Application deadline: 3/20/2018

The Washington State Arts Commission’s First Step grants support arts organizations, schools, nonprofits, and government agencies committed to building community partnerships that improve the quality and quantity of arts education for K-12 students in public schools in Washington State. Grants may support curriculum development, long-term residencies led by teaching artists, professional development for classroom teachers or teaching artists, or other strategies that improve teaching and learning in the arts for all students. Grantees must align their programs with state standards in the arts, and develop authentic approaches for assessing student learning in the arts. ArtsWA funding will support in-school arts education; extra-curricular arts education programs are not eligible.

The First Step grant supports programs with a smaller scope or a newer partnership, and may include foundation-building strategies as well as offering programs in schools. Grant funding ranges from $1,000-$5,000.

A long-term goal of the Arts in Education grants is to develop sustainable and systemic support for arts education in all districts. New for Fiscal Year 2018: expectations for applicants related to equity, access, inclusion and social justice. Please read the complete Application Guidelines and Review Criteria documents, available on the First Step and Community Consortium pages, for all of the information.

If you have any questions about Arts in Education programs, please contact Lisa Jaret, Program Manager:, 360-586-2418