The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to providing leadership in arts education. The arts are an essential component of education. All children, not only those with specific artistic talent, benefit from an education in the arts, including opportunities to create, perform, and communicate through various artistic media.
The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Education Programs seeks to improve humanities education at schools and colleges. Through its programs devoted to teachers and their students, the Division strives to cultivate intellectual curiosity so that students can deepen their reflections on human experience; increase their understanding of different cultures and societies, past and present; and achieve the knowledge and wisdom necessary for democratic citizenship.
The 2011 Guide to Programs and Opportunities [PDF] provides a general overview of all of the grant programs that Institute of Museum and Library Services sponsors.
The U.S. Department of Education awards a variety of discretionary grants to organizations, agencies, and individuals through a competitive process. Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements can apply.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention offers funding opportunities for youth-based organizations..