AthFest Educates Winter 2014 Grant Cycle Opens

Local non-profit AthFest Educates announced that the application period for grants for local music and arts programs are now being accepted through November 28th.

Applications are accepted from individuals from nonprofit organizations, public schools or local or state government agencies serving Athens-Clarke County youth in grades K-5. Funding priority is given to grants for music and arts nonconsumable equipment, music and arts programs and experiences, and art-based and music-based professional development for educators and/or youth development specialists.

AthFest Educates holds two annual events—AthFest Music and Arts Festival, and the AthHalf Half Marathon—to raise funds for the organization’s bi-annual grant-making efforts in August and January.

To date AthFest Educates has donated over $175,000 in grants to local schools and community programs that promote arts and music education.

Grants are not just for music or arts teachers. Jill Helme, director of AthFest Educates says, “we firmly believe in the power of music and arts to develop and deepen young people’s understanding of all core subject areas, not just in music or art class, so we strongly encourage teachers out there who want to use music and/or other arts in their teaching of language arts, math, science, social studies and other courses, to apply for grants, too.”

More information and applications are online at