• EFA Grant Applications and Information

     

    Applications for the 2025-2026 school year will be available starting December 1.

     
    New applicants should create an account in their name. Applications must be completed and submitted electronically and will be due by 11:59 p.m. on the designated date below.
     
     

    Irving S. Gilmore Student Arts Scholarships ($125,000)

    Scholarships are available to eligible* K-12 Kalamazoo County students for artistic education and enrichment beyond the classroom. Funds for the 2025-2026 school year will be awarded for private arts instruction, classes at arts institutions or summer arts camps and other arts-related activities.  All intermediate and advanced level applicants must also upload a work sample to be reviewed by the grant panelists. (*Legal residence must be within one of the nine local districts serviced by Kalamazoo RESA. Current seniors are not eligible to apply.)

    Deadline to apply: 11:59 pm on January 23, 2025
     
    Student Scholarship Guidelines (PDF)
     

    Irving S. Gilmore Student Artistic Equipment Program ($30,000)

    Scholarships give eligible* advanced-level students from Kalamazoo County access to equipment that is either not available through rental programs or is prohibitively expensive to purchase. All applicants must upload a work sample to be reviewed by grant panelists. (*Legal residence must be within one of the nine local districts serviced by Kalamazoo RESA.)
     
    Deadline to apply: 11:59 pm on February 27, 2025
     
     

    EFA Artistic Project Grants for Classrooms ($25,000)

    Grants are available to eligible Kalamazoo County schools to help enhance and expand arts education curriculum, classroom projects and extracurricular activities through workshops, artist residencies and field trips to performances and exhibits.

    Deadline to apply: 11:59 pm on March 27, 2025
     
     

    EFA Artistic Development Grants for Educators ($25,000)

    Grants are available to eligible Kalamazoo County arts teachers and educators as well as EFA Teaching Artists. This program provides educators the rare opportunity to develop their own artistic abilities and knowledge base through artist retreats, workshops and mentorships. 
     
    Deadline to apply: 11:59 pm on March 27, 2025
     
     
     

     
     
     
    Notice: All EFA Project Grant, Artistic Development Grant, Irving S. Gilmore Student Arts Scholarship and Irving S. Gilmore Student Artistic Equipment Scholarship applications must be completed and submitted electronically. No paper applications will be accepted. All questions should be directed to Bryan Zocher at bryan.zocher@kresa.org.