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Project Grants to Small Arts and Humanities Organizations and Groups

Grants to Montgomery County, Maryland Nonprofits
and Groups for Public Arts and Humanities Projects

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Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

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01/19/18 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Montgomery County, Maryland nonprofit arts and humanities organizations and groups with small operating budgets support specific projects benefitting public audiences. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to applying, as well as attend a workshop or webinar. Workshops are scheduled for November 28. Webinars are scheduled for December 5 and December 7.

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), in partnership with the community, cultivates and supports excellence in the arts and the humanities, expands access to cultural expression, and contributes to economic vitality in the region.

Project Grants for Small Arts and Humanities Organizations and Groups support the work of Montgomery County based small arts and humanities organizations and groups that may or may not be incorporated formally as nonprofit organizations. These grants support organizations and groups that work in a wide array of arts disciplines including performing arts, folk and traditional arts, media arts, visual arts, literary arts, as well as humanities disciplines including history, literature, and philosophy. Funded projects must take place in Montgomery County.

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

By providing Project Grants to Small Arts and Humanities Organizations and Groups, AHCMC seeks:
-To provide funding for a wide array of arts and humanities activities that benefit County residents;
-To nurture arts and humanities programs representative of the diverse, multi-cultural character of Montgomery County;
-To support innovative and distinctive artistic and scholarly programs by the County’s resident arts and humanities groups; and
-To promote direct interaction between artists and scholars and community audiences.

To be eligible, the project must:
-Take place in Montgomery County; and
-Be open to the public, with or without an admission fee.

The following are examples of activities that are eligible for funding. This list is not exhaustive, and applicants are encouraged to think creatively about the activities proposed in the grant application.
-Performances, presentations or exhibitions of a visual, performing or media art forms
-Festivals and events that include folk arts, performing arts, literary arts, visual arts or multidisciplinary activities incorporating more than one art form
-Historical presentations, archeological programs, or historical reenactments
-Poetry readings, author lectures, or script workshops
-Public art, including community mural projects

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178103

Estimated Size of Grant:

An applicant may request and may be awarded one grant for FY19 in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Activities may occur from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organization/Group Eligibility Requirements:
-An organization or group is eligible to apply for Project Grants to Small Arts and Humanities Organizations and Groups if the applicant meets all of the following requirements:
-The applicant has as its primary mission or objective the exhibition, presentation, production or performance of, and/or education in, an arts and/or humanities discipline;
-The applicant has had its primary location and/or a verifiable mailing address in Montgomery County for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the grant deadline.
-The applicant has had annual cash operating expenses of under $50,000 for the most recently completed fiscal year if it is an organization, or for 12 consecutive months prior to the application deadline if the applicant is a group;
-The applicant submitted the DataArts Funder Report in accordance with DataArts procedures
-The organization or group may or may not be incorporated and may or may not be formally recognized by the IRS as a public charity or otherwise officially established as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) institution. Regardless, the applicant must operate in the manner of a not-for-profit organization. The group’s net earnings cannot be distributed to those who control it.
-An organization or group operating as a for-profit corporation is not eligible.
-Organizations that apply for FY19 General Operating Support Grants for Large Arts and Humanities Organizations, FY19 General Operating Support Grants for Mid-Size Arts and Humanities Organizations, are not eligible to apply for FY19 Project Grants for Small Arts and Humanities Organizations and Groups.
-An individual who applies for the FY19 Artists and Scholars Project Grant may not be the lead applicant and may not play a major role in a project submitted under the FY19 Project Grants for Small Arts and Humanities Organizations and Groups.
-An applicant in the Small Organizations and Groups Grant may apply for a different project in the Wheaton Cultural Project Grant category.
-Applicants cannot request funding for the same project in more than one grant category.

Fiscal Sponsorship:
-AHCMC will make payment to fiscal sponsors provided that the fiscal sponsor is a non-arts and humanities organizations based on Montgomery County

Project Grants for Small Arts and Humanities Organizations and Groups will not fund:
-Overhead expenses, such as telephone service, copier rental, utilities;
-Fundraising activities;
-Strategic planning or organizational development;
-Activities proposed by public or private school based groups;
-Activities for the exclusive benefit of an organization’s members; Board members pursuing professional development;
-Costs of receptions, refreshments or food;
-Cost of merchandise such as T-shirts;
-Debt retirement;
-Indirect costs: costs not directly related to carrying out the funded project;
-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:

First-time applicants and applicants who were not awarded in previous round(s) MUST contact Grants Program staff and attend at least one webinar or workshop.

Grant Preparation Workshops:

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 either the webinar or the workshop, even if the applicant has applied previously. Whether or not an applicant attended a workshop/webinar will not be a factor in evaluating the application.

Webinars and workshops are approximately one hour long. See workshop and webinar scheduling here:

Workshops are scheduled for:
-Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM
-Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Webinars are scheduled for:
-Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM
-Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Personal Appointments:

Personal appointments are available for those who are unable to attend a workshop or who need additional assistance beyond the workshop. 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, or Audrey Singer, Grants Program Assistant (see contact details below).

Pre-Application Information:

First-time applicants and applicants who were not awarded in previous round(s) must contact AHCMC grants program staff.

AHCMC requires that applicants complete a CDP annually through the DataArts website and submit a Funder Report as a component of the application:

The deadline to apply is Friday, January 19, 2018, 11:59 PM.

The grant award announcement will be in June 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Register for a workshop here:

Register for a webinar here:

All applications must be submitted online at:

Please direct questions concerning your Cultural Data Profile to DataArts Support Center:
Toll Free: 877-707-3282 (or 877-707-DATA)

Nabil Ghachem, Grants Program Manager

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

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

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USA: Maryland: Montgomery County