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Champion Creatively Alive Children Grant Program

Grants to USA and Canada PreK-8 Schools for
Art-Infused Professional Development Initiatives

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Crayola and National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

Deadline Date:

06/22/18 12:00 Midnight ET


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Grants of $2,500 and art supplies valued at $1,000 to USA and Canada PreK-8 schools whose principal is a funding source member for art-infused professional development programs that utilize creative capacity-building. Funding is intended to create a school-wide commitment to art-infused education for the long-term and to help elementary-level students develop 21st-century skills in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.

Examples of Creative Leadership capacity building include the following:

- Providing a series of workshops delivered by teacher leaders, for teacher colleagues. For inspiration those teacher-leaders might attend a creativity leadership conference with the plan of delivering similar training to teachers, school-wide. Those teacher leaders might use the Champion Creatively Alive Children workshop and video series, available for free on that features the stories of prior year grant winners and showcases their promising practices.

If using those resources, the proposal should explain what innovative ways these are being utilized—go beyond basics to have your grant proposal stand out.

- Partnering with an arts organization or a university or museum that has expertise in art integration. Jointly building the advocacy case for the capabilities to implement art integration could include co-teaching and coaching sessions so the teaching strategy gets embedded into classroom teachers' practices.

- Organizing grade level and vertical professional learning teams who meet monthly to share art-infused lesson ideas and provide feedback to each other helps to implement art integrated cross-curricular lessons.

- Engaging parents in the Creative Leadership planning process and providing creativity theme books for faculty and parents to read and discuss in book club sessions. These conversations could be enriched by guest speakers/community members who specialize in the value of arts integration to increase student achievement.

- Using grant funds for substitutes so art teachers and classroom teachers have more collaboration and co-teaching time

- Helping teachers integrate hands-on visual art with ed tech apps, robotics, and other academic disciplines. A robust and innovative approach to interdisciplinary design thinking pedagogy can be the basis of staff workshops.

There is no one best way to do this. It needs to build your school's creative capacity and identify a group of teacher leaders who will champion this effort within your school. The focus of Creative Leadership capacity building is to provide significant, sustainable professional development, not just a one-time speaker or a solo trip to a conference (if insights are not shared school-wide.) These are just examples. The funds could be used for other innovative ideas that foster art-based interdisciplinary learning.

Grant recipients agree to share outcomes and inspire other schools to implement innovative practices via NAESP and Crayola venues. Teachers and administrators may work together to develop innovative ideas that will strengthen and spread educator’s creative capacity and the increase of art-infused education school-wide.

Preference will be given to applications that emphasize:
- Innovation—generate new ideas that build colleagues’ creative capabilities and confidence. Try something that isn’t currently common practice. Be original! This is not about painting a mural, planting a garden, or buying new tablets or 3D printers. It is about creative leadership, professional development, coaching colleagues and building their creative capacity and confidence.
- Collaboration—school-wide, with parents, and involving community partners. Build a creative, collaborative culture!
- Sustainability—ability to embed art-infused education in the school's future plans, beyond grant funding period. Long-term embedment is preferred over a single event such as an “art night”.
- Leadership—focus on articulating a shared vision, coaching colleagues, collaborating to increase creative experiences, and using authentic assessment that values children’s creative expression and original thought.
- Art-infused education—the program, objectives, and budget should have particular emphasis on integrating visual arts into professional development, enabling teachers to use art across the curriculum. Other art forms may also be integrated, but grant proposals without infusion of visual art are less likely to be funded.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171168

Number of Grants:

Up to 20 grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each grant-winning school receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Principals are required to implement the proposed project during the 2018–2019 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals must be submitted by principals who are currently members of NAESP and intend on renewing membership for the 2018–2019 school year.

The schools must be located in either United States or Canada.

More information regarding NAESP membership may be found here:

Middle schools, early childhood programs, and private schools are eligible to apply as long as the principal is a member of NAESP.

Schools that received this grant in 2017 will not be eligible to apply for a 2018–2019 grant. 2017 winners may apply again in 2019.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted until 12:00 Midnight ET Friday, June 22, 2018.

The grant funds will be distributed by end of October 2018. Finalists are contacted by late September 2018 and if they submit the required W9 form and signed photo permission forms for all students and faculty by October 5, 2018, they will be grant winners. Winners will be announced by October 16, 2018.

Early Bird Bonus: Every application received by 12:00 midnight ET on June 4, 2018 will win a Crayola product gift pack.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications should be sent to or faxed to 610-515-8781, Attn: Heather Loney

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon