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Advancement Grants for Arts and Humanities Organizations

Grants to Montgomery County, Maryland Arts and
Humanities Nonprofits for Organizational Development

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Foundation / Corporation

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Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

Deadline Date:

02/08/19 11:59 PM


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Montgomery County, Maryland nonprofit arts and humanities organizations for projects that promote long-term organizational stability. Funding is intended to support art organizations that work in a variety of fields including performing arts, media arts, visual arts, literary arts, folk, and traditional arts. Grants also provide funding for the humanities, including history, literature, and philosophy. First-time applicants should contact AHCMC grants staff.

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

By providing Advancement Grants, AHCMC aims to:
- Assist arts and humanities organizations in maintaining fiscal stability and long-term viability; and
- Support arts and humanities organizations in their long-term planning, planning for capital improvement projects, and technology improvements critical to their mission

To be eligible, the Advancement Grant proposal must meet the following requirements:
- Contributes to the organization’s fiscal stability and long-term viability;
- Addresses long-term planning, planning for capital improvement projects, or technology improvements critical to an organization’s arts or humanities mission.

Examples of eligible proposals include, but are not limited to:
- Purchase of equipment or software intended to upgrade the organization’s technological capacity or management efficiency
- Board or staff training, in an area such as financial management
- Creation of a long-term business plan
- Studies and plans related to new and replacement machinery, research and development and the production of new services, and other major capital expenditures. This is also called investment appraisal, or capital budgeting.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139555

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award amounts for Advancement Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Applications will be accepted for projects occurring from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to non-profit arts and humanities organizations located in Montgomery County, MD. Eligible applicants have met all of the criteria for the previous three consecutive fiscal years. These requirements must be met prior to the application deadline:

The applicant’s mission includes the exhibition, presentation, production or performance of the arts / humanities; and/or the applicant’s mission includes educating the public about the arts and/or humanities; and /or the applicant provides support services to artists and/or scholars and/or humanities organizations.

The applicant has a balanced budget and annual documented cash operating expenses of no less than $50,000.

The applicant demonstrates 501(c)(3) status through one of the following ways:
- The applicant has IRS code 501(c)(3) status;
- The applicant operates as a specific arts and/or humanities entity or division within a larger 501(c)(3) organization whose primary mission is not arts or humanities based; or
- The applicant has a Montgomery County-based fiscal sponsor1 with current 501(c)(3) status, whose primary mission is not arts and/or humanities based. The fiscal sponsor has been a non-profit entity in Montgomery County for at least the previous three consecutive fiscal years.

The applicant has its principal office in Montgomery County, as demonstrated by the address included in the IRS Letter of Determination.

The applicant is governed by an independent, legally liable Board of Directors operating under a mission statement for the organization, and an operating budget specific to the organization.

The applicant has at least one part-time paid employee to support the organization’s Board, comply with the grant requirement, and maintain ongoing programming.

The applicant has at least 40% of its board members reside and/or work in Montgomery County as of the grant application deadline.

The applicant offers at least 50% of its programs and services in Montgomery County, as demonstrated by previous, current, and projected activities/programming.

The applicant has met all requirements for any grant(s) received from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County in prior years.

The applicant is in good standing with AHCMC and has paid all constituent service fees (marketPower and Culture Spot payments have been fulfilled)

Applicants cannot receive more than two-years of consecutive funding.

For Budget Eligibility requirments see:

Advancement Grants will not fund:
- General Operating Expenses;
- Purchase of real property, including land, buildings, warehouses, offices, and anything affixed to the land;
- Scholarships or tuition assistance awarded by the organization;
- 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; and
- Travel outside the United States

Pre-proposal Conference:

AHCMC will conduct free grant preparation webinars and workshops to instruct prospective applicants on how to complete grant applications. While attendance is not required, AHCMC strongly encourages all potential applicants to attend workshops or webinars, even if the applicant has applied under this grant category previously. Whether or not an applicant attends a webinar or a workshop will not be a factor in evaluating the application.

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Pre-Application Information:

FY20 Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019 - 11:59 p.m.

First-time applicants should contact grants program staff. The grant award announcement will occur in June 2019.

An organization may apply for only one Advancement Grant each year. Each applicant can only request funding for one project.

Organizations applying for more than $25,000 MUST submit their FY18 audit. For audit eligibility requirements see:

Matching Requirements:
To be eligible, the applicant must provide a cash match for the Advancement Grant request of one dollar for every dollar of grant funds awarded.
- Sources of the matching funds may include gifts from new donors and increased gifts from current donors.
- At least 50% of the cash match must be from donors that are new to the applicant or gift increases from current donors. Donors who have not given before June 30, 2018 are considered new donors. Applicants must submit documentation explaining the gifts from new donors and gifts increases from current donors.
- Except as restricted below, the remaining 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;
- Any earned revenue from County government; or
- Grants or appropriations from County government sources.

Personal appointments are available for those who need assistance, but cannot attend a webinar or a workshop. Appointments are available for assistance with the content of the application and/or 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.

Applications cannot be emailed, delivered in person, faxed or submitted in any fashion other than the online grants system.


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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Takenya LaViscount, Senior Grants Program Manager
301-565-3805 x 26

801 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
T: 301-565-3805
F: 301-565-3809

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USA: Maryland: Montgomery County