GRANTS FOR ARTS PROJECTS: Arts Education Collective Impact Grants

The following information relates to the Grants for Arts Projects: Arts Education Collective Impact project type. Click here to read the full Arts Education guidelines.

Projects increase student access to arts education through collective, systemic approaches. Projects should aim to ensure that all students across entire neighborhoods, schools, school districts, and/or states – in communities of all sizes – participate in the arts over time. We anticipate making a limited number of grants at higher award levels for longer-term, large-scale projects that use a collective, systemic approach to provide arts education to students. Projects should have significant potential to be shared and customized in communities across the country.

These projects should embrace the following principles, which may be ongoing and occur at any point during the project:

Round graphic containing five interconnected circles: Planning, Shared Measurement, Partnership, Data, Programming

  • Partnership: Cross-sector partners work to determine a common vision, define goals, develop strategies, and identify measurable objectives for arts education. Priority will be given to projects that include a managing partner or group of partners that acts as the coordinating entity, and involve at least three cross-sector organizations, one of which is an arts/cultural organization. Partners may include arts councils, units of state or local government, school systems, funders, businesses, community service organizations, economic development organizations, trade associations, parent/student networks, social service organizations, or institutions of higher education.
  • Data: Data informs decision making. This may include asset mapping of community resources, collection and evaluation of student data, or creating new data collection tools.
  • Planning: A plan outlines system-wide arts education implementation. This should include a description of each partner's role in achieving the common vision, as well as plans for communication among the partners and sustainability.
  • Programming: Activities support the plan. Programming may include services to students, professional development, curriculum design, or convening stakeholders.
  • Shared Measurement: A shared measurement system is an evaluation system that assesses the progress of each project partner's work towards common outcomes—increasing student participation in arts education and, as appropriate, societal well-being for students.

Collective Impact projects are multi-year, ongoing, systemic initiatives. Specify in the application which phase(s) of the project are included in the request for National Endowment for the Arts funding. All phases of a project -- building partnerships, data collection, planning, programming, and shared measurement -- are eligible for support.
If the collective impact project is part of a larger, ongoing, system-wide effort to benefit students and communities, indicate that in your application.

All project costs for the project phase included in the Project Budget must be incurred within the period of performance.

Identify the project as either Emerging or Sustaining.

Emerging projects are in the initial phase of work to establish an arts education plan. Projects may include cultivation of partners, convenings, collection of data, or creation of an arts education plan.

Sustaining projects have an arts education plan in place. These projects may continue work from the emerging phase, be in the programming and evaluation stage, or scaling up proven efforts to increase arts education access. These projects must demonstrate how they are disseminating project information to the fields of arts education, public education, and beyond.

Collective Impact Resources:

See a list of National Endowment for the Arts Arts Education Collective Impact grants:

National Endowment for the Arts webinars about Collective Impact: