First Year Teacher Grants

Supporting Arts Education Access

The Texas Cultural Trust (TXCT) recognizes the critical importance of providing quality arts education to every child. The First Year Teacher Grant is designed to support highly qualified arts teachers in providing quality arts education access to Title I, rural, low arts access communities.  

The First Year Teacher Grant awards grantees a one-time grant in the amount of $1,500. This grant is intended to help alleviate expenses associated with completing the first year as a teacher. These grants can fund professional development, classroom enrichment, school supplies, field trips and additional resources to enhance the quality of arts education. 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be entering their first year as a public-school teacher; under contract with Title 1 campus; and TEA certified as an arts educator. Priority is given to teachers serving rural, low arts access areas.

The 2020-2021 grant application has closed.

2020-2021 Grants

$21,000 in First Year Teacher Grants were awarded for the 2020-2021 term. The recipients of the award are: 

Andrea Aguirre, El Paso ISD
Jessica Brown, Waco ISD
Heather Brown, Bastrop ISD
Marcus Cardenas, Irving ISD
Rebecca East, Austin ISD
Alessandria Garza, Manor ISD
Valeria Gulino, Lake Dallas ISD
Ana Leal, San Antonio ISD
Marsalis Mahome, Bastrop ISD
Diamante Martinez, Del Valle ISD
Rachel Militzer, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD
Stephanie Rangel, Manor ISD
Trina Simon, Manor ISD
Sara Trogdon, Marble Falls ISD