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Community Arts Development (CAD) Grants

Grants to Maryland Arts Councils, Agencies, and
IHEs to Support Artists and Promote Local Arts Activity

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Maryland State Arts Council

Deadline Date:

01/31/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Maryland arts councils, agencies, and IHEs to establish a strong connection to artists, arts organizations, and audiences throughout the State. Funding is intended to encourage local arts activity, and provide funding for the arts on the local level. Funds are used for a variety of programming in each county.

County arts councils fulfill the purpose of the CAD Program by providing financial and technical support to artists, arts organizations, and arts programs within the county; encouraging and supporting local arts activity; and advocating for the arts in each local jurisdiction. Funds are awarded at the beginning of each fiscal year, upon evaluation and acceptance of the county arts council’s CAD application.

All county arts councils must use a minimum of $2,000 of CAD funds for Artists-in-Education (AiE) programming. CAD AiE funds should be used to support high quality artists or arts organizations in their efforts to provide arts experiences for students. MSAC/AiE funding is restricted to programs offered by Maryland artists or organizations in Maryland schools and community based settings.

CAD funding may also be used for:
- Local arts programming
- Services to local artists and local arts organizations
- Grants to local individual artists
- Operating expenses of the county arts council (up to 60 percent of MSAC funds may be used for this purpose)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146654

Term of Contract:

The support period runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Arts Development (CAD) Program provides funds and technical assistance to county arts councils. The Maryland State Arts Council defines county arts councils as the officially designated arts agencies of the 23 counties of Maryland and Baltimore City.

To be eligible to apply for CAD funds, the county arts council must be designated by the county government as the official arts council for the county. If the county arts council is not a branch of the county/city government, it must be registered as a not-for-profit corporation in Maryland exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Units of government, colleges, and universities are also eligible to apply.

All county arts councils must make grants to local organizations in their county to support arts activities within the support period. In order to meet the needs of the local arts community, grants to local organizations must be announced, processed, adjudicated, and disbursed prior to the end of the support period.

CAD funds may not be used for:
- Activities not open to the general public
- Operating grants to organizations outside of the county
- Grants to organizations for non-arts programming or projects
- Projects, performances, and activities that are part of school curricula

Pre-Application Information:

All CAD applications must be completed in eGrant and submitted successfully no later than 5:00 PM on January 31, 2019.

Matching Requirements: CAD funds must be matched at least one to one in cash from any non-Maryland state source. In-kind services may be identified in the application form but may not be used as part of the match.

Three-year Application Cycle: MSAC has implemented a three-year application cycle for the CAD Program. A recommendation for the three-year application cycle is dependent on the evaluation of the application. County arts councils in a state of programmatic, financial, or administrative transition are more likely to be recommended for a one-year application cycle. County arts councils that receive consistently favorable reviews are more likely to be recommended for a three-year application cycle. County arts councils will be notified in writing regarding their approval for either the one-year or three-year application cycle.

The full Council meets in early June to reach funding decisions. The Council’s decisions are forwarded to the Department for review, analysis, and final approval by the Secretary of Commerce or his/her designee by July 1. All applicants are notified in writing of the Council’s decision when final approval is obtained.

Contact Information:

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

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Maryland State Arts Council
175 W. Ostend Street, Suite E
Baltimore, MD 21230

Voice: 410-767-6555
Fax: 410-333-1062

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