Instant Arts Classroom Funds

What are Instant Arts Classroom Funds?

These funds are granted to teachers to fund arts projects throughout the school year. Teachers can use funds to take their student on a field trip to a cultural event or museum, or bring a teaching artist into the classroom!

The arts are essential. They teach students innumerable lessons—practice makes perfect, small differences can have large effects, collaboration leads to creativity. The arts also teach children that there a several paths to take when approaching problems and that all problems can have more than one solution.

Research has also shown impressive benefits of arts education on entire school culture—especially student motivation, attitudes, and attendance. These programs are even shown to have positive effects on test scores in other areas, specifically math, science, and reading. Numerous reports discuss the ways that increased access and involvement in arts education encourage students to stay in school, succeed in school, succeed in work, and succeed in life.

Arts Quincy is committed to making the arts available to every student. For more information on our Instant Arts Classroom Funds, contact us at 217-222-3432 or

Thank you HOMEBANK for sponsoring Instant Arts Classroom Funds.

How To Apply

Instant Arts are funded in part by Arts Quincy's Individual & Business Members, Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund, Anonymous Friend of the Arts, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Tracy Family Foundation, Jim & Jil Tracy Fund, Stillwell Foundation, Quincy Service League, Optimist Club Of Quincy, Penny Power Adams Electric Cooperative and HOMEBANK. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 20, 2019.

Instant Arts Classroom Funds Guidelines

Teachers should remember the following guidelines when applying for Instant Arts Classroom Funds:

1. Teachers from any grade level, from any public or parochial school in Adams County are eligible to apply.

2. Requests will be accepted up to a maximum of $150 for one trip to a museum, cultural arts event, like a Muddy River Opera or Quincy Community Theatre production, or to host a teaching artist (visual arts, music, theatre, dance or humanities) in the classroom.

3. Teachers may apply for one grant per semester, Oct.-Dec. 2019 and Jan.-June 2020. If more than one application by a teacher is submitted, additional grants will be distributed based upon fund availability. Two requests per teacher maximum. Please indicate your first priority and second priority.

4. Up to 1/3 of funds requested can be used for either supplies or transportation.

5. Multiple teachers can coordinate to utilize funds for programs exceeding the individual maximum of $150. One teacher may apply on behalf of multiple classrooms as long as the individual request does not exceed the maximum of $150. This will count as one grant application for the organizing teacher only.

6. Teachers must have definite dates and program picked before applying for funds.

7. Applications must be submitted by September 20, 2019 via email to, hand delivered to the Arts Quincy offices at the Oakley-Lindsay Center or mailed to 300 Civic Center Plaza, Suite #244, Quincy, IL 62301.

8. Teachers will be notified via email as to the status of their grant application.

9. Funds will be sent to your school approximately one month prior to the arts event.

10. Please be thoughtful with your answer to the application question about why these funds are important for you and your students. This information is very crucial for Arts Quincy to use when securing future funds. Email photos or additional comments to *This question was previously on the evaluation form. Brief evaluations will be sent in an email after your event.

If you have questions regarding this program please contact us by e-mail at or by calling 217-222-3432.

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