Grants and Opportunities

Advancement Grant - Deadline May 3, 2017

Advancement Grant Program

The Advancement Grant Program offers financial support to Los Angeles County school districts aiming to provide quality arts education for public school students. Grant funds assist school districts in achieving key action items in their district arts plans, and cultivating skills and practices that can be sustained beyond the term of the grant. Districts may apply for matching funds of up to $25,000.

Los Angeles County school districts that are a part of the Arts for All network that will be implementing board approved strategic plans for arts education in 2017-18 are eligible to apply. Check our list of eligible districts to see if your district qualifies and read the Grant Announcement for a list of previously funded work.

Application and Guidelines

Review the Guidelines before beginning preparing your application. The Guidelines offer detailed instructions for how to prepare a strong Funding Request.

We strongly encourage school districts to start the process early and to discuss request proposals with Arts for All district liaisons before submitting.

Submissions but be received in full by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Learn More
School districts interested in applying are encouraged to attend one of our informational workshops. Learn about updates to the 2017-18 application, hear tips for submitting a strong request and have your questions answered by Arts for All staff. RSVP below.

Contact your Arts for All district liaison or email

Strategic Planning Coach - Deadline passed

Arts for All offers coaching support for school districts interested in creating and updating strategic plans for increasing the quantity, quality and equity of arts instruction in their schools.

Since Arts for All was established in 2002, Arts for All coaches have provided customized coaching services to 62 school districts and three charter school networks to develop and update policies and strategic plans that support the ongoing implementation of arts education.

Based on the needs of your district, Arts for All offers two kinds of coaching support.

Create a Plan
A coach guides a district arts committee through the full strategic planning process to create a new plan that builds upon existing programs and reflects the current landscape.

Update a Plan
A coach guides a district arts committee through reviewing the existing plan and identifying strategies to continue to advance arts education implementation.  

Strategic Planning Process
The planning process begins with participation in the Arts Ed Profile, a research project designed to identify the quality, quantity and equity of arts education in LA County. The survey will be open to superintendents and principals from March 1 - April 28. Following data collection, the planning process runs from fall through spring and will lay out strategic directions for a five-year period. Supported by a coach, your planning committee will:

    • Explore excellence in arts education
    • Analyze school and district data to identify strengths and gaps in current instruction
    • Articulate your vision
    • Determine strategic directions to achieve your vision
    • Develop a budgeted and calendared implementation plan
School District Commitment

    • Appoint co-chairs to spearhead the arts committee and attend a two-day training in the fall.
    • Facilitate all school sites’ participation in the data collection process.
    • Coordinate location, hospitality and attendance for planning meetings.
    • Present a policy and budgeted plan to the school board for adoption.
    • Guide the funding and implementation of the plan.
How to Participate
Coaching services are offered to school districts at NO COST, but space is limited. The deadline for this opportunity has passed. If your district is interested in receiving this service during the 2018-19 school year, please contact

Discuss with your colleagues
If you'd like to discuss strategic planning with your colleagues, bring this printable flier to your next meeting.