Programming & Capacity Building Project Grants

Programming & Capacity Building Project Grants (PCBPG), formerly known as Project Grants for Small Arts and Humanities Organizations, support the work of Montgomery County based arts and humanities organizations and groups that may or may not be incorporated as nonprofit organizations. Grants support organizations and groups that 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. Funded projects must take place in Montgomery County. Grants for FY21 will be awarded for activities occurring from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Applicants that provide proof of 501(c)(3) status may request and may be awarded one grant ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Applicants that do not have 501(c)(3) status may request and may be awarded one grant ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

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 between the organization/group and the community in the planning, participation, and evaluation of public activity/activities, which include intentional strategies for diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.
  • 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
  • Stimulate local support and involvement in the arts and humanities, including volunteer participation, audience development, and financial
  • Strengthen the scholarly and artistic capabilities of arts and humanities
  • Improve and/or stabilize the management infrastructure and effectiveness of arts and humanities organizations/groups.
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Deadlines

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 11:59 pm

AHCMC Grants Team

Ana-Alicia Feng
Grants Program Coordinator
(301) 565-3805 x21
Karen Judson
Grants Program Manager
(301) 565-3804
Takenya LaViscount
Senior Grants Program Manager
(240) 839-4519
Dates + Deadlines

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 + Webinars

Workshops at AHCMC

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • This event has passed

Webinars

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • 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

Guidelines

Click here to view the full FY21 PCBPG Guidelines


Required Application Materials:

An eligible organization must submit:

  1. Completed Narrative
  2. Organizational Support Materials
    • IRS Letter
    • List of Board of Directors
    • List of key staff
    • Strategic plan (if available)
  3. Financial Support Materials
    • FY19 990, 990EZ, or 990N (must be received by AHCMC no later than June 1, 2020)
    • Financial statements (Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet) for the most recently completed fiscal year
    • Current fiscal year operating budget with actuals year-to-date
  4. Programming Support Materials
  5. Work Sample(s)

An eligible group must submit:

  1. Completed Narrative
  2. Organizational Support Materials
    • IRS Letter (if applicable)
    • List of Board of Directors (if applicable)
    • List of key staff
    • Strategic plan (if available)
  3. Financial Support Materials
    • FY19 990, 990EZ, or 990N (must be received by AHCMC no later than June 1, 2020, if applicable)
    • FY19 financial statements (Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet)
    • Year-to-date financial statements
  4. Programming Support Materials
  5. Work Sample(s)

Eligibility Requirements

An organization or group is eligible to apply for an award if the applicant meets all the following requirements:

  • Has had its primary mission or objective the exhibition, presentation, production or performance of, and/or education in, an arts and/or humanities discipline;
  • Has had its primary location and/or a verifiable mailing address in Montgomery County for at least 12-consecutive months immediately prior to the grant deadline; and
  • Operates as a not-for-profit.
    • The organization or group may or may not be incorporated and may or may not be formally recognized by the IRS as a public charity or otherwise officially established as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) institution. Regardless, the applicant must operate in the manner of a not-for-profit organization. The group’s net earnings cannot be distributed to those who control it.

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 the grant application.

  • Performances, presentations, or exhibitions of a visual, performing, media art or folk and traditional arts
  • Festivals or events that include folk and traditional arts, performing arts, literary arts, visual arts or multidisciplinary activities incorporating more than one art form
  • Historical presentations, archeological programs, or historical reenactments
  • Poetry readings, author lectures, or script workshops
  • Public art, including community mural projects
  • Professional development activities for staff and/or Board
  • Strategic planning/organizational capacity building projects
  • Technological upgrades needed to bolster organizational capacity
Application

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:

Previous Grants Awarded

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