Fund for the Arts is excited to partner with Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to offer educational arts integration during the 2021-2022 school year through the Middle School Success (MSS) Program.

The 2-week MSS programs align with content standards; address issues of racial inequities and social-emotional needs; expand upon the Backpack of Success Skills; and provide students with opportunities that will lead to the development of one or several Backpack of Success artifacts.

Who is eligible to apply for MSS?

Middle schools in Jefferson County Public Schools are eligible for MSS grants.

How to Submit an Application

Step 1: Review the 2021-2022 School Year MSS Offerings Brochure by Clicking Here.

  • COVID-19: Fund for the Arts continues to monitor COVID-19 protocols and work with JCPS to determine whether or not programming can be offered in person. The listings provided by our arts providers in the brochure include a variety of options that are virtual and/or in-person. We will work with you and the arts providers throughout the school year to transition the program to virtual or in-person as needed.

Step 2: Submit one application per school.

  • Applications should be submitted by one teacher who will act as the Primary Contact/liaison between the school and the Fund for the Arts.
  • On your application, you will have the opportunity to select up to three residencies and rank them by preference. We will do our best to accommodate your first preference, but it is not guaranteed due to arts provider availability.
  • All applications must have principal approval before they are submitted.


Wednesday, January 5 Teacher Application Opens in Grant Portal
Friday, January 7 at 3:00pm Virtual Office Hours 1
Wednesday, January 12 at 3:00pm Virtual Office Hours 2
Tuesday, January 18 at 3:00pm Virtual Office Hours 3
Tuesday, January 25 at 3:00pm Virtual Office Hours 4
By 5:00pm ET Friday, January 28 Applications Due in Grant System
By 5:00pm ET Monday, February 14 Awards Announced
By 5:00pm ET Monday, February 28 Program Schedules and Budgets Due in Grant Portal
By 5:00pm Thursday, June 30, 2022 Final Impact Report Due in Grant Portal

All applications must be submitted by 5:00pm ET Friday, January 28, 2022.

NEW! - Virtual Office Hours

Fund for the Arts’ staff will hold four 1-hour virtual sessions to answer questions, walk through the application, and assist you in applying for MSS! There is no set agenda, a representative will stay on the call from 3:00pm-4:00pm January 7, 12, 18, and 25. You may come and go as you please, you do not need to stay on the call for the full hour unless you would like.

To join:

Meeting ID: 847 2220 8288
Passcode: 795828
One tap mobile: +1 312 626 6799 US

What Do I Do If My Application is Approved?

If your application is approved, the Fund for the Arts will directly connect you with your awarded arts provider to collaborate on and complete the following requirements:

  • Program Schedule: Let us know when the experience will take place.
  • Program Budget: Each awarded residency has a program budget of $9,000, compensated by Fund for the Arts to arts providers directly. Before programming can begin, a Program Budget including how the $9,000 will be spent during the 2-week residency must be completed and approved. Budgets should include arts provider teaching fees, mileage, materials, and other residency-related expenses.
  • Final Report: Complete a survey (including photos if possible) as soon as the experience is complete.


Contact the Fund for the Arts Community Impact team at

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