Disneyland Resort program offers grant funding to support arts initiatives in OC classrooms

Are you an Orange County teacher who inspires students to imagine, problem-solve, collaborate and express themselves through the creative arts?

logo-create-grants-rev23Well, the Disneyland Resort wants to help. The CREATE Grants program is accepting applications from now through Oct. 16 to provide Orange County teachers with classroom materials for visual and performing arts projects. From basic art supplies to field trips to a local theater, teachers are encouraged to submit their creative project ideas for experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.

Since 1994 the Disneyland Resort has contributed more than $1.8 million to support the arts in Orange County public schools. And this year, Disneyland Resorts is working with DonorsChoose.org to engage other citizen philanthropists in funding the projects.

Here’s how it works:

Teachers post a project that meets the Disneyland Resort CREATE Grants criteria at DonorsChoose.org. Selected projects will automatically qualify for the “Double Your Impact” offer that provides a 50 percent match to projects that meet specific criteria. Projects will appear on the site as half-off, so if donors fund half, the Disneyland Resort will automatically fund the rest.

Keep in mind that Disneyland Resort funding is only applied to projects if citizens fund the other 50 percent before grant funds run out or before project deadlines.

You can get more information on eligibility criteria at the CREATE Grants website. Teachers are invited to submit their applications on the DonorsChoose.org website here, but remember that the project funding deadline is Oct. 16.