Arts Education Innovation Grants

NOTE:  Along with the Summer Arts Youth Program Grants, this program has been merged into the new Arts Impact Grants, the application for which will be available in mid-fall 2021 (April 1, 2022-April 30, 2023 funding period). 



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.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to learn about the projects of current and past grantees.



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.



This grant program is no longer active and has been archived. 



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



  2019 AEIG Grantees
  2018 AEIG Grantees
  2017 AEIG Grantees