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Assistance for Arts Education Program: Arts in Education National Program (AENP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Arts
Education Services for Youth and Children

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US Department of Education - Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII)

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07/06/18 4:30 PM


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Grants to USA national nonprofit organizations to provide high-quality arts education services and projects for youth and children. Applicants are advised to create or verify the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date. This program places a strong emphasis on benefitting students with disabilities and students from low-income families.

AENP projects must:
1. Support community and national outreach activities that strengthen and expand partnerships among schools, local educational agencies (LEAs), communities, or centers for the arts, including national centers for the arts.
2. Implement, or expand, initiatives in arts education and arts integration.
3. Have a special emphasis on serving children from low-income families and children with disabilities.

In general awards made to eligible entities to fulfill the purpose described in section 4641(a)(1), shall be used for a program (to be known as the ‘‘Assistance for Arts Education program’’) to promote arts education for students, including disadvantaged students and students who are children with disabilities, through activities such as:

(A) professional development for arts educators, teachers, and principals;

(B) development and dissemination of accessible instructional materials and arts-based educational programming, including online resources, in multiple arts disciplines; and

(C) community and national outreach activities that strengthen and expand partnerships among schools, local educational agencies, communities, or centers for the arts, including national centers for the arts.


As conditions of receiving assistance made available under this section, the Secretary shall require each eligible entity receiving such assistance:

(1) To coordinate, to the extent practicable, each project or program carried out with such assistance with appropriate activities of public or private cultural agencies, institutions, and organizations, including museums, arts education associations, libraries, and theaters; and

(2) To use such assistance only to supplement, and not to supplant, any other assistance or funds made available from non-Federal sources for the activities assisted under this subpart

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GrantWatch ID#: 129255

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible national nonprofit organization is an organization of national scope that:
(1) Is supported by staff, which may include volunteers or affiliates at the State and local levels; and
(2) Demonstrates effectiveness or high-quality plans for addressing arts education activities for disadvantaged students or students who are children with disabilities.

Pre-Application Information: registration involves many steps including registration on SAM ( which may take approximately one week to complete, but could take upwards of several weeks to complete, depending upon the completeness and accuracy of the data entered into the SAM database by an applicant. You may begin working on your application while completing the registration process, but you cannot submit an application until all of the Registration steps are complete. Please note that once your SAM registration is active, it will take 24-48 hours for the information to be available in, and before you can submit an application through

Note: To submit successfully, you must provide the DUNS number on your application that was used when you registered as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) on This DUNS number is typically the same number used when your organization registered with the SAM. If you do not enter the same DUNS number on your application as the DUNS you registered with, will reject your application.

The Department encourages each potential applicant to notify staff of the applicant’s intent to submit an application by sending a short email message. Applicants that do not complete the Intent to Apply may still submit an application. Please submit the form no later than June 6, 2018.

All AENP applications must be fully uploaded and submitted and must be date and time stamped by the system by 4:30 PM Washington, DC time on July 6, 2018.

It is strongly recommended that you do not wait until the last day to submit your application.

FY 2018 AENP Competition Timeline:
-Intent to Apply: June 6, 2018
-Pre-Application Webinar: TBD
-Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 6, 2018
-Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 4, 2018

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Asheley McBride
(202) 453-6398 / (800) USA-LEARN

U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., SW, 4W240
Washington DC 20202

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