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ARTA Grants Program

ARTA currently funds $2,000 grants for Arkansas public school employees in the following categories:

Parsons-Burnett Grant for Certified Employees


  1. Applicant must be currently employed as a certified educator in an Arkansas public school.

  2. Applicant must be working towards a specific graduate degree, endorsement or certification.

  3. Requests for funds to pay off student debt are not eligible.

  4. Previous applicants may reapply.


Evaluation Critera

  1. Academic record

  2. Teaching performance

  3. Innovation/Technique

  4. Community service/Extracurricular activity

  5. Financial need

Mitchell-Fair Grant for Classified Employees


  1. Applicant must have three (3) years current employment in an Arkansas public school.

  2. Applicant must have at least three (3) years of service credit in the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System.

  3. Applicant must have at least 15 credit hours in an accredited college.

  4. Applicant must be working toward an Arkansas teaching license.


Evaluation Critera

  1. Academic record

  2. Education plan/Philosophy

  3. School/Community involvement

  4. Financial need

General Guidelines

Application Process

  1. Applications must be completed online between March 15 and June 15.

  2. Use the Preview buttons to see what materials you will need before you begin your application.

  3. Supporting documents should be uploaded within the application.

  4. You will be able to save your application and return to it later.

  5. You may request that electronic transcripts be sent directly to ARTA. Call 501-375-2958 for instructions.

Award Process

  1. Applications are reviewed by a committee of ARTA members using an established rubric.

  2. The number of grants will be determined by ARTA and awarded to the highest-scoring applicants.

  3. All applicants receive a letter regarding the status of their application.

  4. Award checks will be presented to each recipient at a meeting within the recipient's school district.

Watch this space for the 2024 application dates

To date, more than $240,000 in grants have been awarded to active personnel in Arkansas's public schools.
These grants are primarily funded by donations and other contributions from ARTA members and their families.



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