Programming & Capacity Building Project Grants

Programming & Capacity Building Project Grants (PCBPG) are available to arts and/or humanities organizations and groups located in Montgomery County, MD that may or may not be incorporated as non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Grant awards support projects for organizations and groups that work in a wide array of arts and humanities disciplines including performing arts, folk and traditional arts, media arts, visual arts, literary arts, history, and philosophy. Grants for FY22 will be awarded for activities occurring between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Award amounts range from at least $1,000 up to $10,000. Requests for over $5,000 require the applicant to submit proof of 501(c)(3) status.

By awarding Programming & Capacity Building Project Grants, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) seeks to:

  • Encourage organizations/groups to maintain an active, two-way, ongoing relationship with the community in the planning, participation, and evaluation of public activity/activities, which include intentional strategies for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA);
  • Promote stability and healthy growth for arts and humanities organizations/groups by supporting enhanced capacity needs;
  • Help ensure diverse arts and humanities experiences for constituents of Montgomery County, MD;
  • Stimulate local support and involvement in the arts and humanities, including volunteer participation, audience development, and financial contributions;
  • Strengthen the scholarly and artistic capabilities of arts and humanities organizations/groups; and
  • Improve and/or stabilize the management infrastructure and effectiveness of arts and humanities organizations/groups.

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    Important Dates

    Application Deadline
    Friday, February 12, 2021 - 11:59 pm


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

    FY22 Submission Important Dates

    • Guidelines Published – Wednesday, December 23, 2020
    • Application Deadline – Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
    • This deadline has passed.

    First-time applicants are highly encouraged to contact AHCMC grants staff. All applications and relevant materials must be submitted online through AHCMC’s grants portal, SurveyMonkey Apply (SM Apply).

    Late applications and relevant materials will not be accepted.


    Additional Dates Post-Application

    • Panel Review (virtual) – March 2021
    • Award Announcement – late June 2021
    • FY22 Final Report Due – July 31, 2022
      Workshops + Webinars


      • Friday, January 22, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
      • Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
      • These events have passed.

        All AHCMC webinars will be hosted through the Zoom platform. Go to our Workshops & Webinars page to see upcoming workshops and webinars for all open grant categories.

        Webinars allow grant-seekers to ask AHCMC grants staff specific questions about the grant guidelines, application, and online grants portal.

        At every webinar, grants staff will review major eligibility requirements, present an overview of the grant category, and offer technical assistance for both the application process and the online grants portal.

        Guidelines + Eligibility


        Required Application Materials for Organizations:

        1. A Completed Narrative
        2. Organizational Support Materials
          • IRS Letter of Determinations;
          • List of Board of Directors;
          • Bios of key staff and volunteers;
          • Current Strategic Plan, if available; and
          • Organizational Chart, if available.
        3. Financial Support Materials
          • FY20 990, 990EZ, or 990N, or letter of extension (990 must be received by AHCMC no later than June 1, 2021);
          • Profit & Loss Statement for the most recently completed fiscal year;
          • Balance Sheet for the most recently completed fiscal year; and
          • Current fiscal year operating budget with actuals year-to-date
        4. Programming Support Materials
        5. Work Sample(s)

        Required Application Materials for Groups:

        1. A Completed Narrative
        2. Group Support Materials
          • List of group members;
          • Bios of key staff and volunteers;
          • Current Strategic plan, if available; and
          • Organizational Chart, if available.
        3. Financial Support Materials
          • Operating budget with actuals for the most recently completed fiscal year;
          • Current fiscal year’s operating budget with actuals year-to-date; and
          • Current Balance Sheet, if available.
        4. Programming Support Materials
        5. Work Sample(s)

        Eligibility Requirements

        An organization/group eligible to apply must meet all the following requirements by the published application deadline:

        • Has its primary mission or objective as the exhibition, presentation, production or performance of, and/or education in, an arts and/or humanities discipline, and/or provides support services to artists and/or scholars and/or arts and/or humanities organizations;
        • Has had its primary location and/or a verifiable mailing address in Montgomery County, MD for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the application deadline;
        • Operates as a non-profit:
          • The organization or group1 may or may not be incorporated and may or may not be formally recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a public charity or otherwise officially established as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) institution. However, the applicant must operate in the manner of a non-profit (the organization’s/group’s net earnings cannot be distributed to those who control it); and
        • Has met all outstanding requirements for any grant(s) received from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County in prior years.

        Project Eligibility Requirements

        Eligible project-types include any of the following:

        • The creation of new work
        • A public event or program
        • Capacity building

        Eligible activities must:

        • Take place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.
        • Take place in Montgomery County, MD.
          • Activities that include events or programs must be open to the public with or without an admission fee, in person or virtually. If in person, activities should follow current COVID-19 guidelines for in-person events as required by the Montgomery County Health Department.
        • Include the creation of new work, a public event/program, and/or capacity building.
        Application + Templates

        This application deadline has passed.

        Need to review or download your application? Access SurveyMonkey Apply (SM Apply) here:

        For current grantees, all grant agreements and final reports must be completed online through AHCMC’s grants portal, SurveyMonkey Apply (SM Apply).

        FY22 PCBPG Templates:

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

        Previous Grants Awarded

        FY21 Programming & Capacity Building Project Grants (PCBPG)

        $153,575 awarded for July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

        Programming & Capacity Building Project Grants provide support for the high-quality programs open to the public, as well as capacity-building projects, of arts and humanities organizations or groups that may or may not have 501(c)(3) status. 28 organizations received FY21 awards within this category.

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

        Best Medicine Rep

        Gaithersburg, Maryland ($7,200)

        Best Medicine Rep is a professional theater specializing in new comedies. Best Medicine Rep fosters community through shared laughter, empathy and purpose. Performed stories provide a communal experience and the shared joy of laughter.

        Bethesda Little Theatre

        Olney, Maryland ($3,750)

        Bethesda Little Theatre (BLT) is dedicated to producing performances intended to entertain audiences in our local community and to encourage public appreciation of theater. BLT donates a portion of their profits to the Patient Emergency Fund and other charities managed by NIH and NIH R&W Association. BLT is focused on giving back to the community, and also performs shows at senior living centers throughout the year.


        Rockville, Maryland ($7,000)

        The Rockville Bach Academy enriches the community with classical music through its ensemble of professional musicians, ChorSymphonica. The organization inspires, educates, enlightens, and enriches the community with unique choral concerts, performed at the highest artistic standard. ChorSymphonica strives to promote appreciation for and understanding of classical music, often bilingually, through educational programming such as Conversation Concerts.

        Damascus Theatre Company

        Damascus, Maryland ($2,730)

        Damascus Theatre Company (DTC) entertains, engages, and inspires theatrical artists and audiences from the diverse communities of Montgomery County, MD. Since its inception 34 years ago, DTC has pursued 3 goals: 1) producing award winning community musical theatre; 2) continued development of its DTC Junior program; and 3) positively impacting the community through affordable tickets and membership fees, discounts to community organizations, offering workshops and community service hours for students.

        DC South Asian Arts Council Inc.

        Gaithersburg, Maryland ($5,000)

        The DCSAACI is the South Asian cultural Ambassador to promote music, films, dance, theater, books, painting, and host panel discussions on important social issues. The organization brings people together, celebrates what we have in common and appreciates South Asian art, culture, and food. DCSAACI hosts the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF), highlighting the best in alternative cinema from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

        F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.

        Rockville, Maryland ($7,200)

        The organization fosters understanding and appreciation of the literary arts (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, play/screenwriting, and literary journalism.) The organization sponsors the annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, which recognizes an outstanding American writer, and supports, encourages, and assists aspiring and emerging writers and students through short story contests and workshops. The organization also works with other cultural organizations to keep the legacy of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and their ties to Maryland alive.


        Rockville, Maryland ($3,750)

        FocusMusic brings folk and acoustic music to a growing audience through performance, education, and participation in the musical folk arts. FocusMusic works collaboratively with other nonprofit folk and acoustic music presenters, and provides performance opportunities for emerging and nationally touring singer-songwriters.

        Four Seasons Dancers, Inc.

        Rockville, Maryland ($4,540)

        Dedicated to the development, exploration, and advancement of international dance and to the service and promotion of the art of dance, Four Season’s Dancers focuses exclusively on presenting a globally-inspired program that reflects the cultures and heritages of various nations. Works are presented to the community at-large, as well as to the senior and differently abled community through outreach programs.

        Harmony Express

        Germantown, Maryland ($3,024)

        Harmony Express is a barbershop-style mixed a cappella chorus, and the Germantown, MD chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (aka the Society For The Preservation And Encouragement Of Barbershop Quartet Singing In America), whose motto is Everyone in Harmony. Harmony Express generates fun through excellence, celebrating harmony in the barbershop style, promoting fellowship and friendship among members, enhancing the community through performance, and participating in Barbershop Harmony Society events and competitions.

        AmaZing Theatre Company, Inc. (formerly Heralds of Hope Theatre Company)

        Laytonsville, Maryland ($7,500)

        AmaZing Theatre Company is an African American theater company established in Montgomery County in 2008. The theater supports artists through education, training, promoting and assisting new playwrights. Focused on the growth of diverse audiences, the theater promotes value-based plays that depict contemporary real-life issues and universal themes in society.

        Kolot Halev

        Kensington, Maryland ($7,500)

        Kolot HaLev is a non-audition community choir that provide opportunities for any member of the community to participate in choral music. Kolot HaLev enhances the musical capabilities of members through a commitment to musical excellence, shares and preserves the diversity of Jewish history, liturgy, and culture by entertaining and educating as broad an audience as possible, while striving to build bridges of communication and understanding between denominations and communities.

        Montgomery Philharmonic, Inc.

        Rockville, Maryland ($7,500)

        Montgomery Philharmonic is a community-based symphony orchestra that serves the public through high quality programing of symphonic orchestra music that is adventurous and engaging, welcoming its musicians, audience, and celebrating education, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion.

        Montgomery Symphony Orchestra

        Takoma Park, Maryland ($4,603)

        The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is a community orchestra dedicated to providing free quality public classical music performances and educational programs. Originally founded in 1946, MSO’s objectives are to offer members the opportunity to play and develop as musicians; support young musicians from the community through concerts; highlight music by diverse composers; and enhance appreciation of live orchestral music for community audiences.

        NIH Community Orchestra

        Bethesda, Maryland ($2,590)

        NIH Community Orchestra (NIHCO) takes pride in being a friendly, community-oriented group that prepares quality music performances for audiences in Montgomery County and encourages members musical growth. Members of NIHCO include employees of NIH, other government agencies, the private sector, and retirees. In lieu of charging admission, concert patrons are invited to donate to the NIH Charities, which include Children’s Inn at NIH, Special Love camps, and Friends of Patients at NIH.

        NIH Philharmonia

        Bethesda, Maryland ($3,500)

        NIH Philharmonia performs free and educational classical music concerts for the community in an intimate concert experience that engages concertgoers of all ages. Presented with a high level of musical excellence, the annual concert series includes well-known works, new works, and pieces rarely performed by orchestras. The goal is to reach out to audience members who range in age from 3 to 102 and inspire them through classical music.

        Orfeia Vocal Ensemble

        Silver Spring, Maryland ($4,485)

        Orfeia Vocal Ensemble is an all-woman’s vocal ensemble dedicated to keeping alive and sharing the unique vocal traditions of Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. Under the direction of its Artistic Director and celebrated Bulgarian singer and composer Tatiana Sarbinska, through performances and workshops, Orfeia is uniquely able to reproduce the unforgettable, authentic sound of Balkan women’s village singing and folklore choruses, making rich, diverse, and beautiful music, together with its cultural context, accessible to audiences.

        Peace Mountain Theatre Company

        Darnestown, Maryland ($4,320)

        Peace Mountain Theatre Company (PMTC) produces quality theatrical productions and educational programs that entertain the senses, engage the mind and touch the heart. PMTC addresses subjects and explores issues that are of importance to the community. The theater produces educational outreach programs that incorporate the talents of actors and the theatrical medium in a unique and stimulating manner to raise awareness. PMTC includes equity, diversity, and inclusion considerations in all aspects of their operation.

        Peter’s Alley Inc.

        Bethesda, Maryland ($5,000)

        Peter’s Alley is dedicated to creating uniquely intimate works of dramatic realism crafted in an environment of kind, respectful collaboration.

        Rockville Brass Band

        Silver Spring, Maryland ($6,129)

        Rockville Brass Band is a 38-piece brass and percussion ensemble based in Montgomery County. The band dedicates itself to establishing and preserving the British brass band tradition by performing a full range of musical styles including marches, classical, jazz, and popular music. The band strives for musical excellence while promoting the British brass band tradition.

        Six Degree Singers

        Silver Spring, Maryland ($7,500)

        Six Degree Singers (SDS) was founded in 2009 as a community choir with the goal of keeping musical training and knowledge relevant to the lives of young professionals and the communities they are creating. SDS is a musical community of friends, families, parents, and coworkers. SDS gives back to the place that supported and nurtured its musical dream. To do this, SDS provides performance opportunities, free musical education, and public outreach to keep music fresh and alive as a vital part of the community.

        Tagore Music Group of Grater Washington, DC

        North Potomac, Maryland ($5,000)

        Tagore Music Group of Greater Washington DC strives to familiarize the community of theatergoers in the Greater Washington DC area with the Nobel-laureate Indian poet/lyricist/thinker Rabindranath Tagore’s philosophy of peace, humanity, and equality through the staging of his dramas, dance-dramas, and musicals. The audience gets a chance to experience an excellent playwright’s work; the cast and crew receive a hands-on education on all aspects of staging a successful play.

        The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Foundation, Inc.

        Bethesda, Maryland ($7,200)

        The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Foundation is a non-profit music and educational organization. The Foundation provides an educational environment and opportunities for young musicians to experience and perform jazz music. The Foundation created the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra (“BBJYO”) in 2017 for musicians, ages 11 to 17.

        The National String Symphonia

        North Bethesda, Maryland ($7,200)

        The National String Symphonia (NSS) is a fully professional symphonic string orchestra. The NSS preserves, promotes, and presents string orchestra music through a diverse array of concert performances, educational workshops, and innovative programming.

        Trinity Chamber Orchestra

        Germantown, Maryland ($5,330)

        The Trinity Chamber Orchestra performs outstanding sacred and secular music from the Baroque period through the present. The orchestra is made up of dedicated professional and avocational musicians. Volunteer musicians come together because they love making music together and giving joy to their audiences. There is no requirement to belong to a faith group and there is no proselytizing.

        Unexpected Stage Company

        Gaithersburg, Maryland ($5,100)

        Unexpected Stage Company is a professional theater that dedicates itself to honoring the intricacies and intimacies of the complete human experience. To that end, Unexpected Stage Company seeks to unite people, place, and storytelling to explore interconnection.

        Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra

        Rockville, Maryland ($4,424)

        The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra and choir that shares and celebrates video game music with a wide audience by offering affordable, accessible concerts.

        Wildwood Summer Theatre

        Bethesda, Maryland ($7,000)

        Wildwood Summer Theatre strives to improve the quality of Maryland’s youth summer theatre. The theatre creates an educational yet professional environment in which youth, fourteen to twenty-five, can discover, explore, and refine a passion for theatrical production based on the core values of accountability, respect, quality, integrity, and teamwork.

        FY21 Grantees

        Information for FY21 Grantees

        Additional Dates Post-Application

        • Final Report Deadline – July 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

        All reports must be submitted online through SM Apply: