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Community Arts Development (CAD) Grant

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, Agencies, and
IHEs for Local Arts and Culture Programs

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Frederick Arts Council (FAC)

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09/10/21 Midnight


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Grants to Maryland nonprofit arts organizations, government agencies, and institutions of higher education in eligible areas to enhance local arts and culture programs. Programs must benefit local residents and be open to the general public. Arts programs should promote participation in and appreciation of the arts and may include the areas of dance, music, theater, visual arts, folk/traditional/heritage arts, literary arts/literature, media arts/film, or multi-discipline. Programs must take place within Frederick County.

There are two pools of Community Arts Development grant funding. An organization should only apply for only one:

  1. Arts organizations should apply for a General Operating Grant.
  2. Non-arts organizations that present arts programming should apply for an Arts Project Grant. This includes post-secondary academic institutions and governmental bodies. Arts Project Grants support special arts activities produced or presented for general audiences that are not part of an organization’s ongoing activities.

The Frederick Arts Council CAD Grant Committee will consider the following factors when evaluating applications:

  • Artistic Merit: The artistic quality of the arts activities produced or presented by the organization, including qualifications of the engaged artists and the organizational leaders.
  • Organizational Effectiveness: The organization’s ability to develop, fund, and implement proposed activities. Financial need will also be taken into consideration, as well as adherence to previous funding requirements.
  • Service to the Community: The degree to which an organization’s operations and activities demonstrate an understanding of and responsiveness to the community. Included in this criterion is the level of partnership with the Frederick Arts Council and other constituencies in the community. Description of expected outcomes in the application will help to demonstrate service to the community. Organizations and projects assisting all economic levels of the community through financial aid, free or reduced ticket prices, and other means will be given priority.

For a list of eligible expenses, see page 4 of the applications for both types of grants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174856

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Number of Grants:

20 organizations

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding limits for General Operating Grants are based on the organization’s total operating budget:
- 15% for small organizations (less than $25,000 budget)
- 10% for mid-size organizations ($25,000 - $100,000 budget)
- 5% for large organizations (greater than $100,000 budget)

Term of Contract:

All arts activities must occur during the 2022 fiscal year (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit arts organizations and other nonprofit community organizations interested in conducting arts programming may apply annually for general operating or project support.

Organizations receiving funds must be located in Frederick County and be incorporated/organized as a not-for-profit organization or be in the process of 501(c)(3) certification as determined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Units of government, colleges, and universities are also eligible to apply.

Public or private schools (K-12) and any affiliated entities are not eligible for these grants.

Grant funds are intended to support arts programming and may not be used for the following purposes: capital campaigns, including purchase, construction, or renovation of a facility, acquisition of permanent equipment, profit-making ventures, retirement of existing debt, out of county travel, fundraising events, re-granting funds, or scholarships.

Non-Allowable Expenses:
- Capital: Acquisitions: Expenses for additions to a collection such as works of art, artifacts or historic documents
- Capital: Other: Expenses for the purchase of buildings or real estate (including mortgage payments), renovations or improvements involving structural change, payments for roads, driveways, or parking lots, permanent and generally immobile equipment such as grid systems, or central air conditioning, etc; and all other capital assets
- Other: Re-granting, depreciation, loan principal payments, deficit reduction, out-of-county travel, contributions to endowments and/or cash reserves, scholarships awarded by the applicant organization for its own activities, or other expenses not included in eligible expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant application deadline is Friday, September 10, 2021 by midnight.

Awards are given out in two segments: 50% of grant award will be granted in the fall and the remaining 50% is typically sent out in the spring.

A site visit for evaluation purposes may be made by a member of the Frederick Arts Council’s CAD Grant Committee.

Arts Project Grant funds must be matched 1:1 with other funds (excluding MSAC or FAC support). Expenses not directly related to the arts program/project should not be included in the application.

Contact Information:

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

Online application for Arts Organizations:

Online application for Non-Arts Organizations:

Please contact Louise Kennelly, FAC Executive Director, via email at or call (301) 662-4190 for further assistance.

Frederick Arts Council
11 West Patrick Street, Suite 201
Frederick, MD 21701-5511

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