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Grants to Maryland Arts and Humanities Nonprofits in Eligible Counties for Operating Expenses


Geographic Focus

USA: Maryland: Montgomery County

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General Operating Support Grants Level II (GOS II)

Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #139554

Grant Description

Grants to Maryland nonprofit arts and humanities organizations and divisions in eligible counties for general operating expenses. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to promote financial stability, build capacity, and encourage the community partnerships of arts and humanities organizations located in and serving Montgomery County.

Grant awards support organizations that work in a wide array of arts and humanities disciplines including performing arts, media arts, visual arts, literary arts, folk and traditional arts, history, and philosophy.

General operating support is defined as support for day-to-day operating costs to further the general mission or work of an organization rather than for a specific project.

By awarding General Operating Support II Grants, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) seeks to:

  • Encourage organizations to maintain an active, two-way, ongoing relationship with the community in the planning, participation, and evaluation of public activities, which include intentional strategies for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA);
  • Promote stability in arts and humanities organizations by providing a base of funding to support operating budgets;
  • Help ensure diverse arts and humanities experiences for constituents of Montgomery County, MD;
  • Stimulate local support and involvement in the arts and humanities, including volunteer participation, audience development, and financial contributions;
  • Strengthen the scholarly and artistic capabilities of arts and humanities organizations; and
  • Improve and/or stabilize the management infrastructure and effectiveness of arts and humanities organizations.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to nonprofit arts and humanities organizations that had both cash operating expenses and cash operating income of more than $150,000 during its most recently completed fiscal year. Grants are also available for an arts and/or humanities division within an umbrella nonprofit organization, provided that the division’s cash operating expenses and cash operating income were more than $150,000 during the most recently completed fiscal year.

GOS II applicants may not apply for a General Operating Support I Grant or Programming & Capacity Building Project Grant within the same fiscal year.

For detailed eligibility requirements, see the following link:

Non-allowable cash operating revenue includes, but is not limited to:
• Unrealized gains or losses
• Investment revenues (interest and dividends)
• In-kind donations
• Revenue raised for capital
• Funds intended for re-granting

Non-allowable cash operating expenses include, but are not limited to:
• Investment Fees
• Interest Expenses
• Re-granting
• Capital improvement expenses/other related costs
• Depreciation
• Loan principal payments
• In-kind donations
• Bad debt

Pre-Application Information:

- Letter of Intent Deadline: Friday, February 4, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
- Application Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Grant award announcements will occur in June 2022.

First-time applicants are highly encouraged to contact Grants Program staff.

Grantees must provide a cash match for the GOS II Grant request of one dollar for every dollar of grant
funds awarded.

Personal appointments are available for those who are unable to attend a webinar or a workshop or who need additional assistance. These appointments are available for assistance with both the content of the application and/or assistance with the online grant application system. Consultation services in languages other than English are available by appointment. Personal appointments must be held at least two weeks prior to the application deadline. To schedule an appointment, contact Karen Judson, Grants Program Manager.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards cannot exceed $600,000.

Term of Contract:

Applications will be accepted for activities occurring between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2024.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

Karen Judson, Grants Program Manager
(301) 565-3804

Takenya Laviscount, Senior Grants Program Manager

Ana-Alicia Feng, Grants Program Coordinator
301-565-3805 X 21

Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
801 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
T: 301-565-3805
F: 301-565-3809

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