Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education Grant

Last updated: April 6, 2018

The Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education Grant connects artists and arts organizations with elementary, middle and high school students, by funding programs designed to awaken their intellectual and creative curiosity.  Some funding is available for artists to conduct programs in private and charter schools.  Additional support is provided by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System.

Information Session: Suggested for all first time applicants. If you cannot make the information session and are a first time applicant, please call Dara Silver, Grant Program Manager, at 747-1426 to discuss your program.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 4 pm
Hanes Conference Room
Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
251 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101


Application Deadline: Friday, May 4, 2018 by 5:00 pm via email to dsilver@intothearts.org

Applicant Interview with Panel: Week of May 14 between 8:30am – 12:30pm

Award Notification: By July 1, 2018

Funding/Project Period: October 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019

Final Report Form due by June 1, 2019.  The final report form includes a brief description of the project, evaluation of the project, demographic and attendance data by school visited, participation data, publicity photographs of the project for use by The Arts Council.

Questions: Contact Dara Silver, Grant Program Manager, dsilver@intothearts.org or 336-747-1426


Eligibility Criteria

Individual artists and arts & cultural organizations with an EIN (Employer Identification Number).  If an organization does not have an EIN they must secure an Arts Council Member Organization to serve as their fiscal agent.

Applicants may apply for one (1) Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education Grant per fiscal year.

Applicants should demonstrate an ability to successfully communicate in a school environment with children.  Artists/presenters working in a classroom setting should not only demonstrate strong artistic accomplishments but should be trained and/or experienced presenters/educators.

Schools are not eligible to apply.

Allowable Expenses

Administrative expenses, such as organizational and support staff, overhead costs, etc.

Outside professional services both programmatic and artistic, such as teaching artists, program consultants, etc.

Other program expenses, such as materials, supplies, student transportation, etc.

The panel may restrict funding for specific elements of the proposed project.

Projects that take place outside of the school are permitted provided the standard course of study requirement is met, and participating students are of elementary, middle, or high school age.

Funds may be spent only on those activities specified in the grant application or approved in a project or budget revision.  Applicants must submit a written request to the Grant Program Manager at The Arts Council prior to implementing any project or budget revisions.

Some funding is available for artists to conduct programs in private and charter schools.

Arts-In-Education grants may not be used for scholarships.

Evaluation Criteria

A panel led by an Arts Council Board Member and art educator professionals will evaluate projects based upon the following:

  • Applicant’s ability to clearly state the relationship between the proposed project’s artistic objectives and the students’ curriculum as defined in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/
  • The proposed project’s artistic and programmatic merit.
  • Applicant’s ability to successfully complete a project of quality.
  • Applicant’s ability to communicate successfully within an educational environment.
  • Applicant’s ability to create concise, program-specific preparation and follow-up materials for teachers to use with students. Materials must address the goals and objectives of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

Grantee Responsibilities

Grant recipients are to adhere to all items outlined in their contract.

Grant recipients are responsible for distributing teacher evaluation forms after each program.

At the end of the grant period, the grantee must submit a complete and accurate final report form.  Failure to submit a complete final report in a timely manner will affect current funding.

It is the responsibility of the recipient to determine his or her state and federal income tax liability as it relates to the grant and to file appropriate tax forms.

Grant recipients must use the following credit line and logos prior to performances and workshops.  “This presentation/project was made possible by The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County’s Wells Fargo Arts-in-Education grant along with support by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.”

Grant funds that remain unspent at the end of the grant period must be refunded to The Arts Council within thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period.

Funds must be spent only on those activities specified in the grant application or approved in a project or budget revision.  Grantees must submit a written request to the Grant Program Manager to change to scope of the project.

Projects designed for the public school system are assigned by the school system’s Arts Program Manager after grant recipients have been notified of their award.

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