Request for Proposals: Arts Education - Government School Teachers in Karnataka (CLOSED)

Application Deadline: October 16, 2015
(To download the call in Kannada click here)

India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) invites project proposals for arts education in their schools from government school teachers in Karnataka. This initiative falls under the Kali-Kalisu initiative that aims to forge collaborations between teachers, the school community and local artists.

The purpose of these grants are to encourage teachers to look beyond their subject teaching and explore the possibilities in arts education, create opportunities for teachers and artists across disciplines to become joint stakeholders in the school community and enrich curriculum and classroom teaching through artistic interventions. We hope the grants will set in motion processes that will continue beyond the grant period.

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

Arts teachers, subject teachers and lecturers from the District Institutes of Education and Training (DIET) from government school contexts in Karnataka.

Projects undertaken could do any of the following:

  • Bring multiple stakeholders such as parents, students, teachers, school administration and art practitioners together for an artistic 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 with 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.


  • 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, interim narrative report, a comprehensible final report along with a financial report at the end of the grant period, which should describe and assess grant related activities, accomplishments, challenges and lessons learnt during the term of the grant

Your proposal should cover in detail:

  • Your project idea with reference to the school you work in
  • Your current role and responsibilities in the school
  • The proposed work plan and methodology of your engagement in the school
  • The proposed outcome of your project and how you imagine this outcome will contribute to the field and discourse of arts education
  • Anticipated duration of the project. Your project may have a minimum duration of nine months and a maximum duration of eighteen months
  • Budget for the duration of the grant
  • You may choose to write your proposal in Kannada, Hindi, Urdu or English


  • Support up to a total of Rs 1,00,000/- is available
  • 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
  • Funds will not cover institutional overheads, building costs and infrastructural development
  • You may budget an honorarium of maximum Rs 10,000 for yourself and an honorarium not exceeding Rs 20,000 for external resource persons' for the entire duration of the grant
  • Please budget for an accountant's fee subject to a maximum of Rs 3000/-


  • You are welcome to approach us to ask questions, discuss your ideas or send us a draft proposal for our suggestions and comments by or before September 25, 2015
  • Your final applications should be in hard copy and reach us on or before October 16, 2015
  • You are responsible for the delivery of your proposal and supporting material to IFA by the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted
  • If your proposal is short-listed, you may be requested to make yourself available for a presentation and discussion at IFA (Date to be determined). Your proposal will be assessed with the help of external evaluators, and IFA's decision on grants will be final
  • You can expect grant awards to be announced by end of November, 2015

Please address your application or any queries to or write to:
Programme Executive - 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

These grants are supported by Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore.
For more information on Kali-Kalisu, follow this link.