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For Teachers

About Art Angels

The Art Angels for Budding Artists (AABA) Program is a committee of the Sanford Brush & Palette Club (SBPC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization incorporated in the state of North Carolina.   

The AABA was formally established in 2011 to assist the Art Teachers in our Lee County Public School System to successfully complete classroom projects and explore opportunities in the realm of visual art with their students.  This is accomplished through Special Project Grants or Supplemental Art Supply Grants.

AABA also offers young artists (grades 6-12) who show exceptional talent or promise an opportunity to receive art supplies and/or instruction.  The student requires an unrelated sponsor who is either a Visual Arts Teacher in a Lee County Public School or an SBPC Member to complete the application.

Making Donations

In addition to generous financial contributions, we also accept new or gently-used art supplies, equipment or art books.

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What We Can Buy With…

  • $10 = 30 Glue Sticks or 100 Sheets of Construction Paper
  • $15 = 1000 Popsicle Craft Sticks or 500 Sheets of Drawing Paper
  • $20 = 120 Pieces of Sidewalk Chalk or 36 Sharpie Permanent Markers or 100 Sheets of Watercolor Paper
  • $25 = 5 Sets of Oil Pastels or 36 Cans of Modeling Compound
  • $30 = 30 Sets of Colored Pencils or 10 Pounds of Pottery Clay
  • $40 = 36 Sets of Watercolor Paints or 48 Canvas Panel Boards
  • $50 = 6 Easels or 12 Pints of Acrylic Paint or 800 Crayons
  • $75 = 12 Sets of Artist Chalk Pastels
  • $100 = 25 Pounds of White Air-Dry Clay

Grant Application Instructions

The Sanford Brush & Palette Club (SBPC) desires to support arts education for students in the Lee County Public School System through its Art Angels for Budding Artists (AABA) program. Grant applications are accepted year-round; however, applicants may request and receive one grant each calendar year.  Art Teachers and Sponsors are asked to notify the SBPC when a project is taking place so that board members or donors may attend. The SBPC requests that any report about a grant-sponsored activity, either in school newsletters or newspaper publications recognize our contribution.

Decisions are made by or in accordance with guidelines set by the SBPC Board of Directors.  Applicants are typically notified within 30 days.  A decision to deny a request does not imply that the applicant’s request is not needed or worthy, but simply that it does not fall within our giving guidelines, priorities, or that the funds are not available.  If a grant is approved, the recipients need to file a Final Report within 30 days of project completion or receipt of funds or materials.  Online Application and Final Report Forms are available below.  If the grant-sponsored activity cannot be fulfilled, contact us as soon as possible. (Button at the bottom of this page).

Art Teacher Grants
These grants are awarded to Visual Arts Teachers in the Lee County Public School System for projects, field trips, and/or art supplies. The goal is to provide opportunities and/or materials to try out new ideas or enhance a portion of the curriculum that would not otherwise be possible due to lack of funds. Collaboration among teachers and schools is encouraged.

Sponsorship Grants
Grants for art instruction and/or supplies may be awarded to promising young artists (grades 6-12) who exhibit exceptional talent or aptitude.  The student requires an aunrelated sponsor who is either a Visual Arts Teacher in the Lee County Public School System or an SBPC member to apply on his/her behalf.  Preference is given to those who have not previously received a grant