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Grants to Maryland Nonprofit Organizations in Eligible Locations
for Arts Programming and Organizational Support

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Allegany Arts Council (AAC)

Deadline Date:

06/30/21

Description:

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Grants of up to $3,500 to Maryland nonprofit arts organizations in eligible locations for organizational support. Funding is intended to assist with general operational expenses, arts-related programming, and capital improvements. Funded events and programs must be open to the general public. Requests will be accepted from qualifying applicants based in Allegany County.

General Operating Grants support the daily operations of arts agencies, and are intended to fill critical funding gaps which often limit arts organizations in paying professional staff, managing facilities or in pursuing capital improvements.
Applications which address the Allegany Arts Council Strategic Goals will be given special consideration. The goals outline the work of this organization and its grantees.
  1. Promoting awareness, appreciation, and engagement in the arts.
  2. Supporting local artists and arts organizations.
  3. Sustaining Arts Council operations.
  4. Promoting health and well-being through the arts.
  5. Contributing to economic development through the arts. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148877

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of GOG funding that shall be awarded to any single organization in a given fiscal year is $3,500.

Term of Contract:

Funding is for activities occurring July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

General Operating Grants support the daily operations of arts agencies. Requirements are as follows:

- Grantees must be non-profit (or eligible for IRS tax-exempt status), and based in Allegany County with programming and business conducted in Allegany County.
- By-laws must provide that assets do not accrue to any director, officer or member of the organization.
- GOG funds may not be used for fundraising events, or social functions. Note that this is an Allegany Arts Council policy and that the Maryland State Arts Council does not match capital improvement.
- Programs that proselytize for specific political actions or religious beliefs are not eligible for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Funds are generally awarded by by mid-August of each year.

The Arts Council is willing to offer technical assistance to organizations or individuals who have not previously applied for grant funding. To schedule an appointment, please contact staff.

Applicants which have received funding in the previous fiscal year must provide a final, written grant report before new applications will be considered.

In order to stimulate rather than replace community support, a 1:1 cash match is required (i.e., GOG grant funding may not exceed 1/2 of the proposed program budget). Funds from the Maryland State Arts Council are not allowed as part of this match.

Contact Information:

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

To schedule an appointment for technical assistance, please contact art@alleganyarts.org or 301.777.2787.

Allegany Arts Council
9 N. Centre St.
Cumberland, MD 21502

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