Arts Residencies in Schools Grants

Arts Residencies in Schools Grants (ARSG) support individual teaching artists and scholars trained in curriculum-based art techniques to serve students from communities that have traditionally received insufficient resources and that have limited access to arts education experiences throughout the school year. Teaching artists are required to collaborate with a classroom teacher to develop an arts program for students during the school day. The program must benefit students in a public or non-public elementary, middle or high school located in Montgomery County.

Applicants may apply for and receive up to $6,000 and no less than $1,000.

The FY21 ARSG application will open in the fall of 2020. To be notified when the FY21 ARSG guidelines are released, please sign up for AHCMC’s newsletter at the bottom of the page.

By awarding Arts Residencies in Schools Grants, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) seeks to:

  • Provide funding for arts based programming that connects to the Montgomery County or Maryland State curriculum
  • Promote diverse arts education offerings and experiences to students in Montgomery County
  • Forge relationships amongst artists, teachers, and students through interactive, participatory programs
  • Allow students to interact and learn from artists; an opportunity that students may not have if these collaborations did not exist
  • Support students from communities that have traditionally received insufficient resources
  • Encourage artists and scholars to apply for the Maryland State Arts Council’s Artist in Residence Roster
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Friday, October 25, 2019 - 11:59 pm

AHCMC Grants Team

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

FY20 Submission Deadlines

  • The FY20 submission deadline has passed
  • Application – Friday, October 25, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.

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 January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

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Additional Dates Post-Application

  • Panel Review – November 2019
  • Award Announcement – late December 2019
  • FY21 Final Report Due – January 31, 2021
Workshops + Webinars

Workshops at AHCMC

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.


  • Monday, October 7, 2019 – 11:00 a.m.

All AHCMC webinars will be hosted through the Zoom platform.

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 FY20 ARSG Guidelines

Required Application Materials:

An eligible teaching artist must submit:

  1. Completed Narrative
  2. Artist Profile
    • The profile of the artist as shown on the AHCMC Teaching Artists Roster, or the Maryland State
      Arts Council Artists in Residence Roster
  3. Letter of Commitment
    • New requirement! A letter of commitment submitted by the classroom teacher or school
  4. “Schools at a Glance” Information Sheet
    • The sheet can be located here
    • If the school partner is not a public school, please provide information that is comparable to
      that found on the MCPS website, including the FARMS and ESOL rate for the school.
  5. Work Sample
  6. Supplemental Materials

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be a Teaching Artist who meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have established a relationship with a public, nonpublic, elementary, middle, or high school based in Montgomery County
    • The school must hold a Certificate of Approval from the Maryland State Board of Education, or be operated by a bona fide church organization as defined by the regulations of the Maryland State Board of Education
    • The school must be able to commit at least one teacher to collaborate with the artist/scholar
  • Resides in Montgomery County
  • Is listed on the AHCMC Teaching Artist Roster and/or the Maryland State Artists in Residence Roster

Project Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, the project must:

  • Serve students at a school with a school-wide FARMS rate greater than 35% as listed on the MCPS School at a Glance; OR
  • Serve students within a clearly defined program that benefits ESOL students, and/or students with disabilities. The defined program must be listed on the school’s MCPS School at a Glance page, nonpublic schools must provide comparable information; AND
  • Be implemented by the artist listed in one of the approved rosters.

Click here for a list of all MCPS Schools with their 2017-2018 FARMS rates.


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 FY20 ARSG Application Template (Know that this is a template for your reference only. All applications, and relevant materials must be submitted online)
  • Download instructions for how to create an account on FluidReview
  • Download instructions for how to navigate FluidReview
Previous Grants Awarded

Find a list of grants awarded for Arts Residencies in Schools Grants in previous years HERE.

Review all of our grants awarded from any grants category HERE.