Grant and Funding Opportunities

There are many funding opportunities available to help support arts and arts integrated programming in your school and your or community. You can learn more about some of these opportunities by using the following resources:

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

Grants are awarded 10 times per year for up to $3,000 each. Schools can only submit one proposal per period, but schools can submit for all 10 periods per year.

Community Foundation Lorain County

Two deadlines per year, February 1 and July 1. The Board is very concerned about accountability and sustainability of programs. Organizations should have a diversified funding base. The Board is also interested in innovative programs that are responsive to community needs, partnerships, and collaborative efforts. Lower priority is given to capital and equipment requests, services required by state law, and duplication of existing services.


The Cleveland Foundation

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. Grants range from $500 to $5,000.

Grants are intended to spur small, grassroots community projects. Grants may be used for a wide variety of activities and projects, and groups are encouraged to think in new ways about what will work in their communities and with whom they might partner.

Proposals are accepted twice each year on the second Friday in February and August. Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on those days.

The George Gund Foundation

Proposals are considered three times a year by the Foundation’s Trustees. Deadlines for submitting proposals for consideration at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Trustees are March 15 (for summer meeting), July 15 (for fall meeting) and November 15 (for winter-spring meeting).  Proposals are due the next business day if a deadline falls on a weekend.

The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation

The Board of Trustees meets 2 times a year to consider applications and award grants. In order to allow ample time for the Trustees to review each request thoroughly, the following schedule has been adopted:

Fall, 2016 Grant Cycle

August 15 LOI due

September 16 Notification of LOI acceptance / grant application invitation

October 20 Application due

December 1 Notification of Awards

Spring 2017 Grant Cycle

February 13 LOI due

March 14 Notification of LOI acceptance / grant application invitation

April 18 Application due

By May 31 Notification of awards​

The Stocker Foundation

All organizations seeking funding must first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). LOIs for summer 2017 or school year 2017-2018 will be accepted through July 1st, 2016.


The NEA Foundation

The grant amounts available are $2,000 and $5,000. Deadlines for applications are due February 1, June 1, and October 15.

Since it requires some evidence of academic achievement, residency-based arts-integrated projects would probably fit best.

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

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 McCarthey Dressman Education 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.

Applications accepted January 15 – April 15

OAC Big Yellow School Bus Program

GRANT AWARDS: Applicants may request up to $500. No match is required. ELIGIBILITY: Eligible organizations include—but are not limited to—public, private, charter, or parochial schools (pre-kindergarten through secondary) and associations of home-schooled students. Multiple applications from a single school district are permissible within a single fiscal year. When funds are limited, priority will be given to new applicants. Priority status is also given to rural and urban students from underserved areas of Ohio. All applicants must possess nonprofit status or nonprofit intent.

Other Resources

Edutopia’s Big List of Educational Grants and Resources (

Fund for Teachers Comprehensive Listing of Grants, Professional Development, and Award Opportunities (

Find Funding Fast for K-12 Schools (

Fundraising and Grants HG for America’s Teachers (

Foundation Center

Please contact us at info@arts-inspiredlearning for help in pursuing grants to support CAL’s exceptional arts and arts integrated programming in your classroom(s).