Request for Proposals: Artists for Arts Education: May 2018 (CLOSED)

India Foundation for the Arts
Proposals for Arts Education from Artists
For Arts Projects in Government Schools in Karnataka

Deadline: Friday, July 13, 2018
(To download the call in Kannada, click here)

India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) invites proposals from artists for Arts Projects in government schools in Karnataka. This Call for Proposals falls under the Kali Kalisu initiative of IFA that aims to forge collaborations between teachers, local artists, and the school community:

  • To enrich curriculum and classroom teaching through artistic interventions.
  • To create opportunities for artists and teachers to become joint stakeholders in the school community, and enrich curriculum and classroom teaching – through artistic interventions.
  • To set in motion, processes that will develop concrete pedagogical approaches for arts integration in school curricula.

Click here to learn more about some of our grants from earlier years

Programme Officer Krishnamurthy T N talks about the Arts Education programme
and how you can apply as an artist in the video below:

Who Can Apply:

  • Proposals are welcome from artists with or without prior experience or relevant training in arts education in government schools. However, applicants who do not have the experience of working in government schools must have worked with children / young adults.
  • Applicants should be able to communicate in the concerned local language.
  • Applicants must be Indian nationals or have been resident in India for at least five consecutive years. Click here for more on our eligibility criteria.

Scope of the Project:

Projects undertaken could concentrate on any of the following:

  • Bring multiple stakeholders such as parents, students, teachers, school administration, and art practitioners together for an arts project.
  • Explore learning environments enriched by regional/local art forms and practices in the classroom.
  • Conceptualise and put in place student-centered programmes such as an arts cell within the student community which will meet regularly to experience and explore various art forms (theatre, visual arts, film, literature, photography, music etc).
  • Examine possibilities with the arts to sensitise and engage the school community to thinking about local realities such as social justice and environmental issues.

Other long-term or short-term projects that engage with arts education in innovative and creative ways will also be considered.

Application Process:

  • You are welcome to approach us with questions, discuss your ideas or send us a draft proposal for our suggestions and comments on or before June 15, 2018.
  • Your final proposal should reach us in hard copy on or before Friday, July 13, 2018.
  • Anticipated duration of the project. Your project may have a minimum duration of six months and a maximum duration of one year and six months.
  • You may choose to write your proposal in Kannada, Hindi, Urdu, Telugu, Marathi or English.
  • You are responsible for the delivery of your proposal and supporting material to IFA by the closing date. Late proposals will not be accepted.
  • If your proposal is shortlisted, you may be requested to make yourself available for a presentation and discussion at IFA (Date to be determined).
  • You can expect grant awards to be announced by August 31, 2018.

Proposal Guidelines:

Your final proposal must contain the following:

  • Objectives of the proposed project
  • Details of the government school identified for the project
  • Methodology and detailed work plan
  • Outcomes of the project
  • Permission letter from the head of the school
  • Detailed break-up of the Budget


  • Support of up to a total of Rs 2,00,000/- is available.
  • Budget for the duration of the grant.
  • Each budget category must pertain to a specific item of project-related expenditure.
  • Funds will cover only project-related personnel costs, activities and travel, and can provide for modest equipment and materials, if necessary.
  • You may budget for an honorarium of a minimum of Rs 15,000/- per month for yourself and professional fees for external resource persons (if needed) for the entire duration of the grant.
  • Budget for an accountant’s fee subject to a maximum of Rs 3,000/-

Requirements from Teachers selected for grants:

  • Develop a concrete pedagogical approach that could later be disseminated.
  • Provide timely documentation (audio, video, reports, and photographs) for internal reporting.
  • Submit a process document, narrative reports (interim and final), a comprehensible final report, and financial reports (interim and final). While the interim reports (both narrative and financial) are to be submitted at mid-term of the grant period, the final reports (narrative and financial) are to be given in at the end of the grant period. These documents/reports need to describe and assess grant-related outlining processes, activities, challenges and accomplishments during the term of the grant.

Please address your proposal or any queries to Krishnamurthy T N at or write to:

Krishnamurthy T N
Programme Officer - Arts Education
India Foundation for the Arts,
'Apurva', Ground Floor, No 259, 4th Cross,
Raj Mahal Vilas 2nd Stage, 2nd Block,
Bangalore - 560 094
Phone: 080 2341 4681 / 82

The Arts Education programme has been supported by Citi India since 2016.

Click here for more information on Kali Kalisu