United Arts offers Arts and Culture Access funding for teachers to help provide these valuable programs that are so often on the chopping block. Public school teachers in Lake, Orange, Osceola, or Seminole County schools can apply directly through the process below.
Submit your booking request early – before the funded programs and trips run out! Here’s how:
1. Apply for Arts and Culture Access PROGRAM grants.*
Sponsored in part by the School Board of Orange County, Florida, Massey Services, Inc., and United Arts of Central Florida
Search the directory for a field trip or program you would like to bring to your school. Click “Book This Organization” to submit a REQUEST for booking, and the arts group will respond to let you know if Arts and Culture Access funding is still available. If you sign up too late and funding has run out, you can ask to get on the waiting list for next school year or purchase a program from your school’s budget.
Awards are disbursed in a lottery process Sept 5, and then monthly on the 15th of the month, until funds are depleted; a maximum of $500 can be awarded to any one school. Additional funds may become available in the spring semester. Events must be confirmed (with a set date/time) to be funded: by Dec. 1 for programs awarded in the fall, and by May 1 for programs awarded in the spring.
2. Orange County Public Schools only: Apply for Arts and Culture Access TRANSPORTATION grants.
After the date for the program is finalized, Orange County Public Schools teachers can also apply for a transportation grant through the fine arts department here: Transportation Grant Application
If you sign up too late and transportation funding has run out; consider finding funds in your school budget or charging the students a small amount for busing. The funds run out fast – typically Sept or Oct – get your requests in early!
Contact both the arts organization and the transportation department to finalize your trip plans.
4. Tell us what you think.
After the program is complete, you will receive an evaluation form. Please fill this out immediately so that the arts organization can get paid.
Arts and cultural organizations interested in becoming eligible for Arts and Culture Access Funding can learn more on the guidelines page.
* Funded programs must happen during the school day. No charter schools, private schools, or preK classes are eligible. Assemblies that serve preK must include other grades to be funded.