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Arts Integration Residencies in the Schools Grants (AIRSG)

Grants to Montgomery County, Maryland
Schools to Host Educational Artist Residencies

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Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

Deadline Date:

10/22/18 11:58 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 to Montgomery County, Maryland elementary, middle, and high schools to host arts and cultural residencies. Funding will support teaching artists and scholars who are trained in curriculum-based arts integration. First-time applicants must meet with program staff prior to applying. The resident artists and scholars will collaborate with a teacher to develop an arts-integrated program for students during the school day.

The program must benefit students in public or non-public elementary, middle or high school located in Montgomery County that have been traditionally underserved in the arts during the school year, during the school day.


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 benefits ESOL students, and/or students with disabilities. The defined program must be listed on the school’s MCPS School at a Glance page; AND
-Are implemented by the artist/scholar listed in one of the approved rosters.

Note: Returning applicants must have submitted all required reports for any grant(s) received from AHCMC in the past. If the previously funded activity has not been completed by the application deadline, an update report on the current funded grant is required.

Grant funds cover the artist’s/scholar’s 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:

Cycle Two activities may begin on January 1 through June 15, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-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.
-Schools that are able to commit at least one teacher to collaborate with the artist/scholar.
-Schools that work with teaching artists and scholars who reside in Montgomery County and who are listed on the AHCMC Teaching Artist roster, and/or the Maryland State Teaching Artist Roster.
-Schools that propose activities that occur during school hours beginning on September 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 for cycle one, and beginning on January 1, 2019 through June 15, 2019 for cycle two.

-Arts and Humanities organizations are not eligible
-Applications that do not include the name of the artist/scholar are not eligible
-P.O. Box address does not represent proof of residency
-Grant awards will be made exclusively to artists/scholars
-The school, teacher, and artist/scholar must agree to work together to carry out the program however, the application must be submitted by the school teacher or school representative and co- signed by the selected artist/scholar

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:

Grant Preparation Workshops
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:

It is recommended that interested applicants sign up for Grants News and Updates to receive notifications by email. If you have questions, contact Audrey Singer or Nabil Ghachem, Grants Program Manager.

Personal Appointments
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.

Pre-Application Information:

Cycle Two Deadline: Monday, October 22, 2018 – 11:58 p.m.

All applications for the Arts Integration Residencies in the Schools Grant must be submitted online. Applications may NOT be e-mailed, delivered in person, faxed or submitted in any fashion other than the online grants portal.

First-time applicants and applicants who did not receive funding in previous rounds must contact Nabil Ghachem or Audrey Singer and attend at least one grant preparation webinar or workshop.


About Grantmaking:

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