Fine Arts Initiative Grant (FY23)

The purpose of the grant funding is to expand programs in the five arts disciplines (defined as dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts) and ensure that all students have access to arts programming aligned to the state standards and aligned to LEA goals for fine arts. Each LEA is required to provide an instructional program in fine arts each year for all students in grades pre-kindergarten—8. Within the pre-kindergarten—5 grade span, students shall have experiences in the fine art forms of dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts. Within grades 6—8, students may specialize in one or more of the fine art forms, and the LEA must provide an instructional program that enables all students in grades 9—12 to meet graduation requirements, and to select from among fine arts elective courses that will prepare them for postsecondary education and careers.

Customer Service Support Sessions 

The MSDE will hold two customer service support sessions for interested applicants on October 11th at 10:00 a.m. and October 19th at 1:00 p.m. During these sessions, MSDE personnel will provide an overview of the program requirements and the application process. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation will be posted on the MSDE Fine Arts page and the MSDE grants page of 


If you have questions about the application or the process, please contact the Program Monitors:
Susan Spinnato
Director of Instructional Programs

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers will be posted to the MSDE website following customer service support sessions.

When will the application be open?

Friday, September 30, 2022

Application Submission Date:

October 31, 2022 by 5 p.m. EST