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Americans for the Arts is pleased to again partner with VANS the Custom Culture Grant program. This program seeks to increase visibility for and resources available to arts educators and schools across the country, in order to sustain the arts as a vital part of education. The grant program is supported by funds from the sales of the winning shoe design in the Custom Culture Art Competition.

About the grant

VANS Custom Culture Grants are available to public high schools (including charter schools) serving students in grades 9-12. The grants are intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education, and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education. Ten (10) schools across the country will each receive a $2,000 grant to support their work in providing high-quality music and/or visual arts instruction for students.

What is the timeline?

Applications open Wednesday, October 14, 2015 and close on Friday, November 20, 2015. A judging panel will convene in mid-December to select the 10 grant recipients.  Americans for the Arts will notify grant recipients in early January and will disperse all grant funds by January 31, 2016. Funds must be used between January and June 2016. A blog reporting on projects and activities funded by the VANS Custom Culture Grants will be due to Americans for the Arts no later than May 15, 2016. Selected grantees will have their grant report posted on ARTSblog.

To learn more, please download the full guidelines (PDF).

Contact Information

For more information regarding the VANS Custom Culture Grant program, or for clarification about the criteria or the application process, please contact Kristen Engebretsen, Arts Education Program Manager at Americans for the Arts:  or 202-371-2830.