Funding Ideas for Educators » Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

Funding Ideas for Educators

Want to put on a Young Audiences program at your school, but aren’t sure how to fund it? We want to help! Here are some ideas.

Title Funds

With the adoption of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015, federal education law’s focus on “core academic subjects” was broadened to encompass all the aspects of a “well-rounded education”—including, by definition, the arts. This gives schools and districts more flexibility to use Title I, II, and IV funds to support arts programming for their students. Ask your principal about using Title funds for the arts at your school.

Run for the Arts

A presence in Portland-area schools since 1977, Run for the Arts is YA’s beloved fundraising service. The program provides schools with a proven, easy-to-implement jog-a-thon model for raising their own, dedicated arts funds. Last school year alone, Run for the Arts helped nearly 22,000 students at 49 schools raise over $582,000 to bring the arts into their classrooms. Interested in joining them? Visit our Run for the Arts webpage or contact Community Engagement Manager Koko Olszweski.

Parent-Teacher Organizations

One common source of funding for YA programs is parent-teacher organizations (PTOs). Reach out to yours to see whether they have funds available for the arts.

YA can also help your PTO solicit local businesses for arts funding. For more information, contact Development Director Catherine Hayes.

Far West Recycling Arts Grants

Thanks to the generosity of Far West Recycling, YA is able to offer a limited number of grants of up to $3,000 for YA programs at elementary and middle schools in Beaverton. The application period for Far West Recycling Arts Grants typically opens each year in the fall. To learn more, visit the grant program’s webpage or contact Program Operations Manager Josephine Kuever.

Special YA Funding Opportunities

YA is occasionally able to provide low- or no-cost programs to schools through grants or other special funding our organization has received. Currently, we have funds available for:

  • YA iPad-based residencies at Washington County elementary and middle schools where at least 50% of students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals (thanks to First Tech Federal Credit Union)
  • YA digital-photography residencies (thanks to Jones Soda)

If your school meets the criteria for any of these opportunities, contact Programs Director Kristi Riedel.

Schools Foundations

Almost every district’s schools foundation awards grants to supplement district funds—including, in many cases, grants for arts programs. Find your schools foundation below and check whether the YA program you want to put on is eligible. YA may be able to provide limited grant-writing support; inquire with Grants Manager Jonathan Frochtzwajg.

Government Agencies

Many public entities award grants for arts and other community projects. Some of these grant programs require schools to partner with a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization (which YA is). For program-specific details, follow the links below. Need help? Email Grants Manager Jonathan Frochtzwajg.

Private Foundations & Corporations

Finally, a number of foundations and businesses fund arts education. Feel free to reach out to Grants Manager Jonathan Frochtzwajg for assistance.