Funding Opportunities

Arts in Education National Program

This program supports national level high-quality arts education projects and programs for children and youth, with special emphasis on serving students from low-income families and students with disabilities.


The program supports the implementation of the following activities on a national Level:

  1. professional development based on national standards for pre-kindergarten-through-grade-12 arts educators.
  2. development and dissemination of instructional materials, including online resources, in multiple arts disciplines for arts educators
  3. art-based educational programming in music, dance, theater, media arts, and visual arts, including folk arts for pre-kindergarten-through-grade 12 students and arts educators
  4. community and natiOnal outreach activities that strengthen and expand partnerships among schools, school districts, and communities throughout the country.

Additional information on the current grant competition can be found on the Arts in Education National Program website at: under

Charter Schools Program Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools
CFDA Number 84.282M

Under the Replication and Expansion for High-Quality Charter Schools competition, CSP awards money to charter management organizations that have demonstrated success, including improved academic achievement. CSP last completed a Replication and Expansion competition in September 2010, awarding 12 grants totaling $50 million.

Grant money may be used to expand enrollment of one or more existing charter schools, or to open one or more new charter schools based on the model for which the eligible applicant has presented evidence of success.

Additional information on the current grant competition can be found on the Charter Schools Program Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools website at: under

Promise Neighborhoods
CFDA Number 84.215P

Promise Neighborhoods, established under the legislative authority of the Fund for the Improvement of Education Program (FIE), provides funding to support eligible entities, including (1) nonprofit organizations, which may include faith-based nonprofit organizations, (2) institutions of higher education, and (3) Indian tribes.

The vision of the program is that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career. The purpose of Promise Neighborhoods is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most distressed communities, and to transform those communities by—

  1. Identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible entities that are focused on achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood;
  2. Building a complete continuum of cradle-to-career solutions of both educational programs and family and community supports, with great schools at the center;
  3. Integrating programs and breaking down agency “silos” so that solutions are implemented effectively and efficiently across agencies;
  4. Developing the local infrastructure of systems and resources needed to sustain and scale up proven, effective solutions across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood; and
  5. Learning about the overall impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program and about the relationship between particular strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including through a rigorous evaluation of the program.

Additional information on the current grant competition can be found on the Promise Neighborhoods website at: under

Investing in Innovation
CFDA Number 84.411A (Scale-up), 84.411B (Validation), 84.411C (Development)

This program provides funding to support (1) local educational agencies (LEAs), and (2) nonprofit organizations in partnership with (a) one or more LEAs or (b) a consortium of schools. The purpose of this program is to provide competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement and attainment in order to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates. These grants, which can be for 3, 4, or 5 years, will (1) allow eligible entities to expand and develop innovative practices that can serve as models of best practices, (2) allow eligible entities to work in partnership with the private sector and the philanthropic community, and (3) support eligible entities in identifying and documenting best practices that can be shared and taken to scale based on demonstrated success. Under this program, the Department awards three types of grants: Scale-up grants, Validation grants, and Development grants.

Additional information on the current grant competition can be found on the i3 website at: under

Forecast of Funding Opportunities

We expect to invite applications for FY 2011 under the following programs, subject to availability of funds. This information is advisory only and is not an official notice of the Department of Education. Updates to this information will be provided as they become available.


  • Charter Schools Program Non-State Educational Agencies (Non-SEA)
  • Charter Schools Program Non-State Educational Agencies (Non-SEA) Dissemination Grant