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Arts, Music & Instructional Materials FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers regarding the Arts, Music and Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grant.

Funding Calculations and Apportionment of Funds

  1. How much is available for the Arts, Music, and Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grant?

    An appropriation just over $3.56 billion is provided by Section 134 of Assembly Bill (AB) 181 (Chapter 52, Statutes of 2022), as amended by Section 56 of AB 185 (Chapter 571, Statutes of 2022).

  2. Who is eligible to receive funds from the Arts, Music, and Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grant?

    School districts, county offices of education, charter schools, and state special schools.

  3. How will the Arts, Music, and Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grant funding be calculated?

    Funds are allocated proportionally to county offices of education, school districts, charter schools and the state special schools based on an equal amount per unit of average daily attendance (ADA) for grades kindergarten through grade 12, as those numbers were reported as of the 2021-22 second principal apportionment. The ADA for each state special school shall be deemed to be 97 percent of the enrollment as reported in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System as of the 2021-22 Fall 1 Submission. The calculated funding rate per unit of ADA is approximately $666.08 ($666.07608531901).

    Allocations for eligible local educational agencies and state special schools are available on the Arts, Music, and Instructional Materials funding results page.

  4. When can local educational agencies (LEAs) expect to receive the Arts, Music, and Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grant funds?

    The California Department of Education (CDE) plans to release funds in two equal payments, the first in December 2022, and the second in Spring 2023.

  5. Where can I find more information on the Arts, Music, and Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grant?

    Language governing the allocation and use of the Arts, Music, and Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grant may be found in Section 134 of Assembly Bill (AB) 181 (Chapter 52, Statutes of 2022) as amended by AB 185 (Chapter 571, Statutes of 2022). Additional information is available on the Arts, Music, and Instructional Materials web page.

  6. What is the Standardized Account Code Structure (SACS) code for the Arts, Music, and Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grant?

    SACS Resource Code 6762, Arts, Music, and Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grant.

  7. How long do local educational agencies (LEAs) and state special school have to spend the Arts, Music, and Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grant?

    An LEA or state special school may expend or encumber funds through the 2025–26 fiscal year.

  8. What are the allowable uses of the Arts, Music, and Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grant?
    Pursuant to Section 134(a) of Assembly Bill (AB) 181 (Chapter 52, Statutes of 2022) as amended by Section 56 of AB 185 (Chapter 571, Statutes of 2022), funds are available to:
    1. Obtain standards-aligned professional development and instructional materials, in the following subject areas:
      1. Visual and performing arts
      2. World languages
      3. Mathematics
      4. Science, including environmental literacy
      5. English language arts, including early literacy
      6. Ethnic studies
      7. Financial literacy, including the content specified in Section 51284.5 of the California Education Code
      8. Media Literacy
      9. Computer Science
      10. History-social science
    2. Obtain instructional materials and professional development aligned to best practices for improving school climate, including training on de-escalation and restorative justice strategies, asset-based pedagogies, antibias, transformative social-emotional learning, media literacy, digital literacy, physical education, and learning through play.
    3. Develop diverse book collections and obtain culturally relevant texts, including leveled texts, in both English and pupils’ home languages, to support pupils’ independent reading. It is the intent of the Legislature that these book collections and culturally relevant texts be used to provide support for pupils through the establishment of site-based school and classroom libraries that are culturally relevant to pupils’ home and community experiences and be available in English, pupils’ home language, or a combination of more than one language.
    4. Operational costs, including but not limited, to retirement and health care cost increases.
    5. As related to the COVID-19 pandemic, acquire personal protective equipment, masks, cleaning supplies, COVID-19 tests, ventilation upgrades, and other similar expenditures, if they are necessary to keep pupils and staff safe from COVID-19 and schools open for in-person instruction.


    Pursuant to Section 134(c), local educational agencies are encouraged, but not required, to proportionally use resources received pursuant to this section for the purposes noted in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of Section 134(a) and to support arts and music education programs.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, October 7, 2022
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