Mary Lou Anderson Arts Grant Enhance PTA Arts Projects in Your School Community
OVERVIEW: The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections® Arts Enhancement Grant bolsters National PTA’s long-standing commitment to quality arts education by providing matching funds to local PTAs to establish or enhance arts projects in the literary, visual and performing arts.
AWARDS: Matching grants of up to $1,000 are awarded each year to local PTAs to enhance arts education projects. Eligible applicants must be a PTA in good standing, as determined by the State PTA. The matching funds may come from your PTA budget, members of the community, etc.
What will National PTA fund? The National PTA is placing a priority on funding projects that represent research-based best practices in arts education. Specifically, National PTA will fund arts projects that: reach large numbers of at-risk students. At-risk encompasses a wide range of factors that may make it more difficult for a student or segment of the student population to succeed in learning. Some factors that make students at-risk are financial, familial, health, behavioral, social and environmental or other community conditions.
Please Note: Extensive research indicates that students receive the greatest benefit from projects that include sustained involvement in the arts. Therefore, National PTA is not funding proposals for projects that highlight performances, arts fairs, assemblies and field trips, and other initiatives geared toward funds for a single event. Ideally, the activities will take place throughout the school year and will foster family and community engagement.
PROJECT TIMELINE. Proposed program activities may begin on or after September 1, 2015 and may end on or before May 15, 2016. Grant reports are due 30 days after the end of the grant project or by June 15, 2015, whichever comes first. Grantees announced in June 2015 at the National PTA Convention.
SELECTION CRITERIA. Applications must be complete and submitted on time. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applications will be scored out of 100 points based on the following: • Need & At-risk Factors (20pts) Beyond the demographics already provided, describe your school community and its needs. Be sure to include information about at-risk students (e.g., academic, social and emotional factors, English language learners, refugees, impoverished students, etc.) (200 word limit) • Goals & Outcomes (20pts) Describe the objectives and desired results for this project, specifically how the project will increase family and community engagement. Provide an estimated number of children that will be served by the project. How will you measure progress toward desired results? (300 word limit) • Project Description (35pts) Provide a summary of your project including specific arts education activities. What other organizations (i.e., school district, businesses, nonprofits, government agencies) will you engage as partners? How will they support your efforts? (500 word limit) • Timeline (15pts) Provide an estimated timeline for implementation of the proposed project, listing the activity, person(s) responsible and estimated date of implementation. (100 word limit) • Project Budget & Budget Narrative (10pts) Provide a list of existing and potential income sources to achieve this $1,000 match (e.g., PTA unit funds, arts organizations, community organizations, businesses). Provide a list of project expenses funded by this grant and the match. Include in-kind contributions that have a monetary value (e.g., printing, refreshments, art supplies, professionals’ times, etc.). Describe these expenses and indicate which expenses would be paid from grant funds, matching funds, and/or in-kind contributions).
It is recommended that you review the questions provided above before you proceed with the application and formulate your responses in a Word document that can be cut and pasted into the application. Once the online application has been started there is no way to save it online. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Check the National PTA website each year in January to start the application process and learn the current year's deadline, which is usually in March.