Arts Education Funding

Learn about local funders for arts education and explore funding strategies for arts education in schools.

  • Elementary and Secondary Schools Education Relief (ESSER III)
  • Creative Sonoma Grants
  • Grant Makers in Education
  • Other Funding and Support

Funding Sources 

Create CA Legislative Agenda for Increased Funding for Arts Education 2022. 

Learn about the legislation that could support arts education through several pathways.

Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P)

Provides funding for afterschool and summer school enrichment programs for gradesTK-6. Learn more about this source of funding.

ESSER ( Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief)

Funding Can Be Used for Arts Education! 80% of ESSER III funds are flexible for most education uses. 

What must ESSER III funds be used for?

80% of ESSER III funds are flexible for most education uses. 


Creative Sonoma Grants


This Creative Sonoma grant program, made possible by funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, provides funding to Sonoma County Public School Districts to develop, enhance or implement their strategic arts plans. Districts my request up to $7,500. Learn more, register for June 12 or August 25 workshops, and apply HERE.

ARTS IMPACT GRANTS FOR ORGANIZATIONS | Opening Summer 2022 for 2023 Grants

Grant program for nonprofit arts and culturally specific organizations to support arts programs that have either county-wide, neighborhood, or youth impact. Learn more, register for workshops, and apply HERE


From Spring 2018 through December 2019, Creative Sonoma offered free teaching artist residencies to Sonoma County K-12 public schools in response to the October 2017 Wildfires. The residencies were based on best practices of trauma-informed arts instruction to build resilience and encourage empathy. To read more about the program, click HERE


Grant Makers in Education


Other Funding and Support


The Sonoma County Arts Education Alliance (AEA) provides consultations, as well as offers presentations to schools, school boards, parents, and community groups about options to support and sustain arts programming.

Title 1 Funding Strategies: Arts programs can help schools achieve the goals of Title I by facilitating student engagement and learning, strengthening parent involvement, and improving school climate and school wide behavior.  

Get involved with your Local Control Funding Formula.

  • Learn about sustainable funding options for arts in the schools through Local Control Funding Formula through this video resource list.

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