Grant and Funding Opportunities


Many funding opportunities are available to help support arts and arts integrated programming in your school and community. Information on a handful of resources is available below.


Hershey Foundation


    • LOI Due December 1, Full Proposal Due January 15
    • LOI Due June 1, Full Proposal Due July 15

Maximum Award: Varies

The Hershey Foundation gives special attention to unique, innovative and creative projects for children in Northeast Ohio. Priority is given to:

    • early childhood education programs
    • creative educational programs for children
    • arts, cultural and science programs for children

TeachArtsOhio – Ohio Arts Council

Deadline: February 1, annually

Maximum Award: $54,000

The Ohio Arts Council’s TeachArtsOhio program brings schools and community organizations together with teaching artists to share engaging, personal, high-quality arts learning experiences. Engagements can vary from short introductory exposures lasting just a few days to in-depth immersive experiences spanning a full school year.

Arts Partnership – Ohio Arts Council

Deadline: March 1 of odd numbered years (i.e. 2019, 2021)

Maximum Award: $4,000-$25,000

The Arts Partnership program supports arts education projects that address the needs of individual learners and their communities. Grant recipients engage in collaborative planning with partners, emphasize in-depth study of the arts, and use arts learning outcomes and standards-based arts education practices. By supporting these projects and programs, the OAC strengthens arts education locally, regionally, and statewide.

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

Deadline: 15th of each month except June and November

Maximum Award: $3,000

The Grants-Educators program encourages individual educators to try innovative, smaller-scale activities within their classroom, school, or district. Only one application from your school will be considered in a given month.

Paul M. Angell Foundation – Performing Arts

Deadline: LOIs open mid-October and mid-March

Maximum Award: Varies

The goal of the Performing Arts program is to support the presentation, perpetuation, and propagation of performing arts events, focusing on classical music and theater. Grantee organizations include professional performers, presenters, (including broadcasters) and educators. We are currently considering grants to the Chicago area, Cleveland, Detroit, and the Mid-Atlantic Region (from Washington, D.C. north to Philadelphia, PA. Please note that we currently do not fund dance or film. We also do not fund individual commissions.

Champion Creativity Grant

Deadline: July 1 annually

Maximum Award: $3,500

NAESP and Crayola annually award 20 schools with grants valued at $3,500 to implement arts programming.


Toshiba America Foundation


    • K-5 grade – 10/1 annually
    • 6-12 grade – 3/1, 5/1, 6/1, 9/1, 11/1, 12/1

Maximum Award:

    • K-5 grade – up to $1,000
    • 6-12 grade – up to $5,000 March, June, September, and December
    • 6-12 grade – over $5,000 May and November

Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) grants fund the projects ideas and materials teachers need to innovate in their math and science classrooms. TAF is interested in funding projects designed by teachers or small teams of teachers for use in their own schools.

National Education Association Student Achievement Grants

Deadline: February 1, June 1, October 15 annually

Maximum Award: $2,000 and $5,000

Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. We especially encourage education support professionals to apply. We’re currently giving preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects.

STEM Classroom Grants

Deadline: September 20, 2019

Maximum Award: $1,000

FirstEnergy encourages original, inventive and creative classroom projects and teacher professional development in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Educators who want to energize their STEM classrooms lessons are invited to apply for a FirstEnergy STEM Classroom Grant.

Out-of-School Time

McCarthy Dressman Education Foundation – Academic Enrichment Grants

Deadline: April 15 annually

Maximum Award: $30,000 over three years

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The Foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. The Academic Enrichment Grants provide funding for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households.

The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation

Deadline: February 1, July 1, October 1 annually

Maximum Award: Varies

Types of support considered include general operating, annual funds, and capital campaigns, as well as specific projects that fall within the Foundation’s guidelines. Consideration will be given to organizations in the Northeast Ohio area, with an emphasis on University Circle institutions.

Community Improvement

Neighborhood Connections

Deadline: First Friday in March, Second Friday in August annually

Maximum Award: $5,000

Neighborhood Connections offers small grants to groups of residents in Cleveland and East Cleveland to do projects that improve the quality of life in their communities.

Field Trips and Experiences

OAC Big Yellow School Bus Program

Deadline: Accepted year-round, must be submitted 8 weeks prior to travel

Maximum Award: $500

The Ohio Arts Council’s Big Yellow School Bus program supports transportation costs for educational field trips to art galleries, museums, festivals, and exhibitions, as well as music, dance, or theatre performances. Applicants are responsible for making all transportation and destination arrangements.

Target Field Trip Grants

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Maximum Award: $700

Some of the best learning opportunities happen outside the classroom. Target funds programs that allow students and teachers to learn in all kinds of settings through field trips that connect students’ classroom curricula to out-of-school experiences. Field trips must take place between January and the end of the school year (May or June) 2019.

Professional Development

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation Teacher Development Grant

Deadline: Application available from January 15-April 15 each year (or 350 submissions)

Maximum Award: $30,000 over 3 years

The Teacher Development Grants support small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as to share their results with other teachers. The Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.

National Education Association Learning and Leadership Grants

Deadline: February 1, June 1, and October 15 annually

Maximum Award: $2,000 or $5,000

Educators frequently need outside resources to engage in meaningful professional development due to limited district funding. Through our Learning & Leadership grants, we support the professional development of NEA members by providing grants to:

    • Individualsto participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research
    • Groupsto fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

We give preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence in their projects.


MyCom Partner Support Grant

Deadline: September 9, 2019 and November 18, 2019

Maximum Award: $1,000

The MyCom Partner Support Grant is an opportunity to provide funds for small projects to help advance the work of the MyCom Regional Workplan and engage youth and families. Applications may be submitted at any point. They will be reviewed 3 times a year. Proposals are to be submitted to

Edutopia Grants and Resources Grants for Teachers

Other funding Sources

Local Community Development Corporations, city council, private businesses, banks, law firms, fundraisers, and more!

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Contact Us

This resource is provided courtesy of Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) to aid educators in bringing resources to their students. Please contact us at 216.561.5005 x25 for help in pursuing grants to support CAL’s exceptional arts and arts integrated programming in your classroom(s).