Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

Overview

AHCMC is committed to providing resources and funding opportunities for both arts and humanities organizations in Montgomery County, as well as artists and scholars who reside in Montgomery County. Funding opportunities for community groups and schools to bring artists or scholars to their venues are also available.

Grants to Large Arts and Humanities Organizations are available to nonprofit arts and humanities organizations that had both cash expenses and an income of more than $150,000 during its most recently completed fiscal year; an arts and/or humanities division within an umbrella nonprofit organization, provided that the division’s cash expenses and cash income were more than $150,000 during the most recently completed fiscal year; or organizations that may be based elsewhere, but are providing a regular season of programming or educational services on the premises of a grantee organization based in the County.  In addition organizations must have a full-time (35 hours/week or more) paid administrator and have completed an audit for their most recently completed fiscal year.

Grants to Mid-Size Arts and Humanities Organizations are available to arts and humanities organizations that have annual cash expenses of at least $50,000 and not more than $150,000.  In addition, the organizations primary mission must be the exhibition, presentation, production or performance of, and/or education in, an arts and/or humanities discipline; and/or provides support services for artists and/or scholars and for arts and/or humanities organizations.   For at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the application deadline the organization must have held current IRS 501(c)(3) status and the organization's principal offices must have been in Montgomery County.

Grants to Small Arts and Humanities Organizations and Groups are available to arts and humanities organizations or groups that may or may not be incorporated and with annual cash operating expenses of under $50,000 for their most recently completed fiscal year. These grants support arts and humanities organizations and groups that work in a wide array of arts and humanities disciplines. The organization or group's principal offices must have been in Montgomery County for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the application deadline.

Capital Improvement Grants are intended as supplemental funding for special purposes. These grants are intended to assist arts and humanities organizations in attaining stability and long-term viability. Grants are not intended for facilities in which capital projects are otherwise the responsibility of the landlord and/or the County government. Specifically, these grants are intended as grant awards for facility construction or improvements. Grants may be awarded for new construction, for expansion of a project, renovation of an existing structure or physical plant repairs critical to an organization’s arts or humanities mission.

Arts Integration Residency Grants support individual teaching artists trained in curriculum-based arts integration techniques who collaborate with a classroom teacher to develop an arts-integrated program for students during the school day. Eligible teaching artists are those individuals listed on the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) Teaching Artists Roster www.creativemoco.com/directories/teaching-artist-roster. The program must serve underserved students during the school year and during the school day in a public or non-public elementary, middle or high school located in Montgomery County. Factors that determine whether the students qualify as underserved include whether the school has a FARMS rate greater than 35% of the student body; serves a high proportion of students with disabilities or special needs; and/or has an ESOL rate higher than 35%.

Artists and Scholars in the Community Grants support a variety of arts and humanities programs that bring high quality artists and scholars to community-based audiences in the County.  It is further intended that these grants will bring the arts and/or humanities to underserved populations that have fewer opportunities to participate in programs available to the general community.  These grants are available for programs arranged by a community or service organization whose primary mission is not related to an arts or humanities discipline.  The artist or scholar selected for the program must be listed on the Arts and Humanities Council’s Artists and Scholars Roster for Community Programs  or on another eligible Roster as further described in the guidelines.  An organization may not request programs totaling more than $1,500 in one fiscal year, but may submit more than one application if it will be presenting different artists/scholars during the fiscal year.

Grants to Individual Artists and Scholars are available to individuals or collaborations of individual artists and scholars who have resided in Montgomery County for at least 12 months prior to the application deadline.  These grants support artists and scholars who work in a wide array of arts and humanities disciplines, including visual arts, theater, music, dance, media arts, festivals, traditional arts, the history and/or theory of works of art, creative writing, history, languages, linguistics, storytelling, philosophy and ethics. An applicant may request and may be awarded from $1,000 to $5,000.

The Artists and Scholars Roster for Community Programs is a listing that is displayed on AHCMC’s website. For this Roster, AHCMC seeks artists and scholars of all disciplines who are professionals and who have experience presenting programs in the community in a variety of arts and humanities disciplines.  The main purpose of the Roster is to provide the public with access to a list of pre-screened, high-quality artists and scholars who are available to present programs and workshops for any organization that wishes to arrange for an artist or scholar to present at its facility. In addition, acceptance on the Roster qualifies the artist/scholar for Artists and Scholars in the Community Grants.

The Teaching Artists Roster is a list of professional artists trained in arts integration, school culture, theories of learning, and the MD Voluntary State Curriculum. Roster artists are committed to arts education as an integral part of their professional practice.  Artists on the Roster are available for residencies and teacher development workshops. Use the Teaching Artist Roster when submitting a School-Based or Community Grant to AHCMC.