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Arts Integration Residency in the Schools Grant

Grants to Montgomery County, Maryland Schools
to Collaborate with Artists for Classroom Activities

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

Deadline Date:

10/20/17 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 to Montgomery County, Maryland elementary, middle, and high schools for arts programming to benefit underserved students during the regular school term. Applicants have the option to schedule a personal appointment up to two weeks prior to the deadline.

Arts Integration Residencies in the Schools Grants (AIRSG) support individual teaching artists and scholars trained in curriculum-based arts integration techniques who collaborate with a teacher to develop an arts-integrated program for students during the school day. The program must benefit underserved students during the school year, during the school day, in a public or non-public elementary, middle or high school located in Montgomery County.

By awarding Arts Integration Residencies in the Schools Grants, AHCMC seeks to:
-Provide funding for arts programs that integrate an arts curriculum and a non-arts subject to reinforce the learning standards of both disciplines
-Connect the arts to the Maryland State Curriculum (MSC)
-Promote diverse arts education offerings and experiences to students in Montgomery County
-Forge relationships amongst artists, scholars, teachers, and students through interactive, participatory programs
-Encourage artists and scholars to apply for the Maryland State Arts Council’s Artist in Residence Roster, and
-Allow students to interact and learn from artists and scholars; an opportunity that students may not have if these collaborations did not exist.

Schools must apply for activities that:
-Serve students at a school with a school-wide FARMS rate greater than 35% as listed on the MCPS School at a Glance; OR
-Serve students within a clearly defined program that serves ESOL students, or students with disabilities. The defined program must be listed on the school’s MCPS School at a Glance page; AND
-Are based on one of the proposed teaching artist’s approved residencies as listed on AHCMC approved roster.

Grant funds will cover the artist/scholar fees and the expenses incurred by the artist/scholar, and will not cover expenses incurred by the school.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175545

Estimated Size of Grant:

The amount of funding requested must be between $1,000 and $3,000.

Term of Contract:

Activities may take place from January 1 through June 15, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who May Apply:
-Public, nonpublic, elementary, middle, or high schools based in Montgomery County that hold a Certificate of Approval from the Maryland State Board of Education, or a school operated by a bona fide church organization as defined by the regulations of the Maryland State Board of Education. Arts and humanities organizations are not eligible.
-Schools that are able to commit at least one teacher to collaborate with the artist/scholar.
-Schools that work with teaching artists and scholars that reside in Montgomery County and who are listed on the AHCMC roster, the Maryland State Teaching Artist Roster, and/or the MCPS Performing Arts Catalogue. Applications that do not include the name of the artist are not eligible.

Important: The school, teacher, and artist/scholar must agree to work together to carry out the program. However, the application must be submitted by the schoolteacher or school representative and co-signed by the selected artist/scholar. Arts and humanities organizations are not eligible to apply, and grant awards will be made exclusively to artists/scholars.

Grant Limitations
-The amount of funding requested must be between $1,000 and $3,000.
-A school may receive only one grant each fiscal year.
-An artist/scholar may participate in no more than one AIRSG application at each grant deadline.
-Schools may not list an artist/scholar who is participating in another Arts Integration Residencies in the Schools Grant project during the same funding period.

The Arts Integration Residencies in the School Grant (AIRSG) may not be used to cover costs related to:
-An unnamed artist/scholar or an artist/scholar to be selected in the future;
-Material and/or equipment costs that exceed 10% of the grant award amount;
-Transporting students to, or paying the admission fees at, other institutions;
-Assemblies and activities that promote the interests of political parties or a religious doctrine;
-Capital improvements, construction or renovation projects;
-Fund-raising activities, including costs of receptions, refreshments or food;
-Purchase of real property;
-Activities for the exclusive benefit of an organization’s members;
-Cost of souvenirs such as t-shirts;
-Debt retirement;
-Scholarships, awards or tuition assistance;
-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 the Arts Integration Residencies in the Schools Grants. AHCMC strongly encourages all potential applicants to attend either a workshop or a webinar, even if the applicant has applied under this grant category previously.

Click here to access the calendar of webinars and workshops:

Personal appointments are available for those who are unable to attend a webinar, workshop, or who need additional assistance. Appointments are available for assistance with the content of the 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 Nabil Ghachem, Grants Program Manager (see contact details below).

Pre-Application Information:

The Cycle One deadline is Wednesday, July 19, 2017 11:59 PM for activities beginning on September 1 through December 31, 2017.

The Cycle Two Deadline is Friday, October 20, 2017, 11:59 PM for activities beginning on January 1 through June 15, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

All applications must be submitted online at

Nabil Ghachem, Grants Program Manager

Audrey Singer, Senior Grants Assistant,
301-565-3804 x21

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Montgomery County