Application and Requirements

To be eligible for an Artists in Schools grant, schools must:

  • operate as a public, charter, or nonprofit private school located in Wake County
  • appoint a Cultural Arts Representative
  • participate in mandatory training and Artists in Schools Expo (formerly known as the Booking Fair)
  • choose a program from the Artists in Schools Directory
  • schedule programs that take place at the school during the school day
  • pay the portion of the artist fee that our funds can not cover

Eligible schools may apply for grant funding to support a maximum of four programs during the school year, including:  a maximum of two grants to support performances by different artists, one grant to support a workshop/residency, and one grant to support a writer residency.  Year-round schools that received a Summer Grant may apply only for the three grants for which they did not receive summer grant funding. 

The grant application and a non-refundable fee must be received by the published deadline (via mail or hand delivery). This is not a postmark deadline.

When completing the grant application, consult the Artists in Schools Directory and communicate with the artist/booking agent.  The application requires that you know:

  • program type/format (indicated in the directory)
  • date(s) the artist will implement the program
  • total artist fee and the amount of funding requested to support the program

A non-refundable $100 fee is due with the submission of the grant application. This fee does not affect the amount of grant funding received or the payment due to artists. Schools in their first year of operation and Wake County Public School System alternative schools are exempt from this fee. Year-round schools who pay this fee with a summer grant do not need to pay it a second time during the regular grant application process.

Instructions for completing an application are provided during each of the training sessions and an application tutorial video is also available as a step by step guide.