By Kathy Chouteau
The application period is open for the West Contra Costa’s Public Education Fund’s (the Ed Fund) Bradley Arts Mini-Grants. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 30, for grants ranging from $500 for West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) individual classrooms and $1,000 for school-wide projects encompassing three-plus classrooms that have the principal’s approval.
The overriding aim of the 2021 arts mini-grants is to “empower and support students, especially African American/Black students, with their social, emotional and academic needs as they return to the classroom,” per the Ed Fund.
Teachers, students, community-based organizations and others associated with the West Contra Costa community are welcome to apply for an art mini-grant supporting a classroom or school project within the WCCUSD.
According to the Ed Fund, it will be rewarding grants that support all students but will be “providing impact points for projects that have an explicit focus on the needs of African American/Black students or that incorporate art of African American/Black artists.”