ASC School Funding Opportunities

ASC School Funding Opportunities ensure that Culture For All reaches PreK-12 students across the region. Through these opportunities, public and independent schools can access professional artists, scientists, historians and other cultural providers for education-specific programming. This programming may involve on-site cultural experiences or visits to local cultural organizations. It could even include professional development for teaching staff.


ASC School Funding Opportunities are meant to support the placement of professional artists, scientists, historians, and other cultural providers in Grades PreK-12 (public and independent schools) for curriculum-based residencies, workshops, day trips, assemblies/performances, out of school experiences and/or professional development for teachers. Programs may either use Cultural Educators working on-site in the school setting and/or day trips to cultural institutions for performances or exhibitions. Programs may occur during the regular school day or after school.


Public, charter, private, parochial, and independent schools in Mecklenburg County.

All accredited schools in Mecklenburg County are eligible to request a set amount of funding, on a first-come, first-served basis. Funding will be awarded to schools who meet the requirements and submit paperwork by the deadlines. In the event that additional funding becomes available, additional support will be offered to schools in need on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to Participate

Each school must designate one “Arts & Science Cultural Arts Representative” (ASCAR) to be the liaison between ASC and the Providers your school hires. The ASCAR or another representative from your school must attend a School Funding Opportunities training session AND the Expo in order utilize the ASC funding.


2021-22 School Year Update

ASC will not know if funding will be available until the end of September 2021.  Thank you for your patience.

2020-21 School Year Update

Due to budget constraints and ongoing uncertainty about school operations in FY21 due to COVID-19, ASC is not planning to make School Funding investments for the 2020-21 school year at this time. The Education Provider Directory – a listing of preapproved arts, science and history education programs that adhere to the Common Core State Standards and NC Essential Standards – will remain available as a resource for providers and schools. To access the Education Provider Directory, click here.

We value the expertise and dedication of teaching artists and cultural education providers on behalf of students and teachers in our community and look forward to sharing updates about future education investments as the COVID/funding situation evolves in the months ahead.