Grants to Maryland nonprofit arts organizations, schools, libraries, museums, faith-based entities, IHEs, government agencies, and community-based groups in eligible locations to support general operations, arts education, and projects. Funding is intended to help organizations enhance their planned arts programs, project, events, and activities. Eligible applicants are located in and serve Charles County. The program offers four types of grants. General Operations (GO-CAD), Special Projects (SP-CAD), Arts in Education (AIE) for Nonpublic Schools, and AIE for Public Schools.
The goal of the General Operating Grant and the Special Project Grant is to support arts organizations that are providing quality arts programs and services in such categories as:
Arts Service: Supports nonprofit organizations which have a record of providing quality programs and arts services.
Children's Events: Primarily offers artistic experiences to children.
Dance: Primarily produces or presents dance.
Folk Arts/Heritage: Primarily identifies, documents, and/or presents the traditional arts, including folk music, song, storytelling, dance, crafts, architecture, and costume.
Literature: Primarily presents, publishes, or disseminates all literary forms.
Media: Primarily presents or produces works of art in audio and visual media, including animated, documentary, electronically manipulated, experimental, or narrative forms of audio/visual expression.
Multi-Disciplinary: Presents or produces arts events in two or more artistic disciplines, none of which predominate, and interdisciplinary arts activities that combine two or more artistic disciplines.
Music: Primarily produces or presents music.
Theatre: Primarily produces or presents theater.
Visual Arts: Primarily produces or presents the visual arts.
Arts in Education (AIE) Grants are designed to promote, strengthen, and enhance the arts and arts education in Charles County’s elementary and secondary schools. These grants can only be applied towards obtaining quality performances and/or hands-on intensive workshops in the schools by visiting performers, artists, authors, poets, master teachers, and professionals in the areas of music, visual art, drama, dance, and literature for the educational enhancement of youth. The grant can be awarded for a series of performances or workshops (e.g., the PTA, an art teacher, and a music teacher at one school can make a combined proposal for two or more performances/residencies).
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
General Operating Grants (GO) are only available to arts organizations. Arts organizations must:
- Be incorporated in the State of Maryland, and be based in Charles County, MD,
- Have received nonprofit status from the U. S. Internal Revenue Service before March 31, 2021,
- Have operated during the previous fiscal year
- Be governed by a legally liable board of directors, acting under a mission statement and budget specific to the organization
Non-arts organizations (i.e., K-12 schools, units of government, foundations, colleges, religious and civic organizations) cannot apply for a GO Grant. K-12 Schools cannot apply for a GO Grant. Units of government, colleges, religious, and civic organizations cannot apply for a GO Grant.
Eligible applicants for Special Projects Grants are Arts and other nonprofit organizations: foundations, civic groups, libraries, museums, religious organizations, or other community-based groups, colleges/universities, and units of government.
Religious organizations cannot use CCAA Special Project funding for activities that are intended for religious purposes. College or university departments are not eligible to apply for a grant if another department of the same college or university has already applied for or received a grant during the same fiscal year.