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General Operating Support Grants to Large Arts and Humanities Organizations

Grants to Montgomery County, Maryland Arts and
Humanities Nonprofits for Operating Expenses

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Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

Conf. Date:

02/25/19

LOI Date:

02/15/19

Deadline Date:

03/08/19 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to Montgomery County, Maryland arts and humanities nonprofit organizations for general operating support. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to promote stability, diversity, artistic and scholastic capabilities, and community involvement in local arts organizations. First-time applicants should contact Grants Program staff.

AHCMC encourages proposals submitted by African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) arts and humanities organizations.

Purpose:
Through General Operating Support Grants for Large Arts and Humanities Organizations, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) seeks to:
- Promote stability in arts and humanities organizations by providing a base of funding to support their operating budgets;
- Help ensure diverse arts and humanities experiences for residents of Montgomery County;
- 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.

For a list of eligible expenses, see the RFP:
http://www.creativemoco.com/sites/default/myfiles/FY20%20Large%20Organizations%20General%20Opperating%20Guidelines.pdf#page=13

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139554

Term of Contract:

Grants for FY20 will be awarded for activities occurring from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

General Operating Support Grants for Large Arts and Humanities Organizations 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 also are 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.

Organization Eligibility Requirements:

An organization is eligible to apply for FY20 General Operating Support Grants for Large Arts and Humanities Organizations if it is not applying in any other AHCMC grant category, with the exception of the Advancement Grants or Capital Improvement Grants, and if the applicant qualifies as (A.) a Core Arts or Humanities Organization, (B.) an Affiliate Arts or Humanities Organization, or (C.) an Associate Arts or Humanities Organization, as these terms are defined in the RFP.

For a detailed list of the criteria required for an organization to qualify as (A), (B), or (C) above, see: http://www.creativemoco.com/sites/default/myfiles/FY20%20Large%20Organizations%20General%20Opperating%20Guidelines.pdf#page=3

General Operating Support Grants will not fund:
- Capital improvements, construction or renovation projects;
- Research;
- Purchase of real property, including land, building, warehouses, offices and anything affixed to the land;
- Scholarships or tuition assistance awarded by the organization for its own activities;
- Costs of receptions, refreshments or food;
- Cost of merchandise such as T-shirts;
- Debt retirement;
- Political advocacy, or activities that support or promote the interests of any one political party;
- Activities for the exclusive benefit of an organization’s members;
- Travel outside the country; and
- Purchase of physical assets, such as a computer or an artifact for a museum

Pre-proposal Conference:

FY19 AHCMC Grant Webinars and Workshops - Webinars and workshops are approximately 1 hour long.

Webinars: Instructions on how to join the webinar will be sent the day of the webinar.
Workshops: All workshops take place at AHCMC office, 801 Ellsworth Drive Silver Spring MD 20910.

General Operating Support for Large Organizations
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fy20-general-operating-support-for-large-organizations-workshop-webinar-tickets-55527217402

General Operating Support for Large Organizations
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 4 p.m.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fy20-general-operating-support-for-large-organizations-workshop-webinar-tickets-55527217402

More details can be found here: http://creativemoco.com/grants/workshops

Pre-Application Information:

First-time applicants should contact Grants Program staff.

Submission Deadlines:
Letter of Intent: Friday, February 15, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.
Application: Friday, March 8, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

Letter of Intent:
All organizations planning to apply for General Operating Support Grants for Large Arts and Humanities Organizations must submit a Letter of Intent through AHCMC’s online grant application system no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, February 15, 2019.

Letters of Intent, Applications, and Support Materials must be submitted online. The grant award announcement will occur in June 2019.

Matching Requirements:
- The applicant must provide a cash match for the General Operating Support Grant of one dollar for every dollar of grant funds awarded.
- Except as restricted below, the match may be from any source, including reserves, ticket sales, tuition, or state and federal grants.
- The match may not include:
- In-kind contributions or donated services;
- Earned revenue from County government;
- Grants or appropriations from County government sources.

Personal appointments are available for assistance with both the content of the application and/or assistance with the online grant application system. Personal appointments must be held at least two weeks prior to the application deadline. To schedule an appointment, contact Takenya LaViscount, Senior Grants Program Manager.

FAQ: http://creativemoco.com/grants/faq

About grantmaking: http://creativemoco.com/Grantmaking

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: http://artsandhumanities.fluidreview.com

Takenya Laviscount, Senior Grants Program Manager
takenya.laviscount@creativemoco.com
240-839-4519

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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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Montgomery County