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Community Arts Development (CAD) Grant

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits in Eligible Regions
for Arts Programming and Operating Support

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Howard County Arts Council (HCAC)

Deadline Date:

05/12/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to promote artistic activities that benefit residents of local communities. New applicants must contact staff before applying and are eligible for project grants only. Grants may be awarded for arts programming or operating expenses. Funding is intended to support activities taking place in Howard 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, 2021 - June 30, 2022
- Project Grant Funding Period: September 1, 2021 - August 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualifications of Applicant:
- Applicant organizations must be incorporated as nonprofit, 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 (i.e.: 50% of rehearsals, 50% of Board and committee meetings, 50% of performances, workshops, etc.). Corporate papers, such as the 990 and Personal Property Tax forms, letterhead and program materials submitted must show primary office is located in the County.
- Each 501(c)3 organization may apply for no more than one grant through this program.
- Organizations must be governed by an independent, legally liable Board of Directors that represents its community and is acting under a mission statement and operating budget specific to the organization.
- Organizations must provide matching funds on a cash basis.

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

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

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply for an FY22 Community Arts Development Grant is May 12, 2021.

Application Calendar:
- February 2020: Grant applications available online
- May 12, 2021: Deadline for applications. Applicants can submit up to 11:59 PM.
- September 3, 2021: Earliest announcement of grant award or rejection
- July 15, 2021: FY21 Final Report Due
- July 15, 2022: FY22 Final Report Due

Organizations must provide matching funds on a cash basis.

New applicants must schedule a brief introductory meeting with HCAC staff to go over grant eligibility and procedures.

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 may take place no sooner than September 1. Projects will not be funded retroactively. For organizations who wish to hold activities in the summer (such as a summer concert or similar activity), the grant-giving period will be extended at the end of the fiscal year of the grant period. (For example, FY22 Project grant period would be extended through August 2022.) Final Reports for such projects will then be due August 31 as opposed to July 15.


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:

Please direct all questions regarding preparation of these forms to HCAC at 410-313-2787.

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

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