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The Critical Importance of Arts and Culture to the Educational Process: Grants that significantly enrich the arts and cultural experiences of preK-12 students of public and private schools within the cities of Roanoke and Salem and the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke.

Grant funding specifically limited to making possible:

  • “artist-in-residence” or master classes conducted by a notable artist;

  • the purchase and use of innovative technology or nontraditional equipment that provides cutting edge classroom arts experience and/or exposes students to new cultural experiences; or

  • performances and programs built around a specific educational topic and conducted by (or in conjunction with) local arts and cultural nonprofits and held either in-school or at a nonprofit that serves local schoolchildren.

Please note: If a nonprofit applicant is partnering with one or more schools, the applicant must provide a letter(signed by the principal on school letterhead) from each respective school indicating the school’s readiness and full commitment to the proposed project and outlining anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner.

Applications accepted: March 2, 2015 through April 10, 2015

Grant size: It is anticipated that $60,000 annually will be available for this portion of the initiative. It is anticipated that multiple grants of varying amounts will be awarded each year.


2014 Grant Recipients

Organization Grant Purpose Amount Awarded
Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia To support the continuation of its ImageMakers program. $10,000.00
Jefferson Center Foundation To support its interactive Song Project $15,000.00
Roanoke Children's Theatre To support the Kaleidoscope camp which will allow RCT to partner with local school resource/special education teachers to conduct theatre arts education programming with and for developmentally disabled K-12 students. $5,000.00
Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors, Inc. To support a free four-week summer day camp and after school programs at Burnt Chimney Elementary School and Sontag Elementary School in partnership with Roanoke Children's Theatre. $5,000.00
VH1 Save the Music Foundation To restore an instrumental music education program in one Roanoke City Elementary School and assist with the purchase of new instruments. $25,000.00


2013 Grant Recipients

Organization Grant Purpose Amount Awarded
Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia To purchase photography and video recording equipment as part of its ImageMakers program. $9,075.00
Craig County High School To purchase new technology including Macintosh computers, Adobe Photoshop, and a laser printer for its art department. $9,425.00
Jefferson Center Foundation To implement an interactive song project with area schools that would allow participants to compose their own music and produce CDs. $30,000.00
Roanoke Children's Theatre To provide a 90-minute interactive residency called Making History: Jamestown! Live! for all 4th graders in Roanoke City and Roanoke County Public Schools. $11,500.00

Applications must be submitted online NO LATER than 4:00 p.m. on April 10, 2015.  Please allow sufficient time to complete and submit your application prior to this deadline.  NO PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED, AND NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE GRANTED!

Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be a qualified charitable organization in the cities of Roanoke or Salem or the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin or Roanoke. Please note that the Foundation does not fund direct grants to individuals.

An organization may submit ONE request per fiscal year.

The following will not be funded:

  • Requests for “ordinary and usual” school art supplies or art staffing that are a school system’s responsibility.

  • Programs designed to simply supplant current in-school arts instruction.

  • Awards directly to individual elementary or secondary schools. Schools may participate as partners in projects for which another eligible organization applies. Local school districts ARE eligible to apply.

  • Research on the impact of the arts on the cognitive and social development of children and youth.

  • Projects with the primary focus of evaluation, documentation, and dissemination of promising or proven arts learning programs and practices.

Proposed Timeline

March 2, 2015
Online application made available to local non-profits
April 10, 2015
May, 2015
Applications to be reviewed
June, 2015
Agencies are notified
July, 2015
Grant checks are mailed

How to Apply?

Foundation for Roanoke Valley uses an ONLINE grant application process.  No paper applications will be accepted.



If you have questions about the online grant application please refer to the APPLICANT TUTORIAL before contacting Foundation staff. For all other questions please contact Carly Oliver at 540.985.0204

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