Arts Education Innovation Grants


In partnership with Community Foundation Sonoma County, the Arts Education Innovation Grants Program supports new and innovative ideas that engage underserved Sonoma County students, ages 2-18, through providing access to high-quality arts education.



Ideas for projects could include but are not limited to:

  • Developing unique partnerships that increase access to arts education to new participants.
  • Piloting untested, innovative arts education programs that extend opportunities to underserved participants.
  • Arts education programs that are culturally relevant to students and build on established community connections.



March 1, 2019  Online application opens 12am

March 14, 2019  Information Session 4:30-5:30pm (RSVP)*

March 28, 2019  Application Workshop 5:30-7pm (Register)*

April 12, 2019  Deadline to apply 11:59pm PT

*To attend the Information Session or the Application Workshop via conference call, dial 707.565.8996 (no code necessary)



Up to $7,500, for projects occurring June 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020



Applicants can include a diverse range of organizations from small, grassroots groups to well-established arts education organizations. Those who have a creative, innovative, equitable approach to expanding access to arts education are encouraged to apply. Projects can occur in or out of school settings. Applicants must demonstrate 501(c)(3) status or apply with a fiscal sponsor. Grantees of this program may not apply for funding from the Summer Arts Youth Program Grants for the same or similar project. Please contact Creative Sonoma if applicants are uncertain about eligibility. 

In the application, applicants must demonstrate:

  • How students participate in the creation of visual, performing, literary or media arts.
  • How the program or project increases students’ knowledge of a particular art form.
  • How the program or project increases students’ knowledge in other related areas, i.e., cross-discipline learning about arts and healing, arts and the environment, etc.
  • How the program or project reaches a student demographic that typically does not have access to arts education.
  • For programs or projects that will develop unique partnerships, evidence that all entities engaging in the partnership are fully committed to success.



  • Creativity and innovation of the project
  • Impact on participants
  • Capacity to administer and implement the project
  • Targeted audience development
  • Completeness and clarity of application



Read the Guidelines thoroughly, and then utilize the Application Help Tool which contains all of the application questions and instructions. No handwritten or paper-based applications will be accepted. Applicants will need to have or create an account in Submittable, our online application portal. The Arts Education Innovation Grants online application will appear in the list of open Creative Sonoma grants at 12:00am on March 1, 2019. Click on the black Submittable button to get started.

2019 Arts Education Innovation Grant GUIDELINES

2019 Arts Education Innovation Grant APPLICATION HELP TOOL 

2019 Fiscal Sponsor Form 




Art Escape: Teen Art Lounge is a welcoming, nurturing program where local teens come on Fridays from 7-10pm to make art at no cost.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County: Ballet Folklorico will work with club members to teach traditional dance, group performance, and its history. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley: The Art of Filmmaking is middle-school workshop series that includes a partnership with the Sonoma International Film Festival.

Child Parent Institute: “Explore and Express” provides Phoenix High School students opportunities to explore their world and express themselves through the creative arts.

California Poets in the Schools: This project brings six Teaching Artists into seven underserved schools throughout Sonoma County to deliver poetry-writing residencies to a largely bilingual, bicultural population.

Cazadero Performing Arts Camp: The camp will offer a three-day sleep-away music camp retreat for students from Sonoma County schools. 

Chop’s Teen Club: The Side by Side Summer Artist Series features a different artistic medium every week for five weeks, allowing local teens to learn from professional artists.

Felta Education Foundation: The Studio Program brings a year-long series of high quality, dynamic art projects to all students at West Side School. 

Healdsburg Jazz Festival: The Student Jazz Combo Competition provides education and encouragement for student musicians through the collaborative art of the jazz ensemble.

Imagine Bus Project: Provide programs at Los Guilicos Juvenile Hall to inspire behavioral change in incarcerated youth through exploration of visual arts and creativity.

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts: Music Matters will provide students at Bellevue Elementary in-depth and extended arts-integrated instruction using the ukulele.

Sonoma County Dancers United: Coordinate and implement Dancers Unite!, an Artists in the Schools residency for dance education to grades TK-5 in partnership with Windsor High School.

Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation:  Through YES-Coast, underserved Sonoma County youth learn the art of photography and exhibit photographs they create using PhotoVoice.

Sonoma Valley Education Foundation: Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra provides students with the opportunity to participate in an El Sistema based youth-development orchestral music program.

Walking Elephant Theatre Company: Students create and perform an original, word-for-word documentary theatre piece about an agreed upon theme or topic. 



California Parent Institute: help Phoenix High School’s students explore their world and express themselves through the performing arts

California Poets in the School: deliver high quality poetry writing workshops at underserved schools throughout Sonoma County

Chops Teen Club: support Chop’s summer arts program and to increase youth access to quality art education

Imagine Bus Project: inspire behavioral change in incarcerated youth through visual arts and creativity

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts: partner with Lincoln Elementary School District to create an in-depth and extended arts integrated residency

Sonoma Valley Education Foundation: support the youth-development Valley Vibes Orchestra program for socio-economically disadvantaged students

Transcendence Theater Company: provide at-risk, low-income youth access to professionally taught performing arts workshops and performances