U.S. Department of Education Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Education is charged with promoting educational excellence throughout the nation. Federal law recognizes the arts as a core subject of learning. As local partners in music education, orchestras should be aware of the direct and indirect funding opportunities available from the U.S. Department of Education. The agency recently created Welcome to the Arts In Education website, a new website from the Office of Innovation and Improvement, Parental Options and Improvement programs. The site provides news and information about arts in education, including relevant resources in the form of events and publications, as well as related Arts in Education grant program information and stories on successful or innovative grantee practices. 

The Department of Education’s accepted applications in early 2021 for the Assistance for Arts Education (AAE) Program. On September 30, the Department announced FY21 AAE awards totaling $17 million to 27 grants to national nonprofit organizations, local school districts, colleges and universities, and other arts organizations “to enrich the academic experience of and promote arts education for students, including disadvantaged students and students who are children with disabilities.”

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