Artists in schools program grants

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for professional artists to work and offer programs at individual and partnering schools. 

This fund is called the Artists in Schools program. 

The fund offers up to $7,000 for one or two schools and $10,000 for a group of schools.

This fund aims to strengthen relationships between artists, arts organisations, teachers and schools.

When you can apply

You can apply for this grant between 27 March and 28 April 2017.

Who can apply

Individual or groups of schools can apply for this grant. 

Funding conditions

To get this funding school communities must demonstrate a commitment to all of the following:

  • a creative environment that is supportive of the arts and the artist/s 
  • employing a professional artist to demonstrate the processes of producing their work
  • a well-planned, exciting arts project that fulfils the aims of artists in schools and is relevant to the individual school community
  • the school and its community members are involved in all phases of the project
  • learning for students and professional development of teachers in the arts.

Before you apply

Documents you will need

You must have all of the following documents before you apply:

  • Australian Business Number of the school
  • bank account details of the school
  • timeline of the project
  • artist's statement
  • artist's curriculum vitae
  • completed budget and calculations
  • insurance cover for all participants
  • project support signatures from all of the following:
    • principal
    • artist
    • chairperson of the school council
    • project coordinator.

How to apply

To apply for the Artists in Schools program grant you must follow these steps: 

Step 1. Fill in an artists in schools application form (52.2 kb).

Step 2. Attach documents.

Step 3. Contact the coordinator to submit your application:

Phone: (08) 8944 9256

Department of Education
GPO Box 4821
Darwin NT 0801

After you apply

What the school must do

If your application is successful you will get a grant acceptance letter in the mail.

You must sign the letter and the artist you are working with must fill in the artist's agreement - submit both to the coordinator listed above.

What the artist must do 

If your application is successful the artist must submit all of the following to the coordinator listed above:  

How to make your application successful

Successful funding applications should have all of the following:

  • an identified project coordinator for the school 
  • detailed planning at the time of application
  • a statement of funds required
  • consultation with the artist, the school and its community before, during and after the project
  • innovative and original projects that include one or more art forms 
  • inclusion of the artist in the life of the school during the project
  • a secure, dedicated work space
  • strategies that enable creative skills to be developed by participants throughout the project and beyond
  • professional learning for teachers built into the project.

Examples of successful projects

All of the following are examples of successful projects:

  • design a small project that focuses a specific class or group within the school - it does not have to involve the whole school
  • revive interest in and develop mastery in the arts in the community 
  • provide community role models for young potential artists that may include:
    • adding a piece of work to a sculpture garden at your school
    • creating a multimedia installation celebrating the local seasons based around the school’s activities
    • documentary film making with a professional filmmaker
    • creating and recording a song or script and presenting a dramatic work 
    • a community inspired festival and theatre production 
    • students to learn cultural dance and perform these for an audience.

Key roles

There are key roles the artist, school and program coordinator must follow during your project. 

Key roles for the artist

The artist enriches the arts experiences of the school community through interactions with themselves and their work. 

The artist must be recognised as a practicing professional with expertise and credibility in their art form.

They must also have good interpersonal, organisational, communication and facilitation skills.

The artist must relate well to students, staff and community members and be a role model, facilitator and resource.

They must contribute to the planning and evaluation of the project and demonstrate the creative processes of their own work.

When the project is completed the artist must provide a final report.

Before the artist starts

Before starting the project the artist must understand all of the following:

  • the conditions of the placement
  • what working in a school means
  • geographic isolation
  • transportation
  • accommodation
  • budget
  • timelines
  • materials.

Key roles for the school

The school must demonstrate a commitment to the arts through ongoing classroom, school programs and community activities. It must also promote the interest and involvement of the school community in aspects of the project.

The school must provide a supportive and inclusive environment for the artist and their project, understand and value the artist's skills and intentions, and encourage the artist's participation in the life of the school.

The artist should not be given routine classroom or school responsibilities and should get time to focus on their own body of work.

The school council must be responsible for establishing a contract between the artist and the council.

The school must appoint a project coordinator and involve the artist in the planning and evaluation of the project.

The school must pay the artist according to their skills and experience and arrange accommodation if needed.

Key roles for the project coordinator

The project coordinator links the artist, the curriculum, the project, and the school community.

The project coordinator coordinates the detailed planning for the project. They also prepare the application for funds in consultation with the artist and the school community.

The project coordinator ensures the project contract is established between the artist and the school council. They promote and support the project and act as the liaison between the artist, project participants and the school community.

They monitor the progress of the project, the setting for the artist, and achievement of project outcomes and attend to problems or variations.

At the completion of the project the coordinator prepares and submits an evaluation report and acquittal statement.

When your project ends

When the project is finished the school must give all of the following to the project coordinator:

  • an acquittal declaration
  • a project report
  • an artist evaluation report.

Last updated: 28 November 2017