About Our Grantmaking

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) administers a comprehensive grants program that distributes more than $5 million in grants to over 500 local arts and humanities organizations and over 2000 individual artists and scholars each year. Grant awards support individual artists and arts organizations that work in a wide array of arts and humanities disciplines, including performing arts, folk and traditional arts, media arts, visual arts, literary arts, and the humanities.

As the designated local arts agency for Montgomery County and funded by the Montgomery County government, AHCMC is committed to best practices in grantmaking. AHCMC adheres to best practices that are applied at the federal, state, and local levels and are highly regarded among private sector philanthropic professionals as essential to meeting stakeholders’ needs.

AHCMC provides grant preparation training to potential grantees, ensuring a level playing field during the application process. Grant applications are submitted via AHCMC’s online grant system, a process that benefits artists, scholars, small, mid-sized and large organizations.

Equity and Inclusion

With the acknowledgement and understanding that access to resources has been historically limited for certain groups of people, AHCMC is committed to cultural equity within all funding activities and to serving communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in mainstream funding, discourse, leadership, and resource allocation including, but not limited to African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) constituents, socio-economically disadvantaged communities, differently abled individuals, and LGBTQ+ communities.

ADA Compliance

Funded projects should be accessible to people with disabilities. AHCMC encourages applicants to consider physical and programmatic accessibility as an integral part of the project planning and budgeting process. Applicants may include the cost of access accommodations as part of their project’s budget, for example, sign interpreters, audio describers, etc. Tips for how to implement project accessibility can be found here, as well as on our Resources page.