Youth Project Grants fund high-quality arts and cultural programs that encourage creativity, develop new arts skills and foster success for young people beyond the normal school day. Opportunities to experience and engage in the arts, such as music, dance, theater, visual arts, crafts, photography and creative writing, may be limited in classrooms. This grant therefore provides funding for artists to work directly with young people after regular school hours, in the summer or on weekends, in or outside of school. The overall goal of this grant category is to afford all young people opportunities to engage in the arts so they can develop creative problem solving skills, positive forms of personal expression, and become more engaged in their communities through the arts.
To foster deeper connections with community, applicants are encouraged to establish partnerships between schools, arts organizations and community organizations that provide high quality arts learning experiences for youth in underserved communities throughout the state. For the purposes of this grant category, an underserved community is considered one in which individuals lack regular access to arts programs due to economic conditions, cultural, ethnic or geographic isolation, or physical or mental disabilities.
Full guidelines and downloadable budget forms for this program are available here.
The application deadline for this program is 11:59 pm Friday April 12, 2019 (for projects occurring between August 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020).