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Maryland State Arts Council

Deadline Date:

01/19/11 5:00 PM


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Grants up to $1000 are available to produce and present arts activities for communities serving people who by virtue of their age, income, locale, physical ability, or any other characteristic, have fewer opportunities to participate in programs available to the general public. Community-based not-for-profit organizations in Maryland are eligible to apply for funding for arts activities that will take place in Maryland. Funds will support single projects as well as ongoing projects and programs. These projects and programs must be open to the public and accessible to persons with disabilities. General operating support is not available through this grant.

Funds may be used for:
• Paying artists, technicians, and individuals who coordinate arts activities
• Renting equipment needed for performances or exhibits
• Renting space needed for performances or exhibits
• Purchasing supplies or materials
• Publicizing arts events

Funds may NOT be used for:
• Presentation of children’s (under the age of 18) artwork (including, but not limited to, dance performances, theatrical productions, art exhibitions, musical concerts, literary creation or presentation); artist workshops for children are allowed
• Programs/projects that are primarily for the benefit of students enrolled in a particular school or members of an organization (Exception: special needs school or organization)
• Programs/projects that are part of the regular school curriculum
• Purchase of or improvement to buildings
• Purchase of permanent equipment
• Activities that are primarily religious in nature
• Activities that are not open to the public or accessible to persons with disabilities
• Newsletters
• Conferences
• Travel out of state
• Organizations that fundraise with the purpose of turning over profits to a current MSAC grantee
• Support of fundraising, the profits of which will be used for a non-arts project or purpose
• Support of fundraising, the profits of which will be donated to a for-profit entity
• Regranting
• Lectures
• Scholarships
• Website start-up or design
• Formation of a school, church or community band

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 124100

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Term of Contract:

1 Year


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Must be incorporated in Maryland as a not for profit
Organizations that have been denied a grant in MSAC’s Grants for Organizations program
arts organizations
after-school programs
civic groups
religious organizations
social clubs

More than one department of the same university or college
County arts councils

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations may submit only one application per deadline and may receive only one AiC grant per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Application Submission
 Officially postmark the completed application before midnight on the deadline or
 Successfully submit the completed application via eGRANT ( before 5:00 PM on the deadline or
 Deliver the completed application to the Arts Council’s offices no later than 5:00 PM on the deadline.

Applicants who submit via eGRANT must submit a paper version of the application and all supplementary materials postmarked before midnight on: JANUARY 26, 2011

Projects must begin or take place between:
April 1, 2011 and June 30, 2011

Mail the completed Intent to Apply Form (part of application downloadable below) by January 5, 2011 (requested but not mandatory) to:
Arts in Communities Program
Maryland State Arts Council
175 W. Ostend Street, Suite E
Baltimore, MD 21230
Fax the completed Intent to Apply Form to:

Matching Requirements
Grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar from donations, ticket sales, grants or contributions from businesses or non-state government agencies, and/or the applicant organization’s cash contribution. In-kind/donated goods or services may not represent more than 25 percent of the total budget.

Funds from other Maryland state government sources cannot be used to match a MSAC grant.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Shirley Howard
Program Director
phone: 410-767-6542

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland