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President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities: National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

Deadline: February 8, 2017

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards initiative is a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Award showcases cultural excellence and enhances the availability of out-of-school arts and humanities programs to children and young people. It is the nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities. This award recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement.

The award is made to organizations and programs that meet the following requirements:

  • Operate as a program for children and youth outside of the school day. Preschool, after-school, weekend, and summer programs, however, may have a school-based component or use school space. Multi-site initiatives that meet the criteria also are eligible.
  • Use one or more disciplines of the arts or the humanities as the core content of its program(s).
  • Concentrate on children and youth who live in family and community circumstances that limit their opportunities, underserved children and youth are the primary participants in the program.
  • Involve children and youth as active participants in the arts or humanities experience.
  • Provide participants with ongoing, regularly scheduled sessions.
  • Integrate arts or humanities education programs with youth development goals (e.g., enhanced leadership skills, self-confidence, and peer relations).

Amount: Twelve organizations will receive a $10,000 grant and the opportunity to visit the White House and accept the award.

Eligibility: Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations, units of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes are able to apply. Organizations must have been operational since January 2013 for a minimum of five years, including 2017; “operational” refers to the operational years of the specific program(s), not the organization’s years of operation, when submitting an application for a program or programs within an organization. Organizations must be in good standing if a federal grant recipient.

Link: http://www.nahyp.org/about/

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