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

Artists-in-Education (AiE) Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland: Howard County

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/01/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Maryland public and private K-12 schools in eligible locations to support residencies for professional artists. Funding priority is intended for projects that include more than an assembly or auditorium-style performance or presentation. The program places professional artists in residence at Howard County schools to help students foster creative exploration. The applicant should work closely with the visiting artist and appropriate teacher when developing the project and proposal.

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.

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.

Materials/Technical assistance are an allowable expense in the grant application.

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


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.

AiE applicants that have received a Cycle 1 grant award may apply to support a new AiE project in Cycle 2, if a second cycle is announced, however, priority will be given to those applicants that did not receive a grant in the first cycle.

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. HCAC does not fund projects retroactively.

Pre-Application Information
Application Calendar:
- February 1, 2023: Grant applications available online at
- June 1, 2023: Deadline for applications. Applicants can submit up to 11:59 PM.
- Early Sept. 2023: Earliest announcement of grant award or rejection
- July 15, 2024: FY24 Final Report Due

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

A letter of support from the school principal is required for projects involving permanent installations.

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

For every dollar requested or awarded, the applicant must provide a 1:1 cash match. For a chart to calculate the required match, see the Full Grant Text RFP link. Schools with an Access Challenge Index of 50% or more 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.


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. Priority is given to residencies of 3 or more days.

Contact Information
To access the online portal:

For technical assistance, call: 410-313-2787

Howard County Center for the Arts
8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043

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