Support for substantive school/community partnerships that strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration in Arizona Title I schools.

Between 2014 and 2017, the Arizona Commission on the Arts developed and piloted the Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships program in Arizona “D” and “F” label schools. Findings from the first two years of funded partnerships confirmed that across school type, grade level and arts discipline, arts programs connected to a school’s school improvement plan or capacity building efforts had a significant impact on academic achievement, student engagement, and student self-efficacy.

The current Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships grant program builds on these findings by expanding eligibility to all Arizona Title I schools.

Applications may focus on any number of effective models, but must utilize the proposed arts education and/or arts integration programming to address desired goals and outcomes aligned with at least one of the six principles in the school’s Comprehensive Needs Assessment, as developed by the Arizona Department of Education:

  • Effective Leadership
  • Effective Teachers and Instruction
  • Effective Organization of Time
  • Effective Curriculum
  • Conditions, Climate, and Culture
  • Family and Community Engagement

As such, outcomes could be related to several efforts, including student learning, teacher professional development, classroom instruction, parent engagement, student support strategies, and more.

Further information about the Comprehensive Needs Assessment and the six principles can be found online at

Partnerships must include at least one school and one nonprofit arts organization or governmental entity; eligible schools must be an Arizona Title I school (both Schoolwide and Targeted Assistance programs are eligible). The school partner must serve as the primary applicant. Proposed programming must take place in Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).

Deadline: 11:59 pm Friday, June 1, 2018
For the funding period of July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.

Elisa Radcliffe
Arts Learning Manager
(602) 771-6528
[email protected]

To help potential applicants prepare successful applications, we are presenting an online information session. This session will walk potential applicants through the grant application guidelines, including eligibility requirements, funding restrictions, and application process.

The application period is now closed.

The application deadline was 11:59 pm Friday, June 1, 2018.

 Grant guidelines below are provided only for reference.

  • Grant Guidelines: FY19 Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnerships Grant
  • Program Evaluation Highlights: First Cohort, 2014 & 2015
  • Program Evaluation Highlights: Second Cohort, 2016 & 2017