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

Grants to USA National 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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03/16/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA national nonprofits 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, and are requested to submit a letter of intent. This program places a strong emphasis on benefitting students with disabilities and students from low-income families.

Program Requirements. Projects funded under this program must include

  1. Professional development for arts educators, teachers, and principals;
  2. Development and dissemination of accessible instructional materials and arts-based educational programming, including online resources, in multiple arts disciplines; and
  3. Community and national outreach activities that strengthen and expand partnerships among schools, LEAs, communities, or centers for the arts, including national centers for the arts.

This notice contains two competitive preference priorities and one invitational priority.

  • Competitive Preference Priority 1: Applications From New Potential Grantees
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2: Applicants That Are National Nonprofit Organizations. 
  • Invitational Priority: Art Therapy. Under this priority, an applicant must describe how it will include art therapy in their project to improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, or reduce and resolve conflicts and distress.

This program supports high-quality arts education projects that must:

  • 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.
  • Implement, or expand, initiatives in arts education and arts integration.
  • Have a special emphasis on serving children from low-income families and children with disabilities.

The following activities and services can be supported through the Arts in Education National Program (AENP):

  • Professional development for pre-kindergarten-through-grade-12 educators, including special educators and arts educators.
  • Development and dissemination of instructional materials, including online resources, in multiple arts disciplines for educators.
  • Arts-based and arts-integrated curriculum and educational programming in music, dance, theater, media arts, and visual arts, including folk arts, for pre-kindergarten-through-grade-12 students and arts educators.
  • Community and national outreach activities that strengthen and expand partnerships among schools, school districts, communities and centers of the arts throughout the country.
  • Other high-quality arts projects for children and youth, with special emphasis on serving children from low-income families and children with disabilities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 129255

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated Range of Awards: $375,000-$2,000,000.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $675,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: Up to 60 months.


  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who May Apply: (specifically):
Any eligible national non-profit organization. An eligible national 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-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Meeting for Potential Applicants:

When: February 1, 2021 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
How to join:
Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer or mobile app:

Or call in (audio only)
+1 202-991-0393,,866311007# United States, Washington DC
Phone Conference ID: 866 311 007#

Pre-Application Information:

Competition Dates:
- Applications Available: January 15, 2021.
- Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: February 16, 2021.
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 16, 2021.
- Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: May 17, 2021.

The Department will be able to review grant applications more efficiently if staff know the approximate number of applicants that intend to apply. Therefore, staff strongly encourage each potential applicant to notify the Department of their intent to submit an application. To do so, please email the program contact person listed under Contact Information with the subject line “Intent to Apply,” and include the applicant's name and a contact person's name and email address. Applicants that do not submit a notice of intent to apply may still apply for funding; applicants that do submit a notice of intent to apply are not bound to apply or bound by the information provided. registration involves many steps including registration on SAM ( which can take approximately seven business days, 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

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Federal Register Notice Inviting Applications:

Contact Information:

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

Bonnie Carter, U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 3E308
Washington, DC 20202-6450
Telephone: (202) 401-3576

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

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