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Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination Grants Program (AAEDD); formerly known as the Arts in Education—Model Development and Dissemination Grants Program (AEMDD)


Bonnie Carter
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., SW, 4W214
Washington DC 20202
(202) 401-3576

CFDA Number: 84.351D Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants

What’s New

On May 1, 2018 the U.S. Department of Education announced the FY 2018 Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination Grant Competition. This competition is being administered under the Assistance for Arts Education Program, authorized under title IV, part F, subpart 4 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These grant awards are authorized to enrich the academic experiences of students by promoting arts education for students, including disadvantaged students and students who are children with disabilities.

For more information about how to apply for an AAEDD grant, visit the Application Info and Eligibility page.


The Department is interested in peer reviewers from various 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 AAEDDP’s purpose. Reviewers will have expertise in at least one of the program’s focus areas or in educational evaluation.

For more information, click HERE.

UPDATE: The application package instructions and forms template have been updated. Applicants must download and use this application package to apply for the Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination (AAEDD) Grant Program.

Program Description

This program supports the development and dissemination of accessible instructional materials and arts-based educational programming, including online resources, in multiple arts disciplines that effectively (1) increase access to standards-based arts education; (2) integrate standards-based arts education into other subjects; and (3) improve students’ academic performance, including their knowledge and skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts.