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United Arts Council

School Project Grants

United Arts will award $5,000 to schools with innovative and creative ideas to enhance and strengthen arts education for pre-K through 12th grade students in Wake County. Each arts-focused project must take place during the school year with the majority of the activities occurring in the school environment during the school day.

Competitive projects will include most of the following goals:

  • Include professional teaching artists
  • Center around a unifying theme
  • Emphasize arts integration
  • Integrate students’ diverse cultures
  • Occur over an extended period of time
  • Support collaboration among teachers
  • Focus on process, not product
  • Encourage community connections
  • Incorporate the entire school community

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants in the School Project category must be an accredited PreK-12 public, private, or charter school located in Wake County or a PTA that supports one of these schools and be in Good Standing as defined n General Grant Policies (previous recipients only). Projects must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Grant Award

Five schools each will receive $5,000 to support their School Projects.

There is no matching requirement. School Projects may not be supported by other United Arts grants, including Artists in Schools grants. School Project grants are not intended to substitute for a school's arts education program. Funds cannot be used for permanent personnel positions.

Information Sessions

Optional information sessions to learn more about the new guidelines will be held at the United Arts Council offices on:

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019, 10:00 am

Please register in advance for information sessions to [email protected].

How to Apply

To apply for a School Project Grant for the 2019-20 school year, submit a letter of intent that includes:

  • A one-page description of the project printed on school’s letterhead
  • Signatures of school principal and primary contact
  • How the project would benefit your students
  • How you would use the $5,000

The Letter of intent must be received by March 7, 2019. Please submit letter of intent by email to [email protected] or by mail addressed to United Arts Council, Attn: Ragen Carlile, 410 Glenwood Ave Suite 170, Raleigh NC 27603.

A panel comprised of United Arts staff and education professionals will invite five schools move forward in the application process.  A full application from each of these schools will be due May 1, 2019.

Evaluation Criteria

Projects will be evaluated on several criteria, including:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Overall educational experience
  • Level of student involvement
  • Realistic objectives


  • January 2019: Information sessions
  • March 7, 2019: Letter of Intent due
  • March 2019: Notifications will be sent late March; five schools will be selected to move forward and submit a full application
  • April 2019: One-on-one application meetings with United Arts staff for each selected school
  • May 1, 2019: Full application due
  • June 2019: Award notifications sent
  • July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020: Awarded projects take place


PO Box 26388
Raleigh, NC 27611

Phone: (919) 839-1498
[email protected]