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Grants to Maryland Arts Nonprofits in
Eligible Areas for Community Arts Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (ACAAC)

Deadline Date:

10/16/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Maryland nonprofit arts organizations in eligible areas to produce and present arts activities that benefit local residents. Funding is intended to support public services and programs that offer targeted arts opportunities or to reach audiences in underserved communities. Eligible programs benefit the residents of Anne Arundel County.

In recognition of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on arts programming, organizations will be asked within the application to explain how their grant activities will comply with current public health guidelines. Applicants are encouraged to develop creative proposals for projects that can be delivered safely, whether virtually or utilizing social distancing measures

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181064

Estimated Size of Grant:

Mini Grant Funding is limited to up to a maximum of $2,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Must have been both incorporated in Maryland as a not-for-profit and have received tax-exempt status from the U. S. Internal Revenue Service.
- Must be an organization providing public arts programming or services in Anne Arundel County.
- Must be physically located and primarily performing in Anne Arundel County and in good standing with the Maryland Office of Assessments and Taxation on the date the application is filed.
- 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.
- Must comply with Title IV, Section 1681, of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 6101, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex or age.
- 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.

Grant Funds May Not be Used For Re-granting; capital improvements or purchases of permanent equipment; acquisition of capital assets; activities for the exclusive benefit of the organization’s members; activities that are principally recreational, therapeutic, or rehabilitative; travel outside Maryland to present or produce the arts; projects chiefly for classroom use; activities not open to the general public; or scholarships awarded by the applicant organization for its own activities.

Grant funds may not be used for elected office; by any political party; organization; or action committee; or in connection with any political campaign or referendum. Grant funds may not be used for any lobbying activities.

Pre-Application Information:

The Fall Mini Grant FY2021 application will be available from September 14, 2020 until October 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Awards will be announced by November 11, 2020.

This cycle, on a case-by-case basis, the Arts Council is prepared to relax the Mini Grant requirement for the 1:1 cash match. For example, in kind donations may be included in the match. The match requirement may also be reduced or waived for smaller projects, or those filling a critical need in the community.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online (from August 28):

Tricia Sanborn, Interim Grants Administrator

Arts Council of Anne Arundel County
2666 Riva Road, Suite 150
Annapolis, MD 21401

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