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Community Arts Development (CAD) Grant

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, Agencies, and Universities
for Arts and Culture Programs in Frederick County

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Frederick Arts Council (FAC)

Deadline Date:

09/14/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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

There are two pools of 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 (as well as in the Final Report) 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174856

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)

Arts Project Grant applicants may request up to 50% of their estimated project/program costs for FY 2019 or $1,500, whichever is less.

Term of Contract:

All arts activities must occur during the 2019 fiscal year (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019).

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants must be received by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, September 14, 2018. Grant awards are announced in the fall.

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.

Send application to:

CAD Grants Committee
Frederick Arts Council
11 W. Patrick St., Suite 201
Frederick, MD 21701-5511

Louise Kennelly, Executive Director
Phone: 301-662-4190

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Frederick County