Artists & Scholars Project Grants support the work of individual artists and scholars. Grant awards also provide funding for Montgomery County artist and scholar collaborations. Grants support artists and scholars who work in a wide array of arts disciplines including performing arts, folk and traditional arts, media arts, visual arts, literary arts, as well as humanities disciplines including history, literature, and philosophy. Grants for FY21 will be awarded for activities occurring from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
Applicants may apply for one FY21 grant in the amount ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.
By awarding Artists & Scholars Project Grants, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) seeks to:
- Support the creation and production of new work;
- Provide artists and scholars with opportunities that strengthen their business, managerial, artistic and/or scholarly skills;
- Nurture artists and scholars who represent the diverse, multi-cultural character of Montgomery County;
- Support innovative and distinctive artistic and scholarly work by the county’s resident artists and scholars; and
- Encourage the use of intentional strategies for achieving equity, diversity, inclusion and access in the field.
FY21 Submission Deadlines
- Guidelines Released – Monday, December 23, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.
- Application – Friday, February 7, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.
- The FY21 submission deadline has passed
First-time applicants are highly encouraged to contact Grants Program staff. Applications and all relevant materials must be submitted online. Late applications and relevant materials will not be accepted.
Applications will be accepted for activities occurring from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
Additional Dates Post-Application
- Panel Review – March 2020
- Award Announcement – late June 2020
- FY21 Final Report Due – July 2021
Workshops at AHCMC
- Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m
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- Monday, January 13, 2020 from 3:00 -4:00 p.m.
- This event has passed
All AHCMC webinars will be hosted through the Zoom platform. Go to our Workshops and Webinars page to see all upcoming workshops and webinars.
Workshops and webinars allow grant-seekers to ask AHCMC grants staff specific questions about the grant guidelines, application, and FluidReview online grant portal. At each workshop and webinar, grants staff will review major eligibility requirements, present an overview of the grant category, and offer technical assistance for the application process and use of the FluidReview online grant portal.
Click here to view the full FY21 ASPG Guidelines
- This funding opportunity is designed to benefit individual artists and scholars, not groups. Projects that involve collaborations with groups of artists may be eligible for a Programming & Capacity Building Project Grant. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact AHCMC grants staff to receive additional eligibility guidance when choosing the most appropriate grant category for an applicant’s project.
- Artists and scholars who received Artists & Scholars Project Grant awards in the previous two consecutive years immediately prior to the deadline (FY19 and FY20) are not eligible to apply in FY21, but may apply again in FY22.
- An artist/scholar who is an employee of an organization that is an AHCMC grantee/applicant will be considered an eligible applicant for this grant category, provided that the project is not directly related to the work s/he does for the organization. For example, the applicant may apply to develop a new piece of work unrelated to the work of his/her employer.
- Grant requests for the same project in more than one grant category will not be accepted.
Required Application Materials:
Read the guidelines for full details on required application materials. An eligible applicant must submit:
- Completed Narrative
- List of key staff and/or volunteers with bios (if applicable)
- Programming Support Materials
- Work Sample(s)
An individual is eligible to apply for an FY21 Artists & Scholars Project Grants if the applicant meets all the following eligibility requirements:
- Is a resident of Montgomery County and has resided in the County for at least 12-consecutive months immediately prior to the application submission deadline;
- Is at least 21 years old and not a full-time student;
- Is a practicing artist or scholar with demonstrated ability in the arts or humanities discipline of the proposed project;
- Has met any outstanding requirements from previous AHCMC grants; and
- Is able to provide AHCMC with a Social Security number prior to undertaking the grant activities.
Project Eligibility Requirements
The following are examples of activities that are eligible for funding. This list is not exhaustive and applicants are encouraged to think creatively about the activities proposed in their grant application.
- Creating choreography
- Composing a musical work
- Exhibiting, presenting, and/or performing artistic or scholarly work
- Creating paintings, photographs, sculpture, or prints
- Conducting research in preparation for writing a book or scholarly article
- Creating work products based on variations or new arrangements of traditional or historical works
- Writing poetry, a novel, nonfiction work, or a screenplay
- Working with a mentor, artist, or teacher in the applicant’s field
- Creating a business plan or marketing plan
- Travel, hotel, meals and/or registration expenses for workshops or a training program
- Attending a residency for the purpose of learning a new artistic/scholarly skill or technique and/or creating new work
The application deadline has passed.
If you are a grantee, login to the FluidReview application portal HERE to sign your grant agreement and fill out your final report.
Guides for FluidReview:
- Download the FY21 ASPG Application Template (Know that this is a template for your reference only. All applications, and relevant materials must be submitted online)