About the Program

The Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education Grant connects artists and arts organizations with elementary, middle and high school students, by funding programs designed to awaken their intellectual and creative curiosity.  Some funding is available for artists to conduct programs in private and charter schools.  Additional support is provided by Flow Automotive Companies, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Arts Council is the largest funder of arts education in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System.


Application Deadline: Monday, September 19, 2022 by 5:00 pm

Review of Application: September/October 2022

Award Notification: By Monday, October 17, 2022

Project Period: October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023


Final Report: On or before September 30, 2023


Questions: Contact Shannon Stokes, Director of Artist and Partner Services, sstokes@intothearts.org, (336) 747-1416


Eligibility Criteria

  • Individual artists and arts & cultural organizations with an EIN (Employer Identification Number).  If an organization does not have an EIN they must secure an Arts Council Member Organization to serve as their fiscal agent.

  • Applicants may apply for one (1) Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education Grant per fiscal year.

  • Applicants should demonstrate an ability to successfully communicate in a school environment with children.

  • Artists/presenters working in a classroom setting should not only demonstrate strong artistic accomplishments but should be trained and/or experienced presenters/educators.

  • Schools are not eligible to apply.


Eligible Expenses

  • Administrative expenses, such as organizational and support staff, overhead costs, etc.

  • Outside professional services both programmatic and artistic, such as teaching artists, program consultants, etc.

  • Other program expenses, such as materials, supplies, student transportation, etc.

  • The panel may restrict funding for specific elements of the proposed project.

  • Projects that take place outside of the school are permitted provided the standard course of study requirement is met, and participating students are of elementary, middle, or high school age.

  • Funds may be spent only on those activities specified in the grant application or approved in a project or budget revision.  Applicants must submit a written request to the Director of Artist and Partner Services at Arts Council prior to implementing any project or budget revisions.

  • Some funding is available for artists to conduct programs in private and charter schools.

  • Arts-In-Education grants may not be used for scholarships.


Evaluation Criteria

  • Applicant’s ability to clearly state the relationship between the proposed project’s artistic objectives and the students’ curriculum as defined in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/ 

  • The proposed project’s artistic and programmatic merit. 

  • Applicant’s ability to successfully complete a project of quality.

  • Applicant’s ability to communicate successfully within an educational environment.

  • Applicant’s ability to create concise, program-specific preparation and follow-up materials for teachers to use with students. Materials must address the goals and objectives of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.


This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.