The Thornapple Arts Council’s Financial Assistance fund is intended to help ensure Barry County arts students and teachers have the opportunity to partake in educational opportunities regardless of economic circumstance.
Eligible Visual and Performing Arts Departments:
Hastings Area Schools K-12
Delton Kellogg Public Schools K-12
Maple Valley Public Schools K-12
Thornapple Kellogg Schools K-12
Lakewood Public Schools K-12
The Art Pantry program allows Barry County art teachers to request specific art supplies for their classrooms, either through direct purchase or through reimbursement. Teachers are also welcome to come and look through TAC’s physical art pantry to find items that may fit their needs. Requests for reimbursement must be pre-approved.
Minigrants for Arts Educators
The Minigrant program helps ease the financial burdens of classroom experiences. Teachers can apply to be reimbursed for up to $500 in expenses incurred during class programs (e.g. admission fees, transportation expenses, speaker fees). Teachers can apply for these funds year-round but will be limited to receiving one minigrant per school year. This program is intended for class experiences and not for individual student needs. Minigrant reimbursement requests must be pre-approved.
Student Assistance Fund
The Student Assistance Program helps fine arts students that could benefit from financial assistance to participate in educational activities (e.g. fees individual students must pay for mandatory band camp or field trips). Activities are eligible if they have a performance or educational component. Arts teachers will apply for the financial assistance on behalf of the students. Checks will be made out to the school.
Sue Drummond Arts Education Scholarships
The Sue Drummond Arts Education Scholarship Program is a scholarship program open to Barry County students entering 9th through 12th grades. The program supports students in their participation in accredited summer camps. Students may apply for up to 75% of the cost of their summer camp, and decisions are based on both merit and need. The applications become available in March of each year, with auditions and award announcements in May.