Our Grants to Individual Artists and Scholars are available for individual artists and humanities scholars. To be eligible, you must be a resident of Montgomery County for at least the past 12 months and be at least 21 years old. You also must be a practicing artist or scholar with demonstrated ability in the art or humanities discipline of your proposed project. You may also be an individual or a group of individuals who have a history of working together or collaborating on projects, such as a musical ensemble.
We also offer individuals and groups of individuals who work together the opportunity to be listed on our Artists and Scholars Roster for Community Programs. This Roster is available online for any organization to use to book a performance, presentation or workshop at their venue. Applicants for the Roster do not need to be based in Montgomery County, but must be available for bookings in the County. To be included on the Roster, you must apply and have your materials evaluated by a review panel. To see the current Roster, click here. For more information about the requirements, go to Overview for Individuals or see the guidelines for the Artists and Scholars Roster for Community Programs. In addition, grants are available to qualified community-based organizations located in Montgomery County that serve underserved populations to book artists and scholars who are listed on the Roster. (See Overview for Community Organizations.)
We offer grants to groups and organizations based in Montgomery County and serving the residents of the County. Several types of organizations are eligible, as follows:
Read the overview page and see if one of the categories seems to meet your situation. Consult the grant guidelines that appear to fit your needs.
Think about the following questions:
If you are uncertain about the answers to any of these questions, or would like to discuss your potential for a grant with a staff member, please do not hesitate to call our grants staff at 301-565-3805.
Further information and assistance are available at our grant preparation workshops. Workshops are scheduled prior to the deadline of each specific grant category. At these workshops, staff will explain how to fill out the application and how your application will be evaluated. For more information, please go to the workshop schedule.
Our grants staff is happy to answer any question, no matter how small. We realize that you may be applying for a grant for the very first time. And even if you have applied for grants before, different questions arise every time. Please call 301-565-3805 and ask to speak to a staff person with regard to grants.
Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) is fortunate to receive regular annual funding from the Montgomery County government for grants. The amount we receive varies each year depending on the availability of funds in the County budget. However, we are very fortunate that our elected officials generously support our grants program. In each grant category, we have sufficient funds to make a significant number of grants in proportion to the number of applications. Typically, we fund from 40 to 60 percent of the applications that are submitted, although many are not funded for the total amount requested.
The staff convenes a group of people with experience and expertise in the field to review the applications. This group of people is referred to as the grants review panel. A separate review panel is organized for each type of grant. The panels usually consist of four or five people. When they meet, they review the applications based on the evaluation criteria listed in the grant guidelines. The panel scores each application and then agrees on a score below which they recommend no funding.
Panel meetings are open to the public. Applicants are notified by e-mail of the date of the panel meeting during which their applications will be considered. You also may call the office (301-565-3805) to inquire about panel meeting dates.
The staff considers the panel scores and the amount of funds available and develops funding recommendations. These recommendations are sent to AHCMC’s Grants Committee that is made up of members of AHCMC’s Board of Directors and members of the community who have grants experience in a variety of fields. The Grants Committee reviews the staff’s recommendations and evaluates them. They then approve these recommendations, or approve them with modifications, and send their action forward to AHCMC’s Board of Directors for final approval of the grants.
Your chances of receiving a grant depend on several factors. One factor is the level of competition – that is, how many other applications there are. Obviously, this is a factor you can’t control. You can control, however, the following factors:
With a few exceptions, AHCMC offers grants twice a year with deadlines in the spring and the fall and decisions in June and December.
Spring deadlines occur in February, March and April. These applications are approved and announced in June. These grants must be used during AHCMC’s fiscal year which runs from July 1 of the year in which the decision is made through June 30 of the next year.
Fall deadlines occur in September. These applications are approved and announced in December. These grants must be used during the second half of AHCMC’s fiscal year, that is, January 1 through June 30.
Near the end of the time period for which the grant has been awarded, AHCMC will send each grant recipient a Final Report Form. This form requests information about how the grant activity was carried out and how the money was spent. The form must be completed within 30 days of the end of the grant period. For example, if the grant was awarded for an activity between January 1 and June 30, then the report will be due on July 31.
With one exception, we do not fund scholarships for college or graduate education. The one exception is called the Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award for a High School Senior. This is a $3,000 award given to one Montgomery County high school senior each year to support his or her pursuit of a career in the visual arts. For more information, go to Haimovicz Visual Arts Award.