The Austin Creative Classroom Fund was founded by an $1 million donation to be utilized over a four-year period. 2016 marks the end of this commitment, and as we complete this final year of the original grant period, we would like to thank the anonymous donor and the ACCF Board for four great years of work in our schools and the arts.
We are currently investigating opportunities for restructuring the Fund in order to continue providing grants to AISD education providers in the future, and hope to begin funding again in 2017. Please stay tuned for more information over the following months.
The Austin Creative Classroom Fund (ACCF) exists to encourage the development of arts-rich schools in the Austin Independent School District and to support student achievement through creative learning.
While all AISD campuses are eligible to apply, priority weighting will be given to applications from:
• Austin ISD elementary schools with an enrollment of more than 60 percent students who are qualified for the federal free and reduced program (list of title one schools)
• Schools officially designated as a Fine Arts Academy (e.g. McCallum Fine Arts Academy, Lamar Fine Arts Academy, Covington Fine Arts Academy, and Blackshear Fine Arts Academy)
• Teachers may also form partnerships with community arts organizations to apply for funding (but the grant application must be submitted by the school);
• Schools may form partnerships with each other as a way to receive priority consideration (Ex: A middle school might work with an elementary school on the priority consideration list).
Any teacher making an application must obtain an authorizing signature from his or her principal.
Past recipients of the Fund include:
Allison Elementary School, Andrews Elementary School, Bertha Sadler Means Young Women's Academy, Blackshear Elementary School, Blazier Elementary School, Brooke Elementary School, Campbell Elementary School, Covington Elementary School, Govalle Elementary School, Gus Garcia Men's Academy, Harris Elementary School, Hart Elementary School, Houston Elementary School, Jordan Elementary School, Kealing Middle School, Lamar Middle School, Linder Elementary School, Maplewood Elementary School, McCallum High School, Mendez Middle School, Norman Elementary School, Oak Springs Elementary, Ortega Elementary School, Overton Elementary School, Palm Elementary School, Pecan Springs Elementary School, Perez Elementary School, Pickle Elementary School, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Reagan High School, Reilly Elementary School, Rodriguez Elementary School, Sanchez Elementary School, Sims Elementary School, St. Elmo Elementary School, Travis Heights Elementary School, Travis High School, and Winn Elementary School.
The Paramount Theatre, Forklift Danceworks, Creative Action, Latinitas, Austin Theatre Alliance, VSA Texas, Drama for Schools, Ballet Austin, Ballet Folklorico, Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, Attendance Records, Pollyanna Theatre, and Mexic Arte'.