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Artists-in-Education (AiE) Grant

Grants to Maryland K-12 Schools in Eligible
Locations for Artist Residencies

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Howard County Arts Council (HCAC)

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06/05/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Maryland public and private K-12 schools in eligible locations to support residencies for professional artists. Priority will be given to residencies lasting three or more days and to projects that include more than a presentation or performance. Funding is intended to support residencies taking place in Howard County.

Purpose of the Artists-in-Education Grant Program:

  • To complement the 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. Applicants should contact both well in advance.
  • 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.

For grant purposes, a residency is defined as a multi-day stay in the classroom by an artist who may work with students, faculty, and occasionally the larger community to demonstrate an artistic process and/or produce an artistic product. The majority of residency activities must take place in the classroom during regular school day hours. Each residency should include an orientation and planning period and at least one follow-up session.

Additional guidelines may be found in the Guidelines link in the Pre-Application Information field below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181428

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Term of Contract:

Length of Residency: This varies widely depending on what the applicant wants to accomplish and the complexity of the project. There have been occasional one-day residencies and some are as long as 6-8 weeks.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Artist in Education grant is open to all Howard County Public School System's 501c3 K-12 schools and independent 501c3 schools where a PTA is not in place.

Eligibility & Applicant Qualification:
- AiE applicant must be a K-12 PTA or school with its own IRS 501c3 designation located in Howard County.
- Applicant school or K-12 educational organization must meet state standards for accreditation as identified by the State of Maryland and the Maryland State Department of Education and may be requested to provide proof thereof.
- Applicant's proposed project must be consistent with the Maryland State Department of Education Fine Arts Standards.
- HCPSS or applicant employees are not eligible to serve as a visiting AiE artist.
- Applicant may apply for arts project funding only, but only direct artistic costs and materials will be considered for funding.
- Applicant must be soundly managed and financially accountable (must provide a copy of the PTSA’s current budget).
- Applicant must comply with Title VI, Section 601, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that no persons on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination related to the arts.
- Applicant must comply with Title IV, Section 1681, of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Section 6101, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of age or sex.
- Applicant must comply with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 which states that no otherwise qualified person shall, solely by reason of his or her handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination related to the arts.
- Applicant must hold their activities in spaces accessible to those with disabilities. Also, activities must be altered to meet the needs of the visually and hearing impaired upon appropriate notification of need.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Application Calendar:
- February 2021: Grant applications available online at
- June 5, 2021: Deadline for applications. Applicants can submit up to 11:59 PM.
- September 4, 2021: Earliest announcement of grant award or rejection
- July 15, 2021: FY21 Final Report Due
- July 15, 2022: FY22 Final Report Due

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

HCAC is available to provide technical assistance in completing grant applications.

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

The grant requires matching funds. For a chart to calculate the required match, see the Guidelines below.

To better serve Howard County Schools with significant student populations facing increased obstacles to full access to Artist-in-Education grant opportunities, HCAC has developed a new Access Challenge Index (combining the published school profile percentages of students classified as eligible for special program services: FARMS, LEP, and SPED) to identify applicant schools for which grant-funding matches can be waived or limited.


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 portal:

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

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