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Artists-in-Education (AiE) Grant

Grants to Howard County, Maryland Parent-Teacher
Associations for Artist Residencies in Area Schools

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Howard County Arts Council (HCAC)

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06/06/19 11:59 PM


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Grants to Howard County, Maryland parent-teacher associations to place professional artists, writers, and performers-in-residence at local public and private K-12 schools. Funding is intended to increase accessibility to arts programming and to provide hands-on arts opportunities that foster student creativity.

Purpose of the Artists-in-Education Grant Program:

- To complement school curriculum by providing opportunities for hands-on experiences in the arts that might not otherwise take place.
- To foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in arts offerings for Howard County students and residents.
- To broaden opportunities for Howard County students, artists and arts organizations.
- To increase the availability of arts activities in Howard County.


- Each AIE applicant should work closely with the visiting artist and appropriate teacher when developing the project and proposal. Contact both well in advance.
- Priority is given to residencies of 3 or more days. (For residency-related Definitions and guidelines, see the Guidelines listed in Pre-Application Information below.)
- Priority is given to projects that include more than an assembly/auditorium-style performance or presentation.
- Materials/Technical assistance should be listed and are an allowable expense in the grant application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181428

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility and Applicant Qualification:

- PTAs or PTSAs should apply for the Artists-in-Education grant.
- Applicants must be located in Howard County and incorporated as non-profit tax-exempt PTSAs.
- PTSAs school or educational organization must meet state standards for accreditation as identified by the State of Maryland and the Maryland State Department of Education.
- PTSAs may apply for arts project funding only, but only direct artistic costs and materials will be considered for funding.

For additional Eligibility information, see the Guidelines listed in Pre-Application Information below.

HCAC does not fund travel, capital expenses, budget deficits, fundraising events/activities, purchases of permanent equipment or projects whose primary function is not artistic.

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.

Travel and overnight housing will not be paid for by the HCAC grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Artist Information: Schools interested in residencies may attend the Howard County Arts Council’s annual Cultural Arts Showcase held in October each year. The Showcase is a program to assist school and civic organizations in identifying visual, literary and performing artists for workshops, performances, demonstrations, and in-school residencies. Please visit or call the HCAC for more information.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Calendar:

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

PTAs that have received a Cycle 1 grant award may also apply for Cycle 2, if a second cycle is announced.

Applicants may submit only one grant application per school year or per grant cycle for one project only. Collaboration between schools is welcome.

No grant may exceed half of the total budget of the applicant’s proposal or half of the total HCAC funds available for the Artists-in-Education grant program.

Title I Schools can apply without a matching requirement for projects up to $2,500. Any project costs beyond $2,500 are subject to the matching requirements stated above.


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

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For all questions and technical assistance, contact the Howard County Arts Council by phone or by emailing

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

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USA: Maryland: Howard County