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Maryland Traditions Project Grants

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies for Research and
Projects Related to the Preservation and Presentation of Cultural Traditions

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Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC)

Deadline Date:

02/15/19 5:00 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations, colleges, universities, and units of government for research and programming to document and present traditional folklife. Projects can be performed by community scholars, professionals, organizations, and artists.

Project Grants support short-term research and programming focused on folklife, or living cultural traditions. Successful Project Grants fund the project-based activities of professionals, community scholars, organizations, and artists as they identify, document, support, and present Maryland folklife. Project Grants do not support operational expenses or provide sustaining funding for long-term folklife programming.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167639

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request between $1,000 and $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Grant funds must be used for direct project expenses occurring between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Project Grant applicants are nonprofit organizations, as well as colleges, universities, and units of government. Nonprofit organizations must have been both incorporated as such in Maryland and received tax exempt status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service by July 1, 2018. Colleges, universities, and units of government are exempt from this requirement but must provide evidence of their legal status with their application materials.

All applicants must have operated for one full fiscal year prior to the date of application. In addition, eligible applicants must comply with the following legislation: Title VI, Section 601, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Failure to comply with this legislation will compromise eligibility and could require the organization to return disbursed fundsto MSAC.

Successful grantees must maintain complete and accurate records of all activities connected with the grant, file a final report after the granting period and in accordance with deadlines provided by Maryland Traditions at that time, credit Maryland Traditions and MSAC wherever credit is being given, and notify Maryland Traditions directly if a significant change is made to the project during the funding period. Failure to adhere to these guidelines will compromise eligibility and could require the organization to return disbursed funds to MSAC.

Finally, proposed projects between two or more organizations are eligible, as long as a single nonprofit organization completes and submits the application on behalf of the partnership.

Funds may not be used for capital improvements, acquisition of capital assets, activities for the exclusive benefit of an organization’s membership, travel outside Maryland, deficits, loan principal payments, contributions to endowments, academic conferences, scholarships, or folklife programming taking place beyond the granting period.

Organizations may receive or partner in one Project Grant per fiscal year. Organizations already receiving Grants for Organizations (GFO) funding from MSAC may apply for or partner in a Project Grant application, but the proposed project must be a new initiative distinct from the organization’s ongoing folklife activities.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019, 5 p.m. EST. Project Grant applications must be submitted through eGrant, the online system that MSAC uses to manage many of its grants and awards.

Applicants must provide a matching amount from another source. In-kind expenses (e.g., donated space, supplies, and volunteer services) are permitted but must total no more than twenty-five percent of the project budget.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Dana Parsons, Director of Grants & Professional Development
410.767.6557 (O)

Chad Edward Buterbaugh, Maryland Traditions Director
410.767.6450 (O)
443.469.8239 (C)

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

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