Americans for the Arts, in partnership with VANS Custom Culture, is now accepting grant applications for the 2019-2020 VANS Custom Culture Grant cycle
VANS Custom Culture Grants are available to public high schools (including charter schools) serving students in grades 9-12 or community based nonprofit organizations/governmental agencies serving as a fiscal agent for arts programming at a qualifying school. The grants are intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education, and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education. Ten (10) schools across the country will each receive a $2,000 grant to support their work in providing high-quality dance, media arts, music, theater, and/or visual arts instruction for students. More details on eligibility and evaluation criteria can be found in the full grant guidelines.
Applications open Wednesday, November 6, 2019, and close on Friday, December 6, 2019. A judging panel will convene in December to select the 10 grant recipients. Americans for the Arts will notify grant recipients in January 2020 and will disperse all grant funds by February 1, 2020. Funds must be used between February and May 2020. A final report on projects and activities funded by the Custom Culture Grants will be due to Americans for the Arts no later than July 15, 2020.