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Deadline: July 2, 2018

U.S. Department of Education: Assistance for Arts Education-Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination

The Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination (AAEDD), which is part of the Assistance for Arts Education (AAE) program, works to promote arts education for students, including disadvantaged students and students who are children with disabilities. The AAEDD program specifically supports the development and dissemination of accessible instructional materials and arts-based educational programming. It builds on its predecessor, the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) program, to include a focus on the development and dissemination of arts-based educational programming, including online resources, in all arts disciplines, such as music, dance, theater, and visual arts, including folk arts.

Certain activities that were supported under the AEMDD program may also be supported under the new AAEDD program, including but not limited to, professional development for teachers and administrators, arts-based programming such as classroom support through the use of teaching artists, art specialists, and art therapists, and the development and dissemination of curricula, lesson plans, and software programs, such as mobile apps.

One absolute priority is included: Projects that develop, disseminate, and integrate high-quality, effective arts-based instructional materials and educational programming, including online resources, in multiple arts disciplines that: (1) increase access to standards-based arts education; (2) integrate standards-based arts education into other subjects as part of a well-rounded education; and (3) improve students’ academic performance, including their knowledge and skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts.

Amount: A total of $14,000,000 is available to make 20-25 awards that range from $525,000-$625,000 per project year and average $575,000 per project year. The project period is for up to 48 months.


  • An LEA or consortium of LEAs in which 20 percent or more of the students served by the LEA or LEAs within the consortium are from families with an income below the Federal poverty line (including a public charter school that meets the definition of LEA in section 8101(30) of the ESEA) and that may work in partnership with one or more of the following: (a) An SEA; (b) An institution of higher education; (c) The Bureau of Indian Education; or (d) A museum or cultural institution, or another private agency, institution, organization.
  • An SEA; an institution of higher education; a museum or cultural institution; Bureau of Indian Education; or private agency, institution, or organization, that must partner with an eligible LEA, and that may partner with another eligible entity.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=304513

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