Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination


Discretionary/Competitive Grants


Grant Opportunity:

UPDATE: An amendment to this notice was posted on the Federal Register on March 4, 2021.  Please click here for more information.

The FY 2021 Assistance for Arts Education (AAE) Notice Inviting Applications was posted on the Federal Register January 15, 2021.

Competition Dates:

  • Applications Available: January 15, 2021.
  • Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: February 16, 2021.
  • Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 15, 2021.
  • Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 14, 2021.

Pre-Application Meeting for Potential Applicants:

A pre-application meeting was held on Monday, February 1, 2021 to help potential applicants understand the Notice Inviting Applications and to offer guidance for preparing a grant application. For those who were not able to attend or would like a copy of the presentation, please see below:

AAE Pre-Application Slides

Call for Peer Reviewers

The Department is seeking peer reviewers for the Assistance for Arts Education grant competition. We are seeking peer reviewers from various educational backgrounds and professions, including K-12 arts curriculum specialists and arts-integration teachers; principals and administrators of arts-focused or arts-integration schools; district-, state- or regional-level professional development specialists and coordinators; educational program evaluators, and others with education expertise relevant to the program purposes. Reviewers will have expertise in at least one of the program’s focus areas, in professional development and education administration, or in educational evaluation. Additionally, the most qualified candidates may have expertise in arts integration, staff development, strategic planning, scaling successful programs, research and evaluation, and prior experience reviewing or approving grant applications.

Please read through the instructions and complete the submission process if you are interested in serving in this round of Arts grant competitions.

AAEDD Program Overview

The Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination (AAEDD) program supports the development and dissemination of accessible instructional materials and arts-based educational programming, including online resources, in multiple arts disciplines that effectively:

  • increase access to standards-based arts education;
  • integrate standards-based arts education into other subjects; and
  • improve students’ academic performance, including their knowledge and skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts.

Contact Information

  • Simon Earle, PhD
    Group Leader - Arts in Education Program
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    400 Maryland Ave., SW
    Washington, DC 20202