Artists in Education Grants

  • Purpose

    Provide opportunities for Virginia's students, educators and other adult populations throughout Virginia to participate in and learn through the arts by working with highly qualified professional artists, in support of lifelong learning.

  • Deadlines

    April 1, 2020 by 5:00 PM via the online grant system:

  • Description

    These grants provide Virginia’s Pre-K-12 students and teachers’ opportunities to work with professional artists either in a school setting or through after-school or summer activities. Artists in Education grants may support educational programs in the arts that enhance arts instruction in the school curriculum, professional development for professional artists and educators to work with elementary and secondary school students, or other adult popluations in community settings, meeting identified learning goals.
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  • Eligible Applicants

    • Virginia’s Public Pre-K-12 Schools which meet the basic eligibility criteria of the Virginia Commission for the Arts
    • Private, federally tax-exempt schools that meet the basic eligibility criteria of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, including compliance with: Title VI, Section 601, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IV, Section 1681, of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
    • Not-for-profit organizations which meet the basic eligibility criteria of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Back to top
  • Eligible Activities

    • New or expanded artist residencies
    • New or expanded after school or summer arts education programs facilitated by not-for-profit
      arts organizations
    • New or expanded training programs for artists or arts integration professional development for teachers who work with Virginia’s Pre-K-12 students

      The Commission will not fund the same activity of same artist(s) for more than three years without significant program expansion.

      NOTE: Teaching Artists may be proposed in the application with supplemental documentation of the artist's qualifications or selected from the Commission's Artist Roster, available online: grant funds may be used for artist stipends, equipment, supplies, and costs for documenting and/or evaluating program outcome. Back to top

  • Criteria for Funding

    • Artistic excellence of the participating artist(s)
    • Qualifications of the participating artist(s) for working with identified population
    • Clarity of the program description
    • Program planning and evaluation
    • Extent to which the proposed activities enhance existing arts education offered by the applicant (if in a school system)
    • Cost effectiveness of the proposed activities
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  • Amount of Assistance

    Applicants may request a maximum of $7,500 and must provide at least a one-to-one cash match of the requested grant.
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  • Requirements

    1. Applications must describe the existing arts education instruction provided by the Pre-K-12 school or arts organizations
    2. Applications must include a plan for evaluation of learning by the participating students
    3. Applications must include a description of how the participating artist(s) were recruited and selected
    4. Applications must include a description or plan for the recruitment or selection of intended participants (if adult populations)
    5. If the applicant is a not-for-profit arts organization, the application must clearly describe how the proposed activities are different from or an expansion of existing educational activities
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  • Application and Final Report Forms

    Application will open January 8, 2020. See 2020-2021 Guidelines for Funding, here.

  • W9 Form Requirement

    All organizations applying to the Virginia Commission for the Arts are required to provide a W9. Download a W9 form, HERE.

  • Duns Number Requirement

    All applicants must include their DUNS number when applying for a grant. Obtaining your DUNS number is a free, straightforward process. To obtain your number, visit Duns & Bradstreet online at:

Artist Roster

Thank you for your interest in the Virginia Commission for the Arts Teaching Artist Roster.The roster is an online searchable database of professional teaching artists. These artists are panel reviewed and are encouraged to work on grant funded VCA projects and programs. More importantly they are interested in sharing their teaching artistry across generations and organizations. The field of teaching artistry is critical to arts education and lifelong learning.

Applications are accepted twice a year for either October 1 or April 1. If the first is on a Saturday or Sunday, the application deadline is moved to the following Monday. Artist Roster applications will be accepted through our online grant system only- Interested teaching artists are encouraged to download the Teaching Artist Handbook to review deadline dates, documentation requirements, evaluation procedures and grant opportunities.

Teaching Artist Residencies can vary in length from a single day to an entire school year. The Commission does not set daily rates for artists; however, VCA suggests a contracted rate of at least $125 per day. Fees are negotiated directly between the teaching artist and the residency sponsors. The Commission does not serve as a booking agent for the teaching artist.

Eligible Applicants

A Teaching Artist applicant must be:

  • 18 years of age or older at the time of applying;
  • a resident of Virginia, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and/or the District of Columbia;
  • a professional artist with expertise in one or more arts disciplines;
  • skilled in working with children, youth, teachers, adults, seniors, veterans, and/or other populations;
  • and committed to differentiated instruction and effective teaching methods to reach all learners.


For more information download a copy of the Teaching Artist Roster Handbook.


The next round of applications will be completed via our new online grants management system. The next deadline for application review will be April 1, 2020 and October 1, 2020

Review Process

Applications and the supporting materials will be reviewed by the Commission’s Artist Roster panel comprised of artists and educators representative of different disciplines. The panel will review and evaluate each application on: professionalism, artistic excellence, instructional aptitude, curriculum and lesson planning and program management. The panel makes a recommendation based on their comments and scores based on the criteria and the commission board makes the final decisions on those teaching artists included in the roster.


For any questions about the Teaching Artist Roster contact:
Casey Polczynski
Arts in Education Coordinator
Virginia Commission for the Arts