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Wheaton Cultural Project Grants (WCPG)

Grants to Maryland Arts and Humanities Nonprofits, Groups,
Scholars, and Artists in Eligible Locations for Cultural Projects

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Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

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Deadline Date:

10/16/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Maryland arts and humanities nonprofit organizations, as well as sponsored groups, artists, and scholars in eligible locations for cultural projects and professional development. Activities must be open to the public. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to performances, presentations, or exhibitions of visual, performing, media, and/or folk and traditional arts, festivals or events, historical presentations, archeological programs, or historical reenactments, poetry readings, author lectures, or script workshops, and public art, including community mural projects. Activities must take place in Wheaton. Funds may only be used for administrative or programmatic costs incurred in Montgomery County.

By awarding Wheaton Cultural Project Grants, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) seeks to:

  • Support communities that have traditionally received insufficient resources and that have limited access to arts/humanities programming;
  • Support Wheaton’s cultural diversity by funding arts/humanities projects in all disciplines, genres, and styles;
  • Support artists and scholars currently living or working in Wheaton; and
  • Activate Wheaton as a cultural destination that stimulates local economic activity

Eligible Disciplines:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175225

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award amounts for Wheaton Cultural Project Grants will range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Applications will be accepted for activities occurring between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Grant funds received but not spent by December 31, 2021 must be returned to AHCMC by January 31, 2022 with the grantee’s final report.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Montgomery County based nonprofit arts and humanities organizations, groups, artists, and scholars are invited to apply for cultural projects taking place in Wheaton.

Applicants that are individual artists or scholars must partner with a non-profit or for-profit entity based in Montgomery County to apply. Applicants that are organizations or groups do not need an organizational partner to apply.

Eligibility Requirements:
An applicant is eligible to apply for an award if they meet all the following requirements by the published application deadline:
- The applicant must be based in Montgomery County, MD
- Organization and group applicants must operate as a non-profit: The organization or group may or may not be incorporated and may or may not be formally recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a public charity or otherwise officially established as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) institution. However, the applicant must operate in the manner of a non-profit (the organization’s/group’s net earnings cannot be distributed to those who control it).
- Organization and group applicants must have an annual operating budget of no more than $500,000 for the most recently completed fiscal year.
- Individual applicants must partner with a non-profit or a for-profit entity based in Montgomery County, whose budget may exceed $500,000.

For the purposes of this grant, organizations are defined as being incorporated as a non-profit and recognized by the IRS as a public charity or otherwise officially established as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) institution.

Grant Limitations: Wheaton Cultural Project Grants will not fund:
- Capital improvements, construction or renovation projects;
- Strategic planning or organizational development;
- Fundraising activities, including costs of receptions, refreshments or food;
- Purchase of real property or physical assets;
- Material and/or equipment costs that exceed 10% of the grant award amount or $500, whichever is lower
- Activities for the exclusive benefit of an organization’s members;
- Cost of souvenirs such as t-shirts;
- Debt retirement;
- Scholarships, awards or tuition assistance awarded by the organization;
- Political advocacy, or activities that support or promote the interests of any one political party or candidate; and
- Travel outside the United States

Pre-proposal Conference:

- Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
- Thursday, October 7, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

All AHCMC webinars will be hosted through the Zoom platform. A recording will be posted within the following week of the webinar date.

Webinars allow grant-seekers to ask AHCMC grants staff specific questions about the grant guidelines, application, and online grant portal. During each webinar, grants staff will review major eligibility requirements, present an overview of the grant category, and offer technical assistance for the application process and use of the FluidReview online grant portal.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Application Deadline – Friday, October 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
- Panel Review (via conference call) – November 2020
- Award Announcement – late December 2020
- FY21 Grant Change Request Deadline – Monday, November 30, 2020
- FY21 Final Report Due – January 31, 2022

First-time applicants are highly encouraged to contact Grants Program staff. Applications and all relevant materials must be submitted online. Late applications and relevant materials will not be accepted.

Payment for grant requests between $1,000 and $5,000 will be made to the grantee in full.

Payment for grant awards that are more than $5,000 will be paid in two installments:
- 75% of the grant award will be paid to the grantee following AHCMC’s receipt of all items listed in the Guidelines, under the heading “Grant Disbursement”
- The remaining 25% of the grant award will be paid upon the grantee’s submission of their completed final report on or before January 31, 2022.

Personal appointments are available for those who are unable to attend a webinar or who need additional assistance. These appointments are available for assistance with both the content of the application and/or technical assistance with the online grant application. Consultation services in languages other than English are available by appointment. Personal appointments must be held at least two weeks prior to the application deadline. To schedule an appointment, contact Karen Judson.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Karen Judson, Grants Program Manager

Ana-Alicia Feng, Grants Program Coordinator
301-565-3805 x21

Takenya LaViscount, Grants Director
(301) 565-3805 ext. 26

Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
801 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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