Arts in Education


To provide competitive grants that support the integration of the arts into the elementary and secondary school curriculum, with particular focus on improving the academic achievement of low-income students.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Innovation and Improvement
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended, Title V, Part D, Subpart 15.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State educational agencies; local educational agencies; institutions of higher education; museums and other cultural institutions; and any other public or private agencies, institutions, or organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Arts educators and administrators, and their students benefit.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The applicant must submit the following by the designated deadline: Written narrative addressing the selection criteria and application content; all required forms: SF 424; A,B,C,D of Form 525; Assurances Non-Construction programs; Certification Regarding Lobbying, Debarment and Suspension; Drug-Free Workplace Requirements; Disclosure of Lobbying Activity; Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility, and Voluntary Exclusion - Lower Tiered Covered Transactions.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed by the agency for eligibility and completeness; applications are reviewed and scored by a panel of experts; and applications are ranked according to raw scores. A funding slate is prepared, and the highest ranked applications are recommended for funding. Successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome, and grant awards are prepared and mailed to successful grantees.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The approval/disapproval time is approximately 60 to 120 days following the application deadline.
Not Applicable.
Applicants may apply for a project period of up to four years. Continuation awards are subject to the availability of appropriations and substantial progress by the grantee.
How are proposals selected?
Selection criteria are contained in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) 34 CFR 75.210.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to support the following types of activities: (1) development and dissemination of model school-based arts education programs; (2) development of model professional development programs in the arts for teachers and administrators; (3) collaborative activities with Federal agencies or institutions involved in arts education, arts educators, and organizations representing the arts; and (4) model programs to integrate arts education into the regular elementary and secondary school curriculum. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 75.563. For assistance call the Office of Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on 202-708-7770.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports are due within six to ten months of the initial award date; these reports are used to determine whether the grantee has made substantial progress toward meeting the project objectives and should or should not receive continuation funding. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
In accordance with the General Education Provisions Act and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), certain financial records must be maintained for a period of 3 years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants under this program may be awarded for up to 48 months. Continuation awards are subject to the availability of funds and substantial progress by the grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Anna Hinton Arts in Education Grants, Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 260-1816
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $25,000,000; FY 15 est $25,000,000; and FY 16 est $25,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range of new awards: $100,000 to $6,700,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Department of Education General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). Contact the Program Office for additional information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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