The Linwood Center, an Ellicott City school for students with autism and related developmental disorders, has been awarded a $4,000 grant for its fine art program.

The grant, from the Mockingbird Foundation, will go toward the purchase of musical instruments. The Mockingbird Foundation is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization founded by fans of the rock band Phish. Established in 1997, the Mockingbird Foundation has awarded more than $700,000 and 241 grants to support music education.

The foundation received more than 1,300 inquiries for funds. The Linwood Center is one of 10 awardees nationwide.

With construction under way on a new, 36,000-square-foot school building in Ellicott City, Linwood will soon house a state-of-the-art educational program. The new building will allow the school to accept students with more challenging autism spectrum disorders, and more K-12 students with will less severe forms of autism.