award.)
In good standing with the State of Oklahoma
Registered with a SAM UEI and eligible to receive federal support (organizations cannot be listed under the SAM Exclusions federal debarred or suspended list)
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 405-521-2036.
For questions about managing your grant award, contact Thomas Tran, Grants Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-521-2041.
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