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Partners in Arts Education Application Guidelines and Forms

2013-2014 Academic Year Guidelines

Download application guidelines (PDF)  (Word)

Eligibility Requirements

Application Forms

Cover Form (Word)

Student Demographics Chart (Word)

Program Budget Form (Word)

Organizational Finances Chart (Word)

Application Deadline

Complete, hard-copy application packages must be received in the National Guild office by 5:00 PM EDT, Thursday, May 16, 2013.

Online Orientation for Prospective Applicants

 Scroll to the bottom of this page for a recording of our Online Orientation for prospective applicants.

 Eligibility Requirements

  • Only organizations that are Full Members in good standing of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and are 501(c)3 nonprofits may apply. Non-member organizations should submit a membership application and first-year dues payments at least one week prior to submitting an application. Visit for membership information.
  • Partnerships must serve K-12 public school students in one or more of the following cities (unless otherwise indicated, programs must serve students within city limits):
    Allentown, PA
    Atlanta, GA
    Baltimore, MD
    Boston, MA
    Chicago, IL
    Cleveland, OH
    Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
    Dayton, OH
    Denver, CO
    Des Moines, IA
    Detroit/Southfield, MI
    Hartford, CT
    Hillsborough & Pinellas Counties, FL
    Houston, TX
    Jersey City, NJ
    Los Angeles County, CA
    Miami, FL
    Milwaukee, WI
    Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
    New Orleans, LA
    New York City, NY
    Oakland, CA
    Philadelphia, PA
    Phoenix, AZ Metro Area
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Portland, OR
    Providence/Warwick, RI
    San Francisco, CA
    Seattle/Bellevue, WA
    St. Louis, MO
    Tulsa, OK
    Washington, DC Metro Area
  • Each student must receive at least 20 sessions of sequential arts instruction, with a minimum of at least 10 sessions per semester. Preference is given to programs that provide instruction at least once per week for a minimum of 10 weeks each semester.
  • All sessions must be led by professional teaching artists.
  • The number of students served must be 100 or more (the average number of students served by grantees during the 2012-2013 school year was 840, with a low of 166 and a high of 2,170).
  • Grant funds must be matched at least 1-to-1 with funding from other sources.
  • After-school or extended-day programs must be demonstrably tied to in-school learning and curricula.

This program does not fund:

  • Partnerships with private or charter schools;
  • Programs that require students to audition, or “pull-out” programs in which only certain students within a class are selected to participate;
  • Organizations that have received three years of consecutive funding in 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013 through this program, or
  • Programs in which students receive instruction during only one semester.


Please direct questions to:
James Horton, Program Director
National Guild for Community Arts Education
(212) 268-3337 ext. 12


MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program: Online Orientation for Prospective Applicants

 The MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program online orientation for prospective applicants took place Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

This resource brought to you by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.