Arts in Education—Model Development and Dissemination Grants Program

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  1. What is the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program?
  2. What is the purpose of the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program?
  3. What is the funding authority for the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program?
  4. When will awards be made?
  5. For how long will projects be funded?
  6. What are activities that may be done to build capacity?
  7. Should a budget be included for additional years at the time of application?
  8. Does the project have to last four years?
  9. What is the range of awards?
  10. Is there a matching requirement?
  11. What grade spans does the program support?

1. What is the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program?

The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program furthers the development of models that effectively strengthen and integrate arts in elementary and middle school core academic curriculum.

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2. What is the purpose of the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program?

The purpose of the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant is to support the enhancement, expansion, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative, cohesive models that are based on research and have demonstrated that they effectively: (1) integrate standards-based arts education into the core elementary and middle school curricula; (2) strengthen standards-based arts instruction in these grades; and (3) improve students’ academic performance, including their skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts. Projects funded through the AEMDD program are intended to increase the amount of information on effective models for arts education that is nationally available that integrate the arts with standards-based education programs.

In this case, "integrating" should be understood both as encouraging the use of high-quality arts in the course of other academic instruction and strengthening the place of arts as a core academic subject in the regular school curricula.

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3. What is the funding authority for the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program?

The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program is authorized by Title V, Part D, Subpart 15 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The estimated amount of funds available for new awards is $8,655,781. The Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement administers the program.

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4. When will awards be made?

The Department anticipates making awards in September, 2014.

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5. For how long will projects be funded?

Projects will be funded for up to 48 months. Funding for continuation awards is contingent upon future Congressional appropriations for this program and the approval of continuation awards. The first 12 months may be used to build capacity to effectively carry out the comprehensive activities involved in the evaluation and design plans.

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6. What are activities that may be done to build capacity?

Grantees may use up to the first 12 months of the project period to work with the project evaluator, ED's technical assistance provider, ED staff, and the school district(s) to refine the evaluation design, build capacity to execute the evaluation, and ensure that program design and implementation is aligned with the evaluation requirements. Activities may include but are not limited to:

  1. Confirming the type of design to be used (for example, enduring that random assignment or matched comparison is feasible within the school and school district, and obtaining the full agreement of the school administration for full participation in the project for the entire period of the project performance period;
  2. Reviewing the outcomes to be measured and the ability to report the outcomes in a format that meets the requirements of ED 524B;
  3. Developing or strengthening a logic model that focuses on the level of evaluation and assessment;
  4. Creating an agreement with school administrators and staff as to how the applicant plans to assign students, teachers, classrooms, or schools to the project and control group or match them for comparison with other students, teachers, classrooms, or schools;
  5. Gaining Human Subjects and IRB approval; and
  6. Obtaining agreement from the school district to release student data in a timely manner.
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7. Should a budget be included for additional years at the time of application?

Yes, applicants must provide a complete budget summary for each year on ED Form 524 (Budget information—Non-Construction Programs) at the time of application. A narrative must be included that explains the line items included in the budget.

The multi-year budget will be reviewed to ensure that grantees receive funding that is both fair and adequate to the needs of their projects. To be allowable, a cost must:

  • Be necessary and reasonable;
  • Be allocable; and
  • Conform to limitations under relevant Federal statutes and the cost principles.
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8. Does the project have to last four years?

No, funding for the program may be available for projects of up to 48 months. The project need not last for 48 months, if the applicant feels the model development and dissemination can happen in a shorter time period.

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9. What is the range of awards?

Awards are anticipated to range between $450,000 - $550,000 for the 1st year of the project. We anticipate the average award per year will be $500,000.

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10. Is there a matching requirement?

No, there is no matching requirement for this program.

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11. What grade spans does the program support?

The program supports arts in education models targeted to elementary and/or middle school grades. At least one elementary and/or middle school included in the project must have no less than 35 percent of its students from low-income families. See Eligibility question #7.

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