What We Do

ArtsEdConnect is a “marketplace” for Silicon Valley teachers to access local arts education opportunities. In partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, we award mini-grants to teachers who are “shopping” for creative opportunities for their students.

Who We Serve

We serve K-12 private and public school teachers and their students across Silicon Valley and the artists and organizations that we are “match making.”

Why It’s Important

Research concludes that engagement in arts and creativity sparks a passion for learning, fuels imagination, and builds relevant skills. ArtsEdConnect helps to increase access to arts education and funding for teachers and their students.

What’s Been Done
  • Secured Warmenhoven Family Foundation annual investment of $100,000 and County of Santa Clara’s annual investment of $50,000
  • Awarded nearly $800,000 in mini-grants to teachers since its inception
  • Provided arts education opportunities for about 4­­0,000 students
What’s Next
  • A new grant cycle will open Fall 2023:
    • Th​​e grant applications will be accepted Thursday, September 7 through Thursday, October 5
    • The ArtsEdConnect Grant Committee will review submitted applications and send out grant award emails by Monday, October 23
    • The grant funds will be disbursed between Wednesday, November 15 - Friday, December 15
    • Grants must be expended by April 30, 2024 with final reports due no later than May 31, 2024
ArtsEdConnect 2023-2024 Educator Grant Options:
  • Arts Experiences Grant – up to $2,500 per teacher
    Grant funds can be used for classroom workshops delivered by artists, residency with local artists, field trips, museum visits, attending live theater performances or other art experiences.
  • Arts Materials and Supplies Grant – up to $500 per teacher
    The grant can be used for art materials and supplies that will be used in interesting arts projects that teachers create for their students.
  • Arts Experiences & Materials Grant – up to $3,000 per teacher
    Funds can be used for a combination of art experiences and materials for a coherent project. There is a cap of $500 on materials and supplies. These should be procured in support of the art experience.
Application Information:
*You may only apply for one grant.
  • Only teachers in Santa Clara County public and charter ​schools are eligible to apply
    • Note: San José Unified teachers are not eligible for the grant this year
  • Applicants must have approval from their school principal to apply
  • Multiple teachers from one school may apply for their own grant
  • A single teacher may apply for a single grant in their classroom or a group of teachers from the same school may collaborate and apply for a joint grant
  • ​No applications for field trips or events outside of Santa Clara County will be accepted
  • Grant funds cannot be used for the purchase of computer hardware or software

For more information and to add your organization to the list of providers, please contact Tanuja Bahal at tanuja@svcreates.org