Arts in Schools (Black Belt School Systems)

The Alabama State Council on the Arts will offer a few competitive grants to Black Belt school systems to be used for arts education. There is no match requirement, but proposals that include a plan for leveraging funds to attain local support may receive priority.

What We Fund

Funding is available for artist residencies, performances, arts related field trips, professional development in arts curriculum, summer arts institutes for teachers, arts consultants, arts program planning, and consumable arts materials and supplies (limit $1,000 per school).

Please visit these links for artist rosters, a listing of Arts Organizations, and a description of our new Collaborating Artist Program: You may also wish to explore the opportunities provided by these statewide service organizations:

Who May Apply:

Arts in Schools funding is available to the following Black Belt school systems: Barbour County, Bullock County, Butler County, Choctaw County, Crenshaw County, Dallas County, Demopolis City, Greene County, Hale County, Linden City, Lowndes County, Macon County, Marengo County, Perry County, Pickens County, Selma City, Sumter County, Wilcox County. Applications must come from the Superintendent’s Office.

Criteria For Funding

Priority will be given to proposals that communicate activities of artistic excellence, address a specific need, provide opportunities for long-term impact, and build on previous funding from ASCA’s Arts in Schools program. Grantees from Arts in Schools that do not complete and submit a Final Report by August 1st are not eligible to apply for the next school year.

How To Apply

Use the Application Link below to download an application form. Include with your application a cover letter and/or support materials that provide a statement of need, evidence of planning for long term impact, and explanation of growth due to previous projects such as current planning for proposed activities, letters of commitment from partners, organizations and artists, and evidence of artistic excellence and educational benefits.

Please contact Diana Green, Arts in Education Program Manager, for help in planning or facilitating arts programming with meaningful impact. She may be reached at 334/242-4076 Ext. 241 or by email at