Creativity is the heart and soul of Disney. By inspiring creativity in young people today, we hope to ignite the spark of innovation that will lead us to a brighter tomorrow.
The Disneyland Resort CREATE Grants program provides Orange County teachers with classroom materials that support visual and performing arts projects. This year, the Resort will provide up to $100,000 in grants to help fund creative and innovative projects and experiences.
Since the program’s inception in 1994, Disneyland Resort has contributed over $1.7 million to support visual and performing arts programs. In 2013, we funded 269 art and music projects that benefitted nearly 42,000 students in 137 schools throughout Orange County.
Applications will be accepted from full-time, district-employed teachers from K-12 public schools in the Orange County, CA school system.
Funding is available for visual and performing arts experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. From basic art supplies to field trips to local theatre or music productions, Disneyland encourages teachers to submit their creative ideas (see DonorsChoose.org field trip eligibility requirements).
Grants will be awarded in the following dollar amounts:
- Up to $600 for teachers from Orange County Schools
- Up to $750 for teachers from schools located in the city of Anaheim
- Apply by submitting a classroom project on DonorsChoose.org from July 15, 2014-October 14, 2014
- Grant recipients will be notified and see their projects funded on DonorsChoose.org by November
- Teachers are eligible to submit up to two separate projects provided:
- One project must be for the teacher’s specific classroom.
- The second project can be a school or district project or program as long as the teacher who submits the request is sponsoring it.
How to Apply
- After July 15th, visit http://www.donorschoose.org/teachers to complete your project request.
- Create a project on the DonorsChoose.org website, which will guide you through selecting items and describing the impact the materials will have on your students.
- The Disneyland Resort will consider projects whose total cost is $600 or less ($750 for Anaheim schools). Please note that the total cost will include fulfillment expenses. Material costs should total approximately $400-$450 in materials ($500-$550 for Anaheim). Be sure to check your project total cost before submitting.
- Select “Music & Arts” as your project’s focus. In your responses, include the following information:
- The word “Disney”
- How your project supports VAPA standards and enriches student learning
- How your project provides a unique and lasting experience for students
- The timeline of when you plan to implement your project
- (Encouraged but not required) in support of arts education, Disneyland recognizes that creativity aids in the development of positive family relationships, and therefore encourages projects that engage families. Explain how your project engages parents, promotes family involvement or continued learning beyond the classroom.
- Your project will be posted online and available for funding from individual donors. If chosen by the Disneyland Resort, it will be fully funded by November.
- If you have questions please check out the DonorsChoose.org Help Center.
Projects will be evaluated by DonorsChoose.org and the Disneyland Resort based on the creativity of the project and the ability for its fulfillment to provide a meaningful experience for students. We will also be looking for a detailed description of which content standards your project supports.
By proceeding to the application, you agree that the project listed on your application has been approved by and adheres to the standards and guidelines set forth by the school and district to which you are affiliated.