Teaching Artist Micro-Grants

In 2021 Bartol Foundation will make Teaching Artist Micro-Grant awards of $500 to help teaching artists complete community-based arts education projects that are underway and/or to support their own professional development during the Coronavirus pandemic and uprisings against systemic racism.

In the midst of COVID-19 we understand that teaching artists may require support as they pivot to present community programs virtually, with expenses that may include, for example, technical equipment or broadband access. Other teaching artists may use this time to strengthen their teaching artist practice, for example, by designing curriculum or building out their web presence.

You can see our past grantees here.

If you are working with community members, your project has to engage community members (of any age) as active, creative, artmaking participants (in any discipline), not just as an audience

If you are asking for support for your own professional development, you must demonstrate how this will position you to strengthen your teaching practice during and/or after the COVID-19 pandemic.

For 2021, we are waiving the requirement that teaching artists identify and confirm a community host site, although this will continue to be an optional part of the application.

The project, either in the community or for a teaching artists’ own teaching practice, must be urgent and timely. Funds must be expended by June 30, 2021.

Start with this video that summarizes the information below!

2021 Teaching Artist Micro-Grant Important Dates

  • Wednesday, January 20,2021: Application Opens
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 5 PM: Application Closes
  • Week of March 15, 2021: Grantees Notified
  • March 22, 2021: Acceptance of Grant Due
  • June 30, 2021: End of grant period

Note that the online application will close at exactly 5:00 pm even if you are in the middle of completing your application so don’t wait until the last minute! You can save a draft of your application and return to complete it. We suggest uploading your attachments first since that is the part that is most likely to cause delays in completing your application.

Information Session

There will be two information session where you can learn more about the application process. Register to join us on Wednesday, January 27th at noon  or Wednesday, February 3rd at 5:30 PM to meet with Beth Feldman Brandt, Executive Director of the Bartol Foundation. We will cover the same information at both sessions.

Check Your Eligibility

For You

  • I am the lead, initiator, or founder of this project.
  • I am 18+ years of age.
  • I am not a student taking more than 6 credit hours in the spring of 2020.
  • I have worked as a teaching artist for at least a year.
  • I have not received a Bartol Micro-Grant before.

For Your Project

  • My project will take place in the City of Philadelphia.
  • My project is already planned or underway.
  • I can use the funds by June 30, 2021.
  • If I am working with community members, my project has to engage community members (of any age) as active, creative, artmaking participants (in any discipline), not just as an audience
  • If I am asking for support for my own professional development, I must demonstrate how this will position me to strengthen my teaching practice during and/or after COVID-19 pandemic.
  • NOTE: If an organization you are working with was already awarded a Bartol grant in July 2020, you cannot also receive a teaching artist grant for the same Bartol-funded project.

How to Apply

The online application is now open here. You can begin to collect the information you will need to complete the application and watch the video below for tips on completing the online application.

  • A detailed description of your project.
  • A budget for your project showing how the $500 will be used.
  • Your bio including a description of your work as a teaching artist.
  • A work sample of your own creative work.
  • A work sample of your work with community members.
  • Optional: A brief letter of support from your community partner or host site that confirms their commitment to the project with the resources (e.g. space, staff, participants) they are providing. This can be a copy of an email.

Click here to view our FAQ page.