Apply for an NAEF Grant

The next grant program deadline is October 1, 2018 (for Project Year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020)


NAEF helps provide professional development for art educators, classroom supplies for innovative projects, curriculum development for art classrooms, and ground-breaking research in visual arts education.

NAEF As an independent, philanthropic organization, National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) assists with efforts to represent the teachers of art in America, improve the conditions of teaching art; promote the teaching of art; encourage research and experimentation in art education; sponsor institutes, conferences, and programs on art education; and publish articles, reports, and surveys about art.

The Foundation has supported 286 projects since its inception in 1985. NAEF funding supports a wide variety of professional activities, including research in art education, scholarships for professional development, promotion of art education as an integral part of the curriculum; establishment and/or improvement of art instruction in public and private K-16 schools; promotion of the teaching of art through activities related to the instructional process, curriculum, student learning, student assessment, classroom behavior, management, or discipline; and purchase of art equipment and/or instructional resources.

The National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) annually invites applications for the Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants, Mary McMullan Grants, NAEF Research Grants, SHIP Grants, and Teacher Incentive Grants. Grants range from $500 to $10,000 depending on the grant category. View descriptions of the grants in the 2016 NAEF Grant Guidelines download below.

The Foundation was established as an independent, sister organization to the National Art Education Association (NAEA) to provide support for a variety of art education programs. Foundation grants are made only to NAEA members, including student and retired members, state/province associations, and recognized affiliates.

Download the 2017 grant guidelines booklet below. The grant program deadline is October 1, 2016 (for Project Year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018).

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