Schools can apply for up to four grants in three categories; up to two performance grants, one workshop/residency grant, and one writer residency grant.
Performance Grant: Schools may apply for up to 50% of the artist’s fee or $325 (whichever is less) for up to two performances by different artists. A performance educates and entertains through a presentation/demonstration format with audience participation. It fits into a 45–60 minute time frame.
Workshop/Residency Grant: Schools may apply for up to 50% of the artist’s fee or $400 (whichever is less) for one workshop or residency.
A workshop is defined as at least one instructional session that involves students in hands-on participatory work. A workshop may be done in conjunction with a performance, i.e. a “companion” workshop; it can also stand alone. It fits into a 45–60 minute time frame. Sites for workshops range from classrooms to media centers and may involve several classes at one time. Some artists offer workshops for educators, but these are not eligible for funding through this program.
A residency is defined as multiple sequential instructional sessions working with the same group of students each session. A residency does not need to be scheduled on consecutive school days, although any variation from that must be approved by United Arts. Students must be involved actively in hands-on participatory work, and the residency should culminate with a student product (i.e. anthology, artwork, dance, dramatization, etc.).
Writer Residency Grant : Schools may apply for up to 50% of the writer’s fee or $400 (whichever is less) for one writer residency.
A writer residency is defined as a minimum of five sequential instructional sessions working with the same group of students each session. A writer residency does not have to be scheduled on consecutive school days. Each session should last 45–60 minutes so that each participating student receives approximately five contact hours. Any variation on this scheduling format must be approved by United Arts.