Grants for Art Education

A solid art education is essential for an aspiring art student. It is with a good education that they can enhance and improve their talents and skills. Some schools may have difficulty in implementing an effective art education program due to the lack of funding. Grants for art education are very beneficial for both the school and the student in attaining their academic goals. It helps provide the financial aid they need in order to implement these educational programs.

ING Unsung Heroes Program

This program was created to give funds to schools with innovative classroom projects. This is to assist schools in implementing their unique educational programs for the students to achieve their academic heights. Teachers, full-time educators, paraprofessionals, classified staff members and principals who have projects that improve how a student will learn in a private school or at a K-12 public school are eligible to apply.

To apply for the application, download and fill up the application form that you can access at: http://www.ing-usa.com/us/stellent2/groups/dc/documents/companylobinformation/001143.pdf.

Applications must be postmarked by the date April 20, 2011. Additional forms may be obtained from your ING representative or by contacting Scholarship America. You can send the applications to:

ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program
c/o Scholarship America
One Scholarship Way
P.O. Box 297

The grant amounts are as follows: First place – $25,000; Second place – $10,000; Third place – $5,000.

Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant Program

This program gives grants every year to student-centered programs of local PTAs which are focusing on arts education. It provides funds for the enhancement or establishment of art programs in the areas of photography, visual arts, literature and music. This program is designed for the enhancement of arts education for at risk students in various learning environments and in the classroom. At risk children are those students who have a familial, environmental or socioeconomic situation that is affecting their ability to learn or achieve academic success. New technologies, methods and techniques are introduced along with visiting artists and other activities.

The eligible applicant should be a local PTA with good standing. Applications are submitted online. A long narrative is submitted with the application as well as the completion and submission of a PTA grant report. The report is submitted to:

Program Coordinator Arts in Education, National PTA or thru email at Reflections@PTA.org.

The grant will require a match of in-kind or cash contributions dollar for dollar. A limited number of grants are awarded every year with amount to up to $1,000.

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