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Artists and Scholars Project Grant

Grants to Montgomery County, Maryland
Individuals for Arts and Humanities Projects

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Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

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Deadline Date:

02/22/19 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Montgomery County, Maryland individual artists and scholars to carry out arts and humanities projects across a broad range of disciplines. First-time applicants are required to contact program staff prior to applying.

Artists and Scholars Project Grants support the work of individual artists and scholars. Awards also provide funding for Montgomery County artist and scholar collaborations. Grants support artists and scholars who 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.

AHCMC encourages proposals submitted by African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) artist and scholars.

Through Artists and Scholars Project Grants, AHCMC seeks to:
-Support the creation and production of new work;
-Provide artists and scholars with opportunities that strengthen their business, managerial, artistic and/or scholarly skills;
-Nurture artists and scholars who represent the diverse, multi-cultural character of Montgomery County; and
-Support innovative and distinctive artistic and scholarly work by the County’s resident artists and scholars.

For a list of eligible disciplines, see the RFP:

For details on project eligibility, see the RFP:

The following are examples of activities that are eligible for funding. Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about the activities proposed in the grant application.
-Creating choreography
-Composing a musical work
-Creating paintings, photographs, sculpture, or prints
-Conducting research in preparation for writing a book or scholarly article
-Creating work products based on variations or new arrangements of traditional or historical works
-Writing poetry, a novel, a nonfiction work, or a screenplay
-Working with a mentor, artist or teacher in the applicant’s field
-Creating a business plan or marketing plan
-Travel, hotel, meals and/or registration expenses for workshops or training program
-Attending a residency for the purpose of learning a new artistic or scholarly skill or technique and/or creating new work

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178104

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for one FY20 grant in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Applications will be accepted for activities that take place from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An individual is eligible to apply for FY20 Artists and Scholars Project Grants if s/he meets all of the following eligibility requirements:
-Is a resident of Montgomery County and has resided in the County for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the application submission deadline;
-Is at least 21 years old and not a full-time student;
-Is a practicing artist or scholar with demonstrated ability in the art or humanities discipline of the proposed project;
-Has met all requirements from previous AHCMC grants; and
-Is able to provide AHCMC with a Social Security number prior to undertaking the grant activities.

-Artists and scholars who received Individual Artists and Scholars grant awards in the previous two consecutive years are not eligible to apply in FY20, and may apply again in FY21.
-An individual who is an employee of an organization that is an AHCMC grantee/applicant will be considered an eligible artist/scholar provided that the project is not directly related to the work s/he does for the organization. For example, the applicant may apply to develop a new piece of work unrelated to the work of his/her employer.
-An individual MAY NOT apply for the same project in more than one grant category.

Artists and Scholars Project Grants will not fund:
-Capital improvements, construction or renovation projects;
-Fundraising activities;
-The costs of receptions, refreshments or food;
-Purchase of 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. Attendance is not required however; AHCMC strongly encourages all potential applicants to attend, even if the applicant has previously applied. Whether or not an applicant attends a webinar or a workshop will not be a factor in evaluating the application. Register here to receive notifications of workshop dates:

Personal Appointments:

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

FY19 AHCMC Grant Webinars and Workshops - Webinars and workshops are approximately 1 hour long.

Webinar: Artists and Scholars
- Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 4 p.m. from
- Monday, February 11, 2019 at 11 a.m.from

Webinars: Instructions on how to join the webinar will be sent the day of the webinar.
Workshops: All workshops take place at AHCMC office, 801 Ellsworth Drive Silver Spring MD 20910.

Pre-Application Information:

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

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 22, 2019 – 11:59 p.m

Grant award announcements will occur in June 2019.

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:

Takenya LaViscount, Senior Grants Program Manager
301-565-3805 x26

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Montgomery County