Grants to Advance Community School/Public School Partnerships

Posted by on March 25, 2005

[posted from RFP Bulletin]

National Guild and MetLife Foundation Announce New Initiative to Advance Community School/Public School Partnerships
Deadline: April 22, 2005

The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts (<a href=""></a>) and the Metlife Foundation have announced the launch of the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Project, a major national initiative to improve teaching and learning in the arts by advancing sustainable partnerships between community schools of the arts (CSAs) and public schools.

Through the project, the Guild will publish and distribute the Partners in Excellence Handbook, a guide to best practices in CSA-public school partnerships; present two partnership training institutes; and award grants of up to $15,000 to support exemplary CSA-public school partnerships during the 2005-06 school year.

The goal of the program is to support exemplary CSA/K-12 public school partnerships that address a recognized need; prioritize student learning and achievement; provide pedagogically sound arts education experiences; and address national, state, or local arts education standards.

Nonprofit community schools of the arts that are members in good standing of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and are located in one of the following cities/metropolitan areas are eligible to apply: Allentown, PA; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Dayton, OH; Denver, CO; Detroit/Southfield, MI; Hartford, CT; Houston, TX; Jersey City, NJ; Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis/ St. Paul, MN; New York City, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Providence/Warwick, RI; San Antonio, TX; San Francisco/Bay Area, CA; Scranton, PA; St. Louis, MO; Tampa, FL; Tulsa, OK; and Washington, D.C. A community school that is not a member of the National Guild should return a completed membership application form and the first-year’s dues with its grant application.

At a minimum, partnership programs must provide sequential arts instruction weekly for twenty-four weeks during the 2005-06 school year. Instruction may be offered during the school day, out-of-school time, or both.

Complete program information and grant application guidelines are available at the National Guild Web site.

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