Project Grants to Small Arts and Humanities Organizations and Groups

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

GrantWatch ID#: 178103
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Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

09/05/17 11:59 PM

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Montgomery County, Maryland small nonprofit organizations or groups for arts projects and events serving public audiences. New applicants must contact the funding source before applying and attend at least one workshop or webinar. Applicants may also schedule a one-on-one appointment.

Projects may be in a variety of 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, and be open to the public, with or without an admission fee.

The funding source 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

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:

-Performance, presentation or exhibition of a visual, performing or media art form
-Festival and events, such as folk arts, literary or visual arts
-History presentation, archeological program, or historic reenactment
-A poetry reading, author’s lecture, or script workshop
-A community mural project
-A family arts day

An applicant may request and may be awarded one grant for FY18 in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000.

Applications will be accepted for activities occurring from January 1 through June 30, 2018.

An organization or group is eligible to apply if it 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 mailing address in Montgomery County for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the grant deadline;
-The applicant had annual cash operating expenses of under $50,000 for the most recently completed fiscal year if it is an organization or for the 12 consecutive previous months if it 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. However, it must be operating in the manner of a nonprofit organization in that the group’s net earnings are not distributed to those who control it.

An organization or group operating as a for-profit corporation is not eligible.

Organizations that apply for FY18 General Operating Support Grants for Large Arts and Humanities Organizations, FY18 General Operating Support Grants for Mid-Size Arts and Humanities Organizations, and individuals who apply for FY18 Artists and Scholars Project Grants are not eligible to apply for FY18 Project Grants for Small Arts and Humanities Organizations and Groups.

An applicant who plays a primary role in an organization or group that applies for FY18 Project Grants for Small Arts and Humanities Organizations and Groups may not apply for FY18 Artists and Scholars Project Grants.

Applicants MAY NOT submit a grant application for the same project in more than one grant category.

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

Not Funded:
-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;
-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.

First-time applicants 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.

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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 or Takenya LaViscount, Senior Grants Program Manager (see contact details below).

Submission Deadlines:

Cycle One Deadline: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 11:59 PM
-Applications will be accepted for activities occurring from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. The anticipated grant award announcement is June 2017.

Cycle Two Deadline: Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 11:59 PM
-Applications will be accepted for activities occurring from January 1 through June 30, 2018. The anticipated grant award announcement is December 2017.

First-time applicants MUST contact 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.

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 Gahchem, Grants Program Manager

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

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

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