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Community Arts Grants

Grants to Dorchester County, Maryland Nonprofits,
Agencies, and IHEs for Arts Programming

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Foundation / Corporation

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Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) and Maryland State Arts Council

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Grants ranging from $100 to $900 to Dorchester County, Maryland nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs to support arts programming benefitting county residents. Eligible disciplines include visual arts, theatre, dance, music, literary arts, film and media arts, folk, traditional, and heritage, arts, and multidisciplinary arts.

The Community Arts Grants program is an effort of the Dorchester Center for the Arts, (DCA) as the designated county Arts Council, to support and expand arts programming throughout the county. These funds, allocated by the Maryland State Arts Council, are intended to encourage arts programming and arts participation across the county.

Evaluation Criteria:

The Community Arts Grants Committee reviews each application according to the following guidelines:

Artistic Merit: The artistic quality of the proposed program.

Organizational Effectiveness: The organization’s ability to develop, fund and implement the proposed activities.

Service to the Community: The degree to which the organization and the project demonstrate a commitment to the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144268

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual grants average $100 - $900, although the DCA has partnered with several organizations in the past to also provide support in-kind through staff support, technical assistance, publicity efforts, exhibit space, printing, etc.

Term of Contract:

Fall 2018 programs may take place between July 30, 2018 – Dec. 31, 2018.

Spring 2019 programs may take place between Jan. 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations receiving funds from the DCA must:

Be located in or producing the program in Dorchester County and be incorporated/organized as a not-for-profit organization or be in the process of 501(c)(3) certification (with documentation) as determined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service(IRS). Units of government, colleges and universities are also eligible to apply.

Comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) which states that no otherwise qualified person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination related to, the arts.

Comply with Title IV, Section 1681, of the Education Amendment of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 6101, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex or age.

Comply with Title VI, Section 601 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that no persons, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination related to, the arts.

Notify the DCA of any inability to complete the program, any major changes in the project or organization’s mission or plans as outlined in the application, and secure approval prior to implementing the changes.

Acknowledge the DCA funding in all promotional materials, advertising programs, and posters. A camera-ready copy of the DCA’s logo and acknowledgment text will be made available.

Upon request, provide up to two complimentary tickets for use by the DCA’s Board of Directors, Grant Committee members or staff for purpose of evaluation.

Keep accurate financial records showing how grant funds were used. These records must be made available to the Grants Committee for review upon request.

Failure to comply with any of these conditions may require the return of the grant funds.


Dorchester Center for the Arts grant funds, including general operating grants, are intended to support arts programming and may not be used for the following purposes: capital campaigns, including purchase, construction, or renovation of a facility, acquisition of permanent equipment, profit making ventures, retirement of existing debt, fundraising events, re-granting funds or scholarships.

Pre-Application Information:

The Fall 2018 deadline is May 1, 2018.

The Spring 2019 deadline is December 1, 2018.

All grant applications will be reviewed by the Community Arts Grant Committee, a body that may be comprised of DCA Board Members, the Executive Director, arts professionals and community representatives.

Your organization will be notified of funding and receive a grant contract within two weeks of the review meeting. Upon receipt of your signed grant contract, you will be sent the payment.

Contact Information:

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

Barbara J. Seese, Executive Director

Dorchester Center for the Arts
321 High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613

(410) 228-7782

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Dorchester County