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Community Arts Development (CAD) Grant

Grants to Howard County, Maryland Nonprofits
for Arts Programming and Operating Support

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Howard County Arts Council (HCAC)

Deadline Date:

05/15/19 11:59 PM


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Grants to Howard County, Maryland nonprofit arts and non-arts organizations to promote artistic activities that benefit residents of local communities. Grants may be awarded for arts programming or operating expenses. Funding is intended to further public awareness of countywide arts opportunities and resources.

HCAC is committed to helping promote, improve, and strengthen the structure of community arts organizations by providing operating funds for established arts organizations and by supporting the development of small and mid-sized arts organizations through project-specific funds. Through the Community Arts Development program, grants are awarded for day-to-day activities to both established and new arts organizations as well as non-arts groups based in the county.

Purpose of the Grants Program:

- To foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in arts offerings for Howard County residents.
- To broaden opportunities for Howard County audiences, artists and arts organizations.
- To increase the availability of arts activities in Howard County.
- To promote countywide awareness of arts resources and opportunities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181427

Estimated Size of Grant:

New applicants and non-arts organizations are eligible to apply for up to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

- Operating Grant Funding Period: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
- Project Grant Funding Period: September 1, 2019 - August 30, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Required Qualifications:

- Applicant organizations must be incorporated as non-profit, tax-exempt organizations, 501(C)(3), in good standing with both State and Federal governments.
- Applicant organizations must be in good standing with HCAC.
- Applicant organizations must be soundly managed and financially accountable, and provide proof thereof. Their arts activities must be open to the general public. Arts facilities (e.g. museums, arts and/or cultural centers with public exhibits) must be regularly open and available to the general public, with or without an admission fee.
- Applicant organizations must maintain their primary office and conduct at least 50% of all business operations, programs and activities in Howard County.
- Organizations must be governed by an independent, legally liable Board of Directors.

Arts and non-arts organizations that receive ongoing direct funding from the County are not eligible to receive Operating funds through HCAC’s CAD grant program. They may be eligible to apply in the Project category, but should contact HCAC prior to submitting a request in order to determine eligibility and restrictions.

Howard County Government agencies are ineligible to apply to HCAC for grants.

Operating and Project Grants Eligibility:

- New applicants, or applicants who have not received operating grants for the preceding two years, must apply under the project grants category for two years and must successfully complete the two project grants (which includes the submission and approval of related final reports) before being eligible to apply for operating grants.
- Projects must involve an artistic process or product.
- Eligible non-arts organizations may apply for project funding only, and only direct artistic costs will be considered for funding and organization's match. In order to qualify for a grant in this category, projects must involve an artistic process or product.
- Projects must take place in Howard County.

For additional required Qualifications of Applicant, Operating and Project Grants Eligibility, and additional eligibility requirements for operating grants, see the Guidelines listed in Pre-Application Information below.

Grants may not be applied to capital improvements, purchase of land or real property, tuition assistance, refreshment costs, travel, fundraising, or pre-existing expenses, debts, or obligations incurred by the organization.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2019 at 11:59PM.

Application Calendar:

- February 2019: Grant applications available online
- May 15, 2019: Deadline for applications. Applicants can submit up to 11:59 PM.
- September 6, 2019: Earliest announcement of grant award or rejection
- July 14, 2020: FY20 Final Report Due

Applicants may submit one application only, either a general operating grant or a project grant, not both.

Organizations must provide matching funds on a cash basis.


Contact Information:

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

To access the online grant application system:

For questions about the grants, phone or email the HCAC at

Howard County Center for the Arts
8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
410-313-ARTS (2787)

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Howard County