Request for Proposals: Teachers for Arts Education: November 2017 (CLOSED)

India Foundation for the Arts
Proposals for Arts Education from Teachers
from Government Schools in Karnataka

Deadline: January 12, 2018
(To download the call in Kannada, click here)

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

The purpose of these grants are to encourage teachers to look beyond their subject of teaching and explore 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

Programme Executive Krishna talks about the Arts Education programme
and how to apply in this video below.

Who Can Apply:

Administrators, Head Masters, Block Resource Persons, Cluster Resource Persons, Subject Teachers, Art Teachers from government schools, and Lecturers from the District Institutes of Education and Training (DIET) in Karnataka.
(For more on the eligibility criteria please click here.)

Scope of the Project:

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 in the arts to sensitise and engage the school community to thinking about local realities such as social justice and environmental issues.

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

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 an interim narrative report, a comprehensive final report and a financial report at the end of the grant period, which should describe and assess grant-related outlining processes, activities, challenges and accomplishments during the term of the grant.

Proposal Guidelines:

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.
  • Your proposed work plan and methodology of 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 one year and six months.
  • Budget for the duration of the grant.
  • You may choose to write your proposal in Kannada, Hindi, Marathi, 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 2,000/-


  • You are welcome to approach us to ask questions, discuss your ideas or send us a draft proposal for our suggestions and comments on or before December 23, 2017.
  • Your final proposal should be in hard copy and reach us on or before January 12, 2018.
  • 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 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 February 24, 2018.

Please address your application or any queries to or write to:

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