The goal of COCA’s Arts Education Grant is to remove financial barriers for arts educators to access resources and arts experiences for their students, materials and equipment for their classrooms, and arts specific professional development opportunities for their own continuing education.
This grant supports creative instructional approaches by funding arts related projects not supported by school budgets. This program is not intended to supplant other funding sources. Its purpose is to support arts teachers who have innovative ideas for enhancing their curriculum or allowing students access to supplemental learning experiences in and through the arts.
Are you a K-12 arts teacher from a public school or an accredited private school who:
• Teaches during the traditional school day?
• Focuses primarily on the instruction of dance, drama/theater, film/media arts, music, visual art?
• Is located within Tallahassee/Leon County?
• Is directly involved with the proposed project and agrees to act as the responsible party and primary contact person?
• Complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, including but not limited to those that bar discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, or disabilities?
Educators who teach primarily non-arts subject matter and/or those who teach outside of the Tallahassee/Leon County area, outside of the K-12 school day, including after-school programs held at schools are not eligible for this grant.
• All funded projects must be completed in accordance with COCA's Arts Education Grant guidelines and state laws, regulations and procedures.
• Grantees must display the COCA Art Education Grant Certificate in a prominent location in their classroom.
• Approved applications may require revisions to the project, its timeline, components and proposed expenditures. If significant revisions are required, COCA must be notified immediately as to the changes and reasoning behind the alterations.
• Grantees are expected to submit a report at the conclusion of the project to COCA. This report must include a financial overview, a description of the project, and how it benefited students and the teacher. Click here for the final report.
• Unused funds must be returned to COCA at the end of the year for which the grant was awarded.
• COCA, as the funding source, reserves the right to share all projects, concepts, artwork, photos, videos and other products of these grants with the media and individuals who desire to create similar projects in their own schools or communities.
A committee consisting of COCA volunteers knowledgeable in arts education reviews all grant applications. Neither the identity of the teacher nor the school will be revealed to the grant review panelists.
Applications will be judged on the following criteria:
PLEASE NOTE: There is no need to tie projects to non-arts subject areas. Grant application review panelists will not give any extra or special consideration for applications that do so.
A line-item budget must be included in the application. COCA’s volunteer grant panel may recommend funding at less than 100% of the proposed budget.
Allowable proposal-related items that funds may pay for include, but are not limited to:
We cannot pay for:
The online application will gather information about the applicant and the school. The applicant will be asked to describe the project by providing the following information:
We're here! If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact COCA’s Education Director, Amanda Karioth Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-224-2500.
This grant is made possible by the generosity of Dustin Daniels, Chief of Staff for Mayor Andrew Gillum. Daniels was selected as one of Tallahassee Magazine’s 2016 Top Singles. Each Top Singles participant raises money for their chosen charity and, through a series of social and fundraising events, Daniels raised $5,000 for COCA. These funds have allowed COCA to make the dream of an Arts Education Grant program, a reality!