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Artists and Scholars Project Grants

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:

01/26/18 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 must contact program staff prior to applying and attend at least one workshop or webinar. Webinars are scheduled for December 4.

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 purposes of this application, the artist/scholar applicant is eligible to apply for a grant in any one, or a combination of, the following disciplines:

-Dance includes choreography or performance, whether in a historically recognized or a contemporary style.

-Folk and Traditional Arts includes artistic expressions grounded in a common ethnic heritage, shared language, religion or occupation. These are artistic traditions passed on from generation to generation often within families and communities through observation, oral transmission, practice, and from master to apprentice.

-Historical, Critical or Theoretical Approaches to the Arts includes work that reflects upon and analyzes creative processes and/or specific works, such as a performance, exhibit or piece of art.

-History or Social Sciences includes research, study and writing in the areas of human social, political or cultural development, civics, and work that shares historical or social sciences information or activities with the community.

-Languages, Linguistics and Literary Analysis includes the study or analysis of how we communicate and how our ideas and thoughts are expressed and interpreted, and the analysis or study of a specific aspect or work of literature.

-Media Arts includes electronic, technology-based work suited to mass media communication and presentation used within an artistic medium. Any genre in film, video, audio, or computer-based art production and/or distribution is included, and a selected component of a long-term project will be considered if it meets the other requirements of the grant guidelines.

-Music includes the performance, creation, recording and distribution of original music from any genre, or of historically recognized musical compositions and/or styles.

-Philosophy, Ethics or Comparative Religion includes research or study of theories about the purpose of life, how moral and ethical standards arise in society, and the reasons for our thoughts and actions.

-Storytelling includes spoken word performances, in particular the interactive style of using words and actions and other effects to reveal the elements and images of a story while encouraging the listener’s imagination.

-Theater includes the creation, production, and/or performance of original contemporary or historically recognized theater and musical theater works.

-Writing includes the creation, presentation and distribution of materials that are literary in nature; and publications, readings and compilations of original poetry, fiction, non-fiction, creative nonfiction, screenplays and play scripts.

-Visual Art includes the creation, production, and/or exhibition of visual art as the primary focus. Objects, installations, site-specific or gallery-oriented works of art within any area of the visual arts are also included, as are special exhibitions, curatorial projects and/or special projects that expand the context of traditional or contemporary works of art.

Project Eligibility:
-A project is eligible for funding if it will effectively advance the applicant’s artistic or scholarly work and/or advance the applicant’s business and management skills.
-Projects that are open to the public must take place in Montgomery County.
-Project related to development of new work and/or improving management skills may take place outside of Montgomery County.
-The project must be intended to primarily benefit the artist/scholar.
-An applicant may submit only one Artists and Scholars Project Grant application per year.
-An applicant may request funds for only ONE project. The proposed project may not be part of another AHCMC grant application. Example: an individual may not apply for the same project under the Individual Artists and Scholars Grant and the Wheaton Cultural Project Grant categories.

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 FY19 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, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An individual is eligible to apply for FY19 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 FY19, and may apply again in FY20.
-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 who plays a primary role in an organization or group that applies for a FY19 grant in another grant category may not apply for a FY19 Artists and Scholars Project Grant.
-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 real property or physical assets such as a computer or an artifact for a museum;
-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:

First-time applicants MUST contact Grants Program staff and attend at least one webinar or workshop.

-Monday, December 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM
-Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5:00 PM

More information regarding workshops and webinars may be found here:

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 Nabil Ghachem or Audrey Singer (see contact details below).

Pre-Application Information:

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

The deadline to apply is Friday, January 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

The anticipated announcement of these grant awards is 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 the December 4 webinars here:

All applications must be submitted online at:

Nabil Ghachem, Grants Program Manager

Audrey Singer, Grants Program Assistant
301-565-3825 x 21

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

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USA: Maryland: Montgomery County