The Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County – Charlotte Arts – is Charlotte County's only "united arts" agency. Charlotte Arts celebrates and supports all artists – visual arts, performing arts, and humanities – as well as cultural organizations and businesses. We are pleased to offer grants in support of teachers within Charlotte County Public Schools who incorporate arts and humanities into their curriculum. Charlotte Arts has awarded a total of $135,195 in grants, providing arts and cultural programs to more than 43,600 students. In 2018-2019, $8,000 was awarded in support of 13 projects that involved 3,600 more students.
Up to $8,000 will be awarded for the 2019-2020 school year. It is anticipated that these funds will be awarded to applications received before Monday, Sept. 16. (See "Important Dates" below for more guidance.)
Eligibility and Process
- All Charlotte County Public School teachers are eligible to apply but each project must contain a meaningful and significant arts or humanities component.
- New and continuing projects or programs are eligible for funding. The application must include an explanation of how the funds will be used in support of a project or program. Do not simply request funds for supplies. The following will not be funded: food, rewards, professional development, and hardware and software unless the application clearly shows that students will be the primary beneficiaries.
- Individual teachers may apply for up to $400. If three or more teachers apply collaboratively, the team may request a total of up to $1,000. How the funds are to be split must be detailed in the application. Teachers may be from the same school or different schools to apply collaboratively.
- Teachers may only participate in one grant project per school year.
- The applications received will be judged with attention paid to how the project will impact the student learning experience, including how the methods, skills, integration, and assessment of the arts and humanities are included. Consideration will also be given to projects that have the potential for replication or sharing with other educators. Grants will be scored and ranked by community volunteers. If the total requested exceeds available funding, not all the requests will be filled.
- Applications may receive partial or full funding. Budgets should be clearly defined and scalable.
- Charlotte Arts will communicate by email to the lead teacher of each application. That person is responsible for providing information to others participating in the project.
- If the project isn't completed as approved or the final report is not received by Friday, May 15, the lead teacher's school will not be able to apply for funding for two years.
- Monday, September 16, 2019, by 8 a.m.: Applications are submitted by completing this form. We recommend reviewing this SurveyMonkey form, preparing your responses on your computer, then copying and pasting responses into the form. You may revise the SurveyMonkey form after saving it but only if the same device and browser are used to access the form. Your application saved by the deadline will be considered. Please proof your responses before the deadline, including the schools that are participating! A PDF of the application will be emailed to the lead teacher. To allow the ability to edit applications, only one request may be completed from a computer using the same browser. You must, however, hit "done" for the system to know to save your work.
- September 2019: Review Panel meets.
- Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 5:30 to 6 p.m.: Congratulation letters and checks will be given to the Lead Teacher during the School Board meeting.<