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General Operating Support Grants to Mid-Size Arts and Humanities Organizations

Grants to Montgomery County, Maryland Arts and
Cultural Nonprofits for Organizational Operations

GrantWatch ID#: 177352
Agency Type:

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Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)


01/25/17 11:59 PM

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to Montgomery County, Maryland nonprofit arts, cultural, and humanities-oriented organizations to support general operations. Workshops will be held November 30 and December 8. Webinars are scheduled for December 5 and December 9. Individual consultations are available up to two weeks prior to the deadline.

General Operating Support is defined as support for day-to-day operating costs or to further the general mission or work of an organization, rather than for a specific purpose or project. Grant awards support organizations that work in a wide array of arts disciplines including performing arts, folk and traditional arts, media arts, visual arts, literary arts, humanities disciplines including history and philosophy.

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

By awarding General Operating Support Grants for Mid-Size Arts and Humanities Organizations, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) seeks to:

-Promote stability in arts and humanities organizations by providing a base of funding to support an applicant’s operating budget;

-Encourage diverse arts and humanities experiences for Montgomery County residents;

-Stimulate local support and involvement in the arts and humanities, including volunteer participation, audience development, and financial contributions;

-Enhance the scholarly and artistic capabilities of arts and humanities organizations; and

-Strengthen the professional, administrative, and management capabilities of mid-size arts and humanities organizations.

An organization may not apply for an FY18 General Operating Support Grant for Mid-Size Arts and Humanities Organizations of more than 35% of its FY16 annual cash operating expenses/income, or $25,000, whichever is lower.

An organization may not apply for less than $5,000.

Activities may occur from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

General Operating Support Grants for Mid-Size Arts and Humanities Organizations are available to Montgomery County, MD based non-profit arts and humanities organizations that have annual cash operating expenses of at least $50,000 and no more than $150,000.

Organizations that have annual expenses of more than $150,000 are also eligible if the organization is not applying for General Operating Support Grants for Large Arts and Humanities Organizations.

An organization is eligible to apply for FY18 General Operating Support Grants for Mid-Size Arts and Humanities Organizations if it meets all of the following criteria:

-Has met all of the following three criteria for at least the previous three consecutive fiscal years immediately prior to the application deadline:

-Has its primary mission the exhibition, presentation, production or performance of, and/or education in, an arts and/or humanities discipline; and/or provides support services for artists and/or scholars and for arts and/or humanities organizations;

-Has a balanced budget and annual documented cash operating expenses of no less than $50,000;

-Demonstrates 501 (c)(3) status through one of the following ways: the applicant has 501 (c)(3) status, as evidenced by their IRS Letter of Determination; the applicant operates as a specific arts and/or humanities entity or division within a larger 501 (c)(3) organization whose primary mission is not arts or humanities based; or the applicant has a Montgomery County-based fiscal sponsor1 with current 501 (c)(3) status, whose primary mission is not arts and/or humanities based. The fiscal sponsor must have been operating in Montgomery County for at least the previous three consecutive fiscal years.

-Has its principal office is in Montgomery County;

-Is governed by an independent, legally liable Board operating under a mission statement for the organization and an operating budget specific to the organization;

-Has at least one part-time paid staff to support the organization’s Board, comply with the grant requirements, and maintain ongoing programming;

-Has at least 40% of the applicant’s board members reside and/or work in Montgomery County as of the grant application deadline;

-Offers no less than 51% of its programs and services in Montgomery County;

-Has submitted the Cultural Data Project Funder Report in accordance with the Cultural Data Project procedures. See section about Cultural Data Project on page 5; and

-Has fulfilled all requirements for any grant(s) received from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County in prior years.

-For the purpose of this grant, costs related to improving or expanding the organization’s physical structure or purchasing equipment that would be covered by Capital Improvement Grants must be counted as capital expenses, not as operating expenses.

-An organization applying for the FY18 General Operating Support Grants for Mid-Size Arts and Humanities Organizations may also apply for either the FY18 Advancement Grants or FY18 Capital Improvement Grants.

-Due to the large volume of requests and limited funding, applications from national, statewide or regional arts and/or humanities organizations are not accepted at this time.

Non-allowable operating expenses include, but are not limited to:
-Acquisition of capital assets,
-Allocations to cash reserves,
-Capital improvements,
-Loan principal payments,
-Contributions of endowments, or
-Scholarships awarded by you for your own activities.

AHCMC will conduct free grant preparation webinars and workshops to instruct prospective applicants on how to complete grant applications. While attendance is not required, AHCMC strongly encourages all potential applicants to attend this workshop, even if the applicant has applied previously. Whether or not an applicant attends a webinar or a workshop will not be a factor in evaluating the application.

-Monday, December 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM
-Friday, December 9, 2016 at 4:00 PM

-Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 4:00 PM
-Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Additional information and registration may be found here:

First-time applicants MUST contact Grants Program staff prior to applying.

The application deadline is January 25, 2017, 11:59 PM. The anticipated grant award announcement will occur in June 2017.

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 submission deadline. To schedule an appointment, contact Nabil Ghachem, Grants Program Manager or Takenya LaViscount, Senior Grants Program Manager (see contact details below).

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

Takenya LaViscount, Senior Grants Program Manager
301-565-3805 x 26

801 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Montgomery County

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