Artists & Scholars Project Grants

Artists & Scholars Project Grants (ASPG) 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.

We are no longer accepting applications for FY21 ASPG. Sign up for the Grants Newsletter below to receive updates about the FY22 grants cycle!

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Important Dates

Application Deadline
Friday, February 7, 2020 - 11:59 pm


Ana-Alicia Feng
Grants Program Coordinator
(301) 565-3805 ext. 21
Karen Judson
Grants Program Manager
(301) 565-3804
Takenya LaViscount
Grants Director
(240) 839-4519
Dates + Deadlines

FY21 Submission Important Dates

  • Guidelines Published – Monday, December 23, 2019
  • Application Deadline – 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 (conference call)
    • Friday, April 10, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Award Announcement – late June 2020
  • FY21 Final Report Due – July 31, 2021
Workshops + Webinars

Workshops at AHCMC

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m
  • This event has passed


  • 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.

Guidelines + Eligibility


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:

  1. Completed Narrative
  2. List of key staff and/or volunteers with bios (if applicable)
  3. Programming Support Materials
  4. Work Sample(s)

    Eligibility Requirements

    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.

    We are no longer accepting submissions for FY21.

    If you are a grantee, all grant agreements and final reports must be completed on the FluidReview portal. Access FluidReview by clicking here.

    Guides for FluidReview:

    *Know that these are templates for your reference only – all applications and relevant materials must be submitted through FluidReview.*

    Previous Grants Awarded

    FY21 Artists & Scholars Project Grants

    $155,556 awarded for July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

    Artists & Scholars Project Grants support the work of individual artists and scholars who reside in Montgomery County. Projects focus on the creation and/or presentation of artistic/scholarly work and can also support professional development. 41 artists and scholars were awarded in FY20.

    Click here to review grants awarded for Artists & Scholars Project Grants from previous fiscal years, and all grants awarded from our other grants categories.

    Adrienne Clancy

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($5,000)

    Dancer whose work explores architecturally informed partnering developed among diverse artists.

    Adrienne Moumin

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($2,606)

    Visual artist specializing in hand-cut-and-assembled gelatin silver photo collages, and for the black and white photographs from which they are made.

    Alyscia Cunningham

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($5,000)

    Author, filmmaker, photographer, and lecturer whose work focuses on changing the dialogue about beauty standards for women through documentary film and unaltered photography.

    Amy Finkelstein

    Takoma Park, Maryland ($4,000)

    Photographer specializing in straight analog photos of mixed-media constructions of materials as a means of mirroring our general sense of contemporary complexities, and as an attempt to hold the viewer in an act of questioning.

    Anthony Harvey

    Germantown, Maryland ($3,500)

    Fashion designer for Indiskreet, catering to the multifaceted lifestyles of people living in urban areas through vibrant colors and graphics on vogue silhouettes.

    Barbara Siegel

    Kensington, Maryland ($3,600)

    Visual artist interested in sparking fresh and productive conversations about difficult subjects through the mark-making process of painting.

    Beverly Ress

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($2,160)

    Visual artist focused on depictions of natural history and medical specimens using colored pencil on paper, which is then further manipulated with abstract post-rendering interventions to contrast the representational drawing.

    Bonnie Rich

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($3,750)

    Director, writer, and speaker interested in expanding offerings and points of engagement with her feature debut, a personal documentary about her family’s relationship with Jewish traditions.

    Carol Solomon

    Montgomery Village, Maryland ($3,136)

    Author who writes contemporary domestic fiction set in common places ordinary people encounter daily, transformed into settings for tragedy and triumph as ordinary people face their passions and fears.

    Cissa Paz

    North Bethesda, Maryland ($3,750)

    Musician influenced by the local jazz sounds and her Brazilian African-Indigenous background.

    Cory Orbendorfer

    Rockville, Maryland ($3,564)

    Visual artist focused on a pop art style, offering the viewer the comfort of the familiar with subtle indications that memories of the past are idealized more than the reality of the experience.

    Damon Arhos

    Takoma Park, Maryland ($4,392)

    Interdisciplinary visual artist seeking to expose the destructive nature of prejudice while advocating for compassion.

    Danielle Mysliwiec

    Takoma Park, Maryland ($2,168)

    Visual artist specializing in intricately woven abstract paintings, using a specialized tool to extrude wet oil paint in “threads.”

    Deepak Ram

    North Bethesda, Maryland ($4,000)

    Musician known for evocative performances in traditional North Indian (Hindustani) classical music, collaborations with musicians of other genres, and innovative compositions.

    Derek Ross

    Chevy Chase, Maryland ($3,500)

    Musician focused on performing and producing an album with the ukulele.

    Dominick Rabrun

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($4,750)

    Multidisciplinary visual artist whose work is a mixture of traditional practices merged with experimental but equally important digital practices.

    Elzbieta Sikorska

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($3,750)

    Visual artist whose initial interest in pencil drawings has evolved into extending drawing into new areas such as printmaking, papermaking, and photoetching.

    Erin Roberts

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($5,000)

    Author focused on writing speculative fiction, creating new worlds as a creative framework to explore the one that we all live in.

    Fleur Gedamke

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($4,500)

    Photographer whose work captures the in-between moments that are overlooked yet embody the heart of the subject matter.

    Frank Martin

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($4,500)

    Musician who performs folk-soul original and cover songs on acoustic guitar and harmonica.

    Hillary Steel

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($5,000)

    Visual artist specializing in weaving and resist dyeing, incorporating ikat and plangi into hand-woven wall pieces.

    Jack Boul

    Bethesda, Maryland ($4,000)

    Visual artist whose work, although representational, maintains that all art is essentially abstract and as much about relationships as about any ostensible subject matter.

    Jacqueline Hoysted

    Bethesda, Maryland ($4,000)

    Multimedia project-based artist and activist, primarily focused on advancing awareness of social and political issues.

    Javier Farias

    Potomac, Maryland ($2,700)

    Musician and composer, writing extensively for the guitar in varying genres ranging from solo classical and electric to full guitar ensembles, as well as other instrumental combinations.

    Jeremy Eig

    Chevy Chase, Maryland ($2,880)

    Musician and devoted advocate for new music, particularly the expansion of the clarinet solo literature.

    John Weber

    Kensington, Maryland ($1,947)

    Visual artist specializing in oil painting, whose representational works are about personal connection.

    Liliane Blom

    Rockville, Maryland ($3,750)

    Visual artist focused on creating installations and digital paintings exploring invisible boundaries.

    Lynn Alleva Lilley

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($3,750)

    Photographer whose work is rooted in a connection with place and nature, with a particular interest in the photobook as a uniquely intimate way of presenting works.

    Megan Maher

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($3,750)

    Mixed-media artist whose work explores the interactions between line, color, and materials.

    Melissa Ezelle

    Takoma Park, Maryland ($2,709)

    Printmaker and mixed-media artist exploring the traditional printmaking process to create handmade standalone prints, as well as prints on fabric using lithographic, screen print, or collagraph intaglio processes, all of which are often further manipulated to make new compositions.

    Muriel Hasbun

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($5,000)

    Visual artist focused on cultural identity and memory.

    Pam Eichner

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($3,000)

    Mixed-media artist whose work involves layering paint, netting, filaments, torn paper, and cut digital drawings to explore the mysteries of movement.

    Paula Stone

    Bethesda, Maryland ($4,750)

    Playwright whose body of work is comprised of mostly comedies, and whose most recent work follows the bittersweet struggles of an adult daughter caring for her aging mother.

    Robyn Shrater Seemann

    Potomac, Maryland ($3,750)

    Storyteller focused on personal experiences, literally and abstractly, to give observant Jewish women a voice, who have historically not had the opportunities to share their perspective.

    Sarah Avery

    Rockville, Maryland ($3,995)

    Author with a concentration on fantasy literature that presents increasing human freedom as an instrument of re-enchantment in a damaged world that can be healed.

    Sarah Frisof

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($2,314)

    Musician trained as a classical flutist, focused on highlighting flute music composed by women, and the documentation of female composers.

    Seema Reza

    Rockville, Maryland ($3,655)

    Author and performer exploring the relationship between form and content, and how multiple mediums can lead to varying discoveries for both audience and author.

    Sophia Belkin

    Gaithersburg, Maryland ($4,230)

    Visual artist whose artistic practice combines dye painting, photography, digital techniques, and embroidery in innovative and unprecedented ways to explore the relation between nature and toxicity.

    Suneeta Misra

    North Potomac, Maryland ($5,000)

    Filmmaker with a passion for fictional and documentary films that show the social conditions in both India and in the South Asian diaspora of the United States.

    Susan Donnelly

    Kensington, Maryland ($4,500)

    Media artist whose work includes graphic design, editorial, and marketing for major media outlets, as well as a documentary about the first Jewish farming colony in the United States.

    Susan Goldman

    Rockville, Maryland ($4,250)

    Visual artist focused on transforming still life subject matter into dynamic, modern imagery using combined printmaking mediums of monotype, woodcut, and screen print to create a balance between decorative Victorian art and modernism.