5x5 and Teacher Arts Grants (TAG)

What are the 5×5 and Teacher Arts Grants?

5×5 and TAG support K-12 teachers and administrators in enhancing classroom instruction throughout the Fund for the Arts service area. The Fund for the Arts service area generally includes Bullitt, Jefferson, Oldham, and Shelby counties in Kentucky; and Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties in Indiana. Both 5×5 and TAG programs are directly connected to core learning outcomes and complement what students are learning in the classroom.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply as a 5×5/TAG arts program provider, applicants must meet all of the following criteria: 

  • Recognized as a 501(c)(3) for at least the last three consecutive years. 
  • Has a primary place of business in Greater Louisville. 
  • Employs at least one full-time equivalent (FTE) staff or contract person to ensure consistent delivery of programs. 
  • Maintains liability coverage of no less than $1,000,000. 
  • Has skilled, trained teaching artists with classroom and teaching experience in the applicant’s artistic area of expertise. 
  • Completes annual background checks on all teaching artists who interact with students. 2022-2023 guidance from JCPS is available for your reference here. Arts program providers will be updated when the new guidance for 2023-2024 is available. 
  • Be in good standing with current and/or previous Fund for the Arts grant requirements and reporting. 

Mission and Programs: 

  • Has at least three years of experience providing arts education programming in schools and/or out-of-school-time locations. 
  • Provides arts education programming at least nine months of the year and that aligns with at least one of the following artistic areas: Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Arts, Theater, Visual Arts. 
  • Has arts education programs that are directly connected to core content standards, and can provide evidence of the connection. 

How do I/we apply? 

  • Please submit one form for each program your organization would like to offer through 5×5 and TAG. 
  • You are welcome to copy and paste into fields, but please avoid bullet points and extra formatting. 
  • If you are a returning organization (an organization who provided programming in 2022-2023) who would like to submit a 2022-2023 program with some, or no, changes for 2023-2024 consideration, please complete the abbreviated application here. 
  • Prior to submitting an abbreviated application, please review your organization’s descriptions as presented in the online 2022-2023 School Year 5×5 and TAG Program Brochure by clicking here 
  • You may include up to 10 programs for resubmission per abbreviated application. If you would like to submit more than 10 programs for resubmission, you will need to submit multiple abbreviated applications. 
  • Arts program providers should not exceed 15 total proposed programs (new and/or old) for 2023-2024. 

What is the deadline to apply?

All Program Proposals are due in the Online Grant Portal by 11:59pm, EST Friday, June 30. 

Preliminary Timeline 

Italicized rows are specific to teachers and administrators, but have been included for arts program provider reference. All times listed are EST. 

Week of May 8  5×5 and TAG Program Application Opens in the Fund for the Arts (FFTA) Online Grant Portal 
Wednesday, May 24 12:30pm-1:30pm  Arts Program Provider Applicant Virtual Information Session 


This session is for anyone planning to submit 5×5/TAG program proposals. If you are not able to attend the session, it will be recorded and posted on the 5×5 and TAG page on the Fund for the Arts website. 


Please RSVP at grants@fundforthearts.org to receive the Information Session Zoom link. 

Wednesdays May 24 4:00pm-5:00pm; May 31 and June 7 11:00am-1:00pm and 4:00pm-5:00pm by appointment  Arts Program Provider Applicant Virtual Office Hours with FFTA Staff 


Virtual Office Hours are available for anyone planning to submit 5×5/TAG program proposals, to provide time for questions with FFTA staff. Additional resources include the recorded Information Session. Please email grants@fundforthearts.org to sign up for a 30-minute timeslot. 

Friday, June 9  Deadline to receive staff feedback/assistance on application in advance of application deadline 
By Friday, June 30  5×5 and TAG Program Applications Due in the FFTA Online Grant Portal 
By Friday, July 21  Applicants Notified of Program Approval Status with Draft Brochure Included for Review 
By Wednesday, July 26  Final Brochure Edits Due to FFTA 
Tuesday, August 1  Teacher & Administrator Application Opens in the FFTA Online Grant Portal 
Friday, August 18 @12:00pm  Teacher & Administrator Applicant Virtual Information Session 
Wednesdays August 23, 30, September 6 11:30am-1:30pm  Teacher & Administrator Applicant Virtual Office Hours 
Monday, September 11  Teacher & Administrator Applications Due in the FFTA Online Grant Portal 
Tuesday, September 12-Friday, September 22  5×5 and TAG Teacher & Administrator Application Review Period 
By Friday, September 29  Award Announcements emailed to school liaisons and principals + Arts Program Providers 
October 2-May 31  Programs may begin after scheduling with arts program providers; All Teaching Artists must have required background checks complete prior to starting their program(s). 
Friday, November 17  Program Schedules Due in the Fund for the Arts online grant portal 
Fridays in November and December  Arts Program Provider Listening Sessions 
January 2024  Arts Program Provider Group Feedback Session for FY25 
By Friday, May 31  Final Impact Surveys due in the FFTA online Grant Portal 
By Friday, June 30  5×5 and TAG Invoices must be submitted via email to FFTA 





Contact the Fund for the Arts Community Investment & Support Team at grants@fundforthearts.org  

Information Session

Check back here after May 24 for the recorded information session. Seeing this before May 24? Join us Wednesday, May 24 at 12:30 for the Virtual Information Session! Please see timeline above for information to join.

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