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FY 2021 Community Arts Development (CAD) Grants Program

Grants to Maryland Arts Nonprofits
to Support Organizational Operations

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

11/06/20 12:00 Noon - Received


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Grants to Maryland nonprofit arts organizations in eligible locations to support general operations. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to a full application. Funding is intended for organizations that provide quality arts programs and services to the communities of Charles County.

Grants are reviewed on the basis of three main criteria:
  • Artistic merit
  • Fiscal accountability
  • Service to the community

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160626

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding amounts are based upon operating cash expenses for the fiscal year in which they are requested.

Term of Contract:

Grant Support Period: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

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, 2019,
- 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

General Operating Grant (GO) funds may not be used for:
- Support of capital improvements or purchases of equipment
- Activities for the exclusive benefit of an organization's members
- Activities that are chiefly recreational, therapeutic, or rehabilitative
- Fundraising activities of any kind
- Travel outside Maryland
- Activities not open to the general public
- Funding amounts are based upon operating cash expenses for the fiscal year in which they are requested.

Not allowable as operating expenses:
- Acquisition of capital assets
- Allocations to cash reserves
- Capital improvements
- Deficits
- Capital debt reduction
- Contributions to endowments

Not allowable as operating income:
- Loans
- Carryover
- Transfer of funds earned in prior years

Pre-Application Information:

- August 21, 2020 – FY 2021 CAD Letter of Intent form posted to CCAA website.
- September 11, 2020 – Deadline for CAD Letter of Intent. Submit via email.
- September 25, 2020 – FY 2021 CAD Grant cycle opens. Applications posted to CCAA website.
- November 6, 2020 – All CAD grant applications received (not postmarked) in the CCAA Office by noon.
- November 21, 2020 – CCAA Grant Committee meets to review the grant applications.
- First week of December – Notification letters, Grant Agreements, Funds Distribution Dates sent out to all grant recipients.

All General Operating Grants (GO) must be matched with expenses in cash of at least:
- 1:1 match – for grant requests from $0 to $3,000. Example: $1,000 grant request must be matched with $1,000 in organizational funds for a total program expense of $2,000.
- 2:1 match – for grant requests between $3,001 and $6,000. Example: $4,000 grant request must be matched with $8,000 in organizational funds for a total program expense of $12,000.
- All General Operating Grants must reflect the matching money requirements in their final report or return the difference to the CCAA in a check attached to the Final Report Form by the stated July 21, 2021, deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Submit Letter of Intent by email to:

Office Address:
Charles County Arts Alliance, Inc.
United Way Building
10250 La Plata Road
La Plata, MD 20646

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Charles County


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