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Grants to Maryland Arts and Cultural Nonprofits in Eligible Regions to Support Ongoing Arts Activities

Community Arts Grant (CAG) - Founding Grant


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Funding Source
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland: Anne Arundel County

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/15/23 Midnight Save

Grant Description
Grants to Maryland arts and cultural nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to support ongoing local arts activities. Funding is intended for applicants that produce and/or present public arts programming. The purpose of funding is to enhance arts and cultural offerings in Anne Arundel County.

The Community Arts Grant (CAG) is the Foundation's keystone funding program that provides general operating support to nonprofit art organizations that provide programming to the residents of Anne Arundel County. In an effort to promote equity among organizations of different sizes, the CAG application has been divided into three tiers for FY24:

  • CAG Tier I: for organizations with an annual operating budget of up to $100,000
  • CAG Tier II: for organizations with an annual operating budget of between $100,000 - $750,000
  • CAG Tier III: for organizations with an annual operating budget of more than $750,000

The key objectives of the Community Arts Grant program are to:

  • Foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in arts offerings for all Anne Arundel County residents, regardless of age, geographic location, race, ethnicity, country of origin, or other characteristic;
  • Broaden opportunities for Anne Arundel County audiences, artists, and arts organizations;
  • Increase the availability of arts activities and programs for all local residents; and
  • Promote countywide awareness of arts resources and opportunities.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Founding Grants are Community Arts Grants to to 501(c)(3) arts organizations that are based in and provide programming in Anne Arundel County.

Founding Grants are for nonprofits that have not previously received Community Arts Grant funding.

In order to be eligible, all organizations must:
1. Produce or present the arts through public programming in Anne Arundel County.
2. Be incorporated in Anne Arundel County as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or have significant physical presence in Anne Arundel County.
3. Have operated as an arts organization or arts program for one full fiscal year and be able to submit a financial statement for their most recently completed fiscal year.
4. Establish that the majority of the arts activities it produces and/or presents take place in Anne Arundel County and that most annual expenditures of the organization and its art programming are devoted to activities that occur within the county.
5. Be governed by a legally-liable board of directors acting under a mission statement and budget specific to the organization.
6. Be able to document current Good Standing Status with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation at the time of application.
7. Public, private, and charter K-12 schools, and pre-schools are not eligible to apply. Schools should refer to the Arts in Education Grants for funding opportunities.

Pre-Application Information
- Grant application cycle opens April 15, 2023 for all tiers.
- Grant application period closes May 15, 2023 at midnight. Applications must be completed online through the ACAAC’s Submittable Page
- Arts Council award letters will be sent to recipients on or before July 15, 2023.
- Contracts will be sent to recipient organizations and signed through DocuSign.
- The first grant payment of 50% will be made by ACH transfer on or before October 15, 2023.
- Interim reports are due by February 29, 2024.
- Contingent upon receipt and acceptance of the interim report, the payment of the balance of the award (50%) will be made by ACH transfer on or before March 15, 2024.
- Final reports are due by August 31, 2024.

Estimated Size of Grant
Founding Grants are capped at $2,500.

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