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Grants to Maryland Individuals
to Preserve Traditional Arts

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Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC)

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Grants to Maryland individuals to support the preservation of traditional artforms. The grant program is intended to support study partnerships between artist-teachers and students from diverse communities. Funding may be used for teaching materials, travel, and compensation for the master's time.

Folklife Apprenticeship grants fund the teaching of skills from a master to a learner artist in folklife, or living cultural traditions. Grants are administered through the Maryland Traditions state folklife program and support activities that identify, document, support, or present the living cultural traditions of Maryland’s diverse communities.

During the study period, a master folklife artist passes down her or his knowledge to a learner in an effort to support the vitality of folklife in Maryland.

Typical apprenticeships focus on but are not limited to:

  • Performance-based forms of folklife
    • Storytelling
    • Music
    • Dance
  • Material forms of folklife
    • Craft
    • Costume
    • Visual traditions 
    • Food
  • Occupational forms of folklife
    • Maritime traditions
    • Agricultural traditions
    • Architectural traditions

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165287

Estimated Size of Grant:

$5000 ($4,000 for the master artist; $1,000 for the learner artist)

Term of Contract:

Funds must be used for expenses occurring between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants who are eligible for Folklife Apprenticeship funds are individuals who have resided in Maryland for at least six months and have a previous connection to folklife. For proposed masters, previous connections to folklife should be demonstrated through vital contributions to a particular living cultural tradition in Maryland. For proposed learners, previous connections to folklife should be demonstrated through some prior experience and a commitment to long-term learning in a particular living cultural tradition in Maryland. Further eligibility guidelines are below.
- Masters must be recognized as such by the members of their community
- Learners must demonstrate basic skills in the proposed course of study
- Learners must demonstrate a commitment to practicing the form of folklife at hand after the conclusion of the Folklife Apprenticeship
- Masters and learners may be relatives
- Folklife Apprenticeship teams must consist of one master and one learner each

Folklife Apprenticeships are given to Maryland-based recipients only. Recipients may represent forms of folklife that have been present in Maryland for many generations, as well as those that have arrived relatively recently.

Pre-Application Information:


- January 2020: Folklife Apprenticeship guidelines are published, and applications become available in SmartSimple
- March 7, 2020: Folklife Apprenticeship applications are due
- June 2020: Review of Folklife Apprenticeship applications by MSAC staff, expert panelists, and Department of Commerce
- July 2020: Applicants notified of status; funds processed for successful grantees
- June 2021: Grantees notified of Final Report deadlines
- September 2021: Final reports due

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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For technical assistance:
Tammy Oppel, Grants Management Associate
Maryland State Arts Council
175 W. Ostend St., Suite E
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

For content and programmatic assistance:
Chad Buterbaugh, State Folklorist
Maryland State Arts Council
175 W. Ostend St., Suite E
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
410.767.6450 (O); 443.469.8239 (C)

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