Grants for High School Performing Arts Teachers

Wolf Trap Grants Program for High School Performing Arts Teachers

Program Overview and Guidelines

CALLING ALL PERFORMING ARTS TEACHERS! Looking for support for your performing arts program or funding for a new initiative? Wolf Trap's Grants for High School Performing Arts Teachers will award $5,000 to six public high school teachers whose performing arts instruction leads to student performance in the following districts:

  • Washington, DC
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Prince George's County, MD
  • Arlington County, VA
  • Fairfax County, VA
  • Loudoun County, VA

All grant projects must take place during the 2018-2019 school year. Projects eligible for funding considerations are:

  • Artist Residencies – Wolf Trap will support residencies with professional performing artists to support and supplement classroom work leading to student performance. 

  • Commissions – Wolf Trap will support a teacher, student, or visiting guest artist in the creation of an original dance, music, or theatre piece for a specific group of students that would be performed by the students in concert. 

  • Master Classes – Wolf Trap will support a visiting guest artist to teach a series of master classes to students in conjunction with class study and student performance.

  • STEM – Wolf Trap will support collaborations that explore Science, Technology, Engineering or Math through an artistic discipline.

  • Technology in the Arts – Wolf Trap will support technological improvements that may allow for further educational opportunities in the arts and encourage technical and media applications in instruction leading to integration of technology in student performance.

  • Going Green – Wolf Trap celebrates the relationship between art and nature, using the arts to help protect the environment. Grantees are encouraged to consider “green” projects and to create a culture of environmental responsibility in their performing arts programs.

Teacher grantees and their schools will be responsible for the design and implementation of proposed projects, which includes the selection of participating performing artists and works. Wolf Trap is not able to secure artists and/or permissions.


Applicants must be a public high school teacher of music, dance or theater currently teaching in Washington, DC; Montgomery County or Prince George's County, Maryland; Loudoun County, Arlington County or Fairfax County, Virginia.

Applicants must submit a complete proposal online by August 1. The grant projects must take place during the 2018-2019 school year. The project should parallel Wolf Trap’s performance and technology priorities (listed above) and culminate with a student performance. The majority of the grant money must be used for student instruction and learning. With prior approval from Wolf Trap, minimal funds may be used to purchase equipment if it is a major component of the project.

Application Process

Click the “Apply Now” button below to apply online. You must complete the entire online application to be considered for a grant. Below is an overview of what is required in the application:

  • Contact Information*
  • Brief project description in paragraph form* (Word document
  • *Required


Each applicant will receive acknowledgement of application receipt immediately after submission.

Should you have any questions prior to submitting an application, please contact or 703.937.6304.

Key Dates

August 1 – Application deadline
August 2 – Review process begins
August 17 – Grant awardees notified

Review Process

A select panel consisting of county performing arts coordinators/supervisors, local performing artists, and former Wolf Trap Grants for High School Performing Arts Teachers grantees will review completed applicant proposals beginning August 2. Each application is reviewed and evaluated using a rubric that includes the following criteria:

  • Project Goals
  • Project Design
  • Immediate Impact
  • Sustainability

Selection Process

Grant awardees are selected by Wolf Trap Foundation in conjunction with the selected review panel and will receive notification via email by August 17. Applicants that are not selected will be notified soon after the final decisions are made.


Email or call 703.937.6304.