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Wheaton Cultural Project Grants (WCPG)

Grants to Montgomery County, Maryland Nonprofits for
Arts and Cultural Projects in the Wheaton Community

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Foundation / Corporation

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Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

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Deadline Date:

09/13/18 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to Montgomery County, Maryland arts and humanities nonprofits to promote cultural vitality in the Wheaton community. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to applying and attend a webinar or workshop.

Wheaton Cultural Project Grants (WCPG) are flexible awards for projects that create impact in the Wheaton community and provide professional opportunities for artists and scholars to work in Wheaton, MD. Montgomery County based nonprofit arts and humanities organizations, groups, artists, and scholars are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for cultural projects taking place in Wheaton.

Montgomery County nonprofit arts and humanities organizations may apply directly to this program, with or without a partner organization; individual artists or scholars must apply with an organizational partner, which could be a nonprofit or for-profit entity based in Montgomery County.

The Wheaton Cultural Project Grants is a pilot program of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County that aims to:

- Contribute to the cultural life of the residents of Wheaton through its support of cultural 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.

AHCMC encourages proposals submitted by African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) artists, arts organizations, and communities.

For the purposes of this application, the applicant is eligible to apply for a grant in any one or a combination of the following disciplines:
- Dance includes choreography or performance, whether in a historically recognized or a contemporary style.
- Folk and Traditional Arts includes artistic expressions grounded in a common ethnic heritage, shared language, religion or occupation. These are artistic traditions passed on from generation to generation often within families and communities through observation, oral transmission, practice, and from master to apprentice.
- Historical, Critical or Theoretical Approaches to the Arts includes work that reflectsupon and analyzes creative processes and/or specific works, such as a performance, exhibit or piece of art.
- History or Social Sciences includes research, study and writing in the areas of human social, political or cultural development, civics, and work that shares historical or social sciences information or activities with the community.
- Languages, Linguistics and Literary Analysis include the study or analysis of how we communicate and how ideas and thoughts are expressed and interpreted, and the analysis or study of a specific aspect or work of literature.
- Media Arts includes electronic, technology-based work suited to mass media communication and presentation used within an artistic medium. Any genre in film, video, audio, or computer-based art production and/or distribution is included, and a selected component of a long-term project will be considered if it meets the other requirements of the grant guidelines.
- Music includes the performance, creation, recording and distribution of original music from any genre, or of historically recognized musical compositions and/or styles.
- Philosophy, Ethics or Comparative Religion includes research or study of theories about the purpose of life, how moral and ethical standards arise in society, and the reasons for our thoughts and actions.
- Storytelling includes spoken word performances, in particular the interactive style of using words and actions and other effects to reveal the elements and images of a story while encouraging the listener’s imagination.
- Theater includes the creation, production, and/or performance of original contemporary or historically recognized theater and musical theater works.
- Writing includes the creation, presentation and distribution of materials that are literary in nature; and publications, readings and compilations of original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, screenplays and play scripts.
- Visual Art includes the creation, production, and/or exhibition of visual art as the primary focus. Objects, installations, site-specific or gallery-oriented works of art within any area of the visual arts are also included, as are special exhibitions, curatorial projects and/or special projects that expand the context of traditional or contemporary works of art.

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 proposed to take place between January 1 through December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Wheaton Cultural Project Grants, applicants have to meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

- Be based in Montgomery County, MD
- Proposed project must take place in Wheaton, MD between January 1 and December 31, 2019
- Organization applicants must have an operating budget of not more than $500,000 for the most recently completed fiscal year.
- Individual applicants must partner with a nonprofit or a for-profit entity. (An organizational partner’s budget may exceed $500,000)

An individual applicant who is an employee of an organization that is an AHCMC grantee/applicant will be considered eligible, provided that the proposed project is not directly related to the work s/he does for the organization. For example, the applicant may apply to develop a new piece of work unrelated to the work of his/her employer.

Wheaton Cultural Project Grants do 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:

AHCMC will conduct free grant preparation webinars and workshops to instruct prospective applicants on how to complete an application for Wheaton Cultural Project Grants. AHCMC strongly encourages all potential applicants to attend either a webinar or workshop, even if the applicant has applied under this grant category previously. First-time applicants and applicants who did not receive funding in previous rounds for the Wheaton Cultural Project Grants must attend at least one grant preparation webinar or workshop.

Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 10:00 am
Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Register for workshops:

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Register for webinars:

More information and registration may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

FY19 Application Deadline: Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

First-time applicants and applicants who did not receive funding in previous rounds must contact Grants Program Manager, Nabil Ghachem or Audrey Singer, Grants Assistant, and attend one grant preparation webinar or workshop.

Personal Appointments
Personal appointments are available for those who are unable to attend a webinar or a workshop or who need additional assistance. These appointments are available for assistance with both the content of the application and/or assistance with the online grant application system. 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 Nabil Ghachem, Grants Program Manager.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Nabil Ghachem, Grants Program Manager

Audrey Singer, Grants Assistant
301-565-3805 x 21

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Wheaton