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Artists in Schools & Communities Grant Program


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On February 16, 2016 the Montana Arts Council hosted a webinar for interested Artists in Schools and Communities grant applicants. View an archived recording of the webinar to get tips on preparing your FY17 AISC grant application. A PDF of the webinar presentation can also be downloaded.

MAC’s Artists in Schools and Communities Grant Cycle is now open for projects occurring between July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017.

The Montana Arts Council strives to provide access to quality arts learning to develop the creative potential of Montanans of all ages. Towards that end, the Artists in Schools and Communities program provides matching funds that support a wide range of arts learning experiences and artist residencies for participants of all ages with professional working artists, as well as other special projects that support arts learning in schools and community settings.


Who Can Apply

The Montana Arts Council awards grants to Montana organizations that are not-for-profit and exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(a), which include the 501(c)(3) designation of the Internal Revenue code, or are units of government, public education institutions, or local chapters of tax-exempt national organizations.

Grant awards up to $10,000 will be available in the following categories:

  1. Arts Learning Experiences

  2. Artist Residencies

  3. Special Projects

  4. Arts Learning Partners

  5. Arts Learning in Glassblowing

Please refer to the guidelines for descriptions and funding criteria for all five categories.

Click here to see a list of AISC grants funded in FY16.


Artists in Schools and Communities FY17 Deadlines

Grant requests $1500 and over: Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. for projects occurring between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

Grant requests from Arts Learning Partner organizations: Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. for projects occurring between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

Grant requests for MAC’s AISC Arts Learning through Glassblowing category: Letter of intent to apply will be due Monday, February 29, 2016. Grant request application for projects occurring between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 will be due Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Note that this is a one-time grant award with no guarantee of funding beyond FY17.

Grant requests under $1500: this deadline will be ongoing, and grant funding will be distributed until depleted. You must apply at least six weeks in advance of the start date of your project for requests under $1500. Pending availability of funding, grant requests under $1500 will be accepted beginning June 1, 2016 for projects occurring between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.


Click here to access the Artists in Schools and Communities FY17 Grant Guidelines.

Click here to start your FY17 grant application.

Questions about the AISC grant program?  Contact Emily Kohring, Director of Arts Education at 406-444-6522 or ekohring@mt.gov.

Search for a teaching artist using our Artists in Schools and Communities Registry.
Organizations applying for an AISC grant are not limited to the artists on the Artists in Schools and Communities Registry.


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