Arts in Education Collaboration


Arts in Education Collaboration (AIEC) is a grant program that provides up to $6,000 to arts organizations, schools, school districts, nonprofits, and government agencies to build collaborations and community partnerships that strive to increase access to high-quality, sustained arts education for K-12 North Dakota students.

This includes collaborations between teachers or departments within a school, between multiple schools within a district, between multiple rural school districts, between a school and community arts resource (teaching artists or arts organizations) nonprofit, or for-profit organization. Projects may take place in-school (during regular school hours), after-school, during summer sessions, and during professional development in-services.

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Program Overview and Application Instructions, then call the program officer prior to beginning an application.

Application Deadline

  • Before 11:59 pm (CST) on Thursday, April 15, 2021

For Project Dates

  • July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Grant Award Range

  • $6,000 maximum request
  • A 1:1 match is required

For Questions or Assistance

Contact Program Officer Rebecca Engelman | | (701) 328-7593

Program Overview and Application Instructions

All applicants should read these documents thoroughly before beginning the application form.

Downloads Required for Application
Who Can Apply

A North Dakota school district, government agency, nonprofit organization, or fiscally sponsored group is eligible to apply and serve as the lead partner and/or fiscal agent for the grant.

Applicants must be one of the following:

  • Federally tax-exempt nonprofit arts organization
  • Federally tax-exempt non-arts nonprofit organization - Arts budgets must be isolated from the larger entity’s budget.
  • Public Entity such as a unit of state, local, or tribal government
  • Public and non-public schools
  • Fiscally sponsored groups with arts projects - A fiscally sponsored group must be comprised of at least three people, have an advisory committee of at least three people that is responsible for oversight of project and grant funds, and a fiscal sponsor. Fiscal sponsors must be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Applicants applying with a fiscal sponsor are required to provide a signed fiscal sponsorship agreement and the fiscal sponsor’s IRS recognition letter. For more information, visit

All Applicants Must:

  • Be physically located in North Dakota, Moorhead, MN, or East Grand Forks, MN;
  • Have majority of arts programming, services, or activities take place in North Dakota;
  • Primarily serve and engage North Dakota audiences and participants.
How to Apply

Application Method

Grant applications are submitted online through the NDCA online grant system.

To apply online, go to


The tutorials below guide new users through the online registration process and illustrates how to apply and use the system.

For Questions or Assistance

Contact Program Officer Rebecca Engelman | | (701) 328-7593

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