• MPE Logo

    "We believe in using the arts as a vehicle for positive impact. We believe in empowering students to have a voice, and we exist to provide financial access for their dreams to become a reality." 

Four images of students engaging in each art form (music, theatre, dance and visual art)
  • ABOUT ENDOWMENT

    The MICHAEL PARRISH ENDOWMENT FOR ARTS EDUCATION, established in November 2016, is made possible through the generous donation of former Guilford County Schools student, Denise Descouzis. This Endowment is administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro (CFGG) as an endowed fund under the Foundation’s guidelines. Spendable income from the Endowment is available annually to Guilford County Schools Fine Arts Department (GCS Arts) from the Foundation.

    Funds may be used to facilitate arts engagement and enhance arts opportunities in all art forms (music, theatre, visual art, dance, creative writing and spoken word) afforded Guilford County Schools (GCS) students grades K-12 and the communities in which they serve. To receive funds, teachers/students must competitively submit mini-grant proposals for innovative projects that include an outreach component. Grant applications are adjudicated by a committee made up of arts administrators in the Greensboro and High Point communities.

    GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS

    Applicants must include a GCS student with the sponsorship of their teacher. Middle school and high school students can directly apply if they have a teacher project support letter. Elementary teachers can directly apply as long as project directly involves elementary students in the planning and implementation.
     
    The Grant Cycle for 2023-2024 has closed.

    The application is for projects being completed during the 2023-2024 school year and will open on Monday, August 21. The deadline is midnight on Monday, October 16. Applications will be adjudicated in the order they are received, and the Committee will respond within 30 days of application submission.

    BUDGETARY GUIDELINES

    Funds must be used to facilitate arts engagement and enhance arts opportunities in all art forms (music, theatre, visual art and dance) afforded Guilford County Schools (GCS) students grades K-12 and the communities in which they serve.

    Mini-grants will be up to $500, and exceptional projects may be considered for larger funding. Project applicants should find additional funding beyond Endowment grant funds if needed to complete project.

    Funds may be spent for only those activities specified in the grant application or approved in a project or budget revision. Priority will be given to projects that are:

    • Collaborative
    • Multidisciplinary
    • Multicultural
    • And Include an Outreach Component 

    The purposes for which funds may be used include but are not limited to:

    • Types of outreach (social media, CDs, DVDs, performances, etc.) for impacted school children that include an interactive component
    • Hands-on projects at destination school(s) involving impacted school children

    Applications should be submitted electronically using the form below. If you have questions about the grant process, please contact GCS Fine Arts Coordinator, Andrew Dancy, at dancya@gcsnc.com.

    Application

    Late applications will not be accepted.

    Michael Parrish Endowment for Arts Education does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed),gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

    WANT TO DONATE?

    Donations can be made via check or online. Checks can be made out to "Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro" with "Michael Parrish Endowment" in the memo line, and are to be mailed to 301 N. Elm St #100, Greensboro, NC 27401

    Online donations can be made here