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.


How do 5×5 and TAG work?  

Teachers and school administrators apply through the Fund for the Arts online grant portal. Applications should be submitted by your school’s 5×5/TAG liaison. If you do not know who your school’s liaison is, or a new liaison is needed, please check with your principal or contact grants@fundforthearts.org. All applications must have principal approval before they are submitted. While a school is awarded the program grant, Fund for the Arts pays arts program providers directly for awarded programs and pays schools directly for awarded field trip bus funds. 


Who is eligible to apply? 

K-12 school teachers and administrators in Bullitt, Jefferson, Oldham, and Shelby counties in Kentucky; and Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties in Indiana may apply for 2023-2024 5×5/TAG. 


How do I/we apply? 

  1. Review the 2023-2024 School Year 5×5 and TAG Program Brochure byclicking here. 
  2. Attend the Applicant Information Session and/or Virtual Office Hours (see timeline below for more information). 
  3. Submit one application for each program your school is requesting. Schools may apply for more than one program. If your school is applying for more than one program, we recommend no more than six program applications per school. 
  4. When your application is complete, make sure you click submit! If you do not receive confirmation from mail@grantapplication.com following submission, check your spam or junk folder before contacting grants@fundforthearts.orgto confirm receipt. 


Things to Note:

  1. Pages two and three of the brochure contain important navigational and other information for using the brochure and completing your application. 
  2. Contact arts program providers directly with any questions you have about arts programs. Some arts providers require you to contact prior to application for mileage confirmation or other details. Arts program provider contact information is available beginning on page four of the brochure. 


What is the deadline to apply? 

All applications must be submitted by 11:59pm EST, Monday, September 11, 2023. 



Italicized rows are specific to arts program providers. All times listed are EST.  

Tuesday, August 1   Teacher & Administrator Application Opens in the FFTA Online Grant Portal  
Friday, August 18
Teacher & Administrator Applicant Virtual Information Session  

Recording of information session is below!

Tuesdays August 22, 29
4:00pm-5:00pm Wednesdays August 23, 30, September 6 11:30am-1:30pm  
Teacher & Administrator Applicant Virtual Office Hours with FFTA Staff 


Virtual Office Hours are available for anyone planning to apply for 5×5/TAG, 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. Availability is first-come, first-served. 

Monday, September 11, 11:59pm   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* 


*Pending School District Approvals 

By Friday, June 15, 2024   5×5 and TAG Invoices must be submitted via email to FFTA  



Click here to access the 2023-2024 5×5 and TAG Program Brochure 

Click here to start a new application 

Click here to log in to your online grant account and access a saved application 


Information Session




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

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