By Kathy Chouteau
The West Contra Costa Public Education Fund (the Ed Fund) is poised to open the application period on Sept. 1 for its Bradley Arts Mini-Grants that bolster classrooms and schools throughout the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD).
Bradley Arts Mini-Grants will be available for WCCUSD classrooms and schools in a variety of amounts, including: Classroom grants in the amount of $500; school-wide grants for $1,000; and community event grants for $1,500. The application deadline is Sept. 29.
The arts mini-grants funding can be applied toward art supplies, visiting artists, scripts, materials, instruments, costumes/props, and other related expenses, per the Ed Fund on Instagram. While the organization strives to positively impact all students via these grants, it said it has a “special emphasis on projects that cater to the specific needs of African American/Black students or integrate the works of African American/Black artists.”
The arts mini-grants give the local school community the chance to empower and support students with their social, emotional and academic needs, in addition to project-based learning, skill development and enriching experiences, according to the organization on its website.
During the 2022-2023 academic year, the Ed Fund awarded approximately $29,000 in Bradley Arts Mini-Grants to 40 projects district wide, it stated.