Washington State Arts Commission
Application deadline: 3/17/2020

First Step grants support new and growing partnerships between schools, arts organizations, and community partners. Partners work together to identify and support the “first steps” in attaining high-quality arts learning programs. These programs work toward long-term, participatory, meaningful arts learning experiences for all students. First Step programs must reach K-12 students as part of the regular school day.

First Step grants can support:

  • Arts instruction for K-12 students as part of the regular school day.
  • Program development, such as a needs-assessment or curriculum development.
  • Professional development for arts educators.

This grant does not support extra-curricular arts education. It does not support programs that only provide one-time exposure to an arts event.

Grant amounts range from $1000 – $5000 – and matching funds from the applicant are required. For guidelines and online application system, click here. If you still have questions, please contact Tamar Krames, Program Manager, at tamar.krames@arts.wa.gov or 360-586-2418