Relief Fund Overview

The Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) understands that due to the novel coronavirus, the creative sector continues to deal with significant uncertainty. Many arts and humanities organizations and individual artists and scholars are experiencing serious challenges affecting their programming, staffing, and financial stability.

In response to the disastrous impact of this pandemic on a highly vulnerable sector, the Montgomery County Government and AHCMC are providing emergency relief funds. The Arts & Humanities COVID-19 Relief Fund is available to Montgomery County, MD based non-profit arts and/or humanities organizations and individual artists and scholars experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

The Arts & Humanities COVID-19 Relief Fund allows recipients the flexibility to use funds for their most urgent needs, supporting day-to-day operating costs and furthering the general mission or work of an organization or individual artist/scholar. Rather than funding a particular project, relief funds provide support to the recipient as a whole and can be used for programming costs or vital administration costs, such as rent, utilities, and employee salaries.

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Important Dates

Application Deadline
Monday, September 14, 2020 - 11:59 pm

Technical Application Questions?

Ana-Alicia Feng
Grants Program Coordinator
(301) 565-3805 ext. 21
Karen Judson
Grants Program Manager
(301) 565-3804
Organizations

Estimated Awards

Relief funds are set for fixed amounts determined by the size of an organization’s allowable annual cash operating expenses or revenue prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, whichever is lower.

 Organizations without 501(c)(3) Estimated Award
 All                 $2,500
 Organizations with 501(c)(3) Estimated Award
 Allowable Operating Budget:  
 Less than $25,000                 $3,000
 At least $25,000 and less than $50,000                 $5,000
 At least $50,000 and less than $100,000                 $10,000
 At least $100,000 and less than $250,000                 $17,500
 At least $250,000 and less than $500,000                 $30,500
 At least $500,000 and less than $1,000,000                 $60,000
 At least $1,000,000 and less than $3,000,000                 $85,000
 At least $3,000,000 or more                 $100,000

Limitations

The Arts & Humanities COVID-19 Relief Fund for Organizations will not fund:

  • Capital improvements, construction, or renovation projects;
  • Rental costs for a County-owned facility;
  • Fundraising activities, including costs of receptions, refreshments, or food;
  • Purchase of real property including land, buildings, warehouses, offices, and anything affixed to the land;
  • Activities for the exclusive benefit of an organization’s members;
  • Cost of souvenirs such as T-shirts;
  • Debt retirement;
  • Scholarships, awards, or tuition assistance awarded by the organization;
  • Political advocacy or activities that support and/or promote the interests of any one political party or candidate; and
  • Travel outside of Montgomery County.

Organization Eligibility Requirements

An organization may be eligible to apply for Arts & Humanities COVID-19 Relief Funds if the applicant can demonstrate that it has met all the following criteria by the published deadline:

  • Has its primary mission 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;
  • Operates as a non-profit or demonstrates 501(c)(3) status through one of the following ways:
    • The applicant has 501(c)(3) status, as evidenced by their IRS Letter of Determination;
    • The applicant operates as a specific arts and/or humanities entity or division within a larger 501(c)(3) organization whose primary mission is not arts or humanities based;
    • If the applicant is not formally recognized by the IRS as a public charity or otherwise officially established as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) institution, the applicant must operate in the manner of a non-profit organization (the group’s net earnings cannot be distributed to those who control it).
  • Has been in business for at least one year;
  • Has its primary office in Montgomery County;
  • Has previously offered at least one public program/event in Montgomery County; and
  • Is governed by an independent, legally liable Board operating under a mission statement for the organization and an operating budget specific to the organization.

Budget Eligibility Requirements

Non-allowable cash operating expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Investment Fees
  • Interest Expenses
  • Re-granting
  • Capital improvements/other related costs
  • Depreciation
  • Loan principal payments
  • In-kind donations
  • Bad debt

Non-allowable cash operating income include, but are not limited to:

  • Unrealized gains or losses
  • Investment revenues (interest and dividends)
  • In-kind donations
  • Revenue raised for capital
  • Funds intended for re-granting
    Individuals

    Estimated Awards

    Eligible individual artists/scholars will receive a minimum of $1,000.

    Limitations

    The Arts & Humanities COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individual Artists & Scholars will not fund:

    • Capital improvements, construction, or renovation projects;
    • Fundraising activities;
    • The costs of receptions, refreshments, or food for a public event;
    • Purchase of property;
    • Debt retirement;
    • Scholarships, awards, or tuition assistance awarded;
    • Political advocacy, or activities that support or promote the interests of any one political party or candidate; and
    • Travel outside of Montgomery County.

    Eligibility Requirements

    An individual may be eligible to apply for Arts & Humanities COVID-19 Relief Funds if the applicant can demonstrate that they have met all the following criteria by the published deadline:

    • Is a practicing artist or scholar with demonstrated ability in the arts and/or humanities and derives income from their creative work;
      • May be asked to produce evidence of a professional body of work;
    • Has resided in Montgomery County for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the application deadline; and
    • Is currently experiencing economic duress due to COVID-19.

    **This funding opportunity is designed to benefit individual artists and scholars, not groups. AHCMC will not make payments to fiscal sponsors.**

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