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
Grants Director
(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 (conference call)
    • Friday, April 3, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.
  • Award Announcement – late June 2020
  • FY21 Final Report Due – July 31, 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.

We are no longer accepting submissions for this year.

If you are a grantee, all grant agreements and final reports must be completed on the FluidReview application portal. Click HERE to login.

Guides for FluidReview:

Previous Grants Awarded

FY20 Small Arts & Humanities Organizations & Groups Project Grants

*renamed Programming & Capacity Building Project Grants in FY21*

$109,400 awarded for July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Small Arts & Humanities Organizations & Groups Project Grants fund organizations with annual cash operating expenses and income up to $50,000. Grants support high-quality programs for the public offered by arts/humanities organizations or groups that may or may not have 501(c)(3) status. Twenty-four organizations were awarded in FY20.

Review Small Arts & Humanities Organizations & Groups Project Grants from previous fiscal years and all of our grants awarded from any grants category HERE.

Bethesda Little Theatre

Olney, Maryland ($5,000)

Grant funds will be used for theater rental, set design, costumes, promotion, and an honorarium for the director, stage manager, and musicians to support a two-hour musical stage performance. Performances will take place over two weekends: Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees.

DC South Asian Arts Council Inc

Gaithersburg, Maryland ($5,000)

Grant funds will be used for movie fees, equipment rentals, and honorarium for visiting artists.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.

Rockville, Maryland ($4,900)

Grant funds will be used to help pay expenses for the annual literary conference. Costs includes the facility rental, featured speaker, workshop fees, printing, and supplies.

FocusMusic

Rockville, Maryland ($3,920)

Grant funds will be used to; 1) Coordinate production of Focus Gaithersburg & Focus Rockville shows; 2) Develop joint projects with other nonprofit organizations that produce folk and acoustic concerts in Montgomery County; and 3) Pay the Focus Bethesda and Rockville sound tech costs.

Halau Nohona Hawaii

Silver Spring, Maryland ($5,000)

Grants funds will be used for venue, costumes, stage decorations, and dance implements.

Heralds of Hope Theater Company

Laytonsville, Maryland ($5,000)

Grant funds will be used to pay the publishing house Samuel French royalty fees for the script Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, and Randolph Road Theater in Silver Spring for rehearsal and performance time.

Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theatre (HGCBT)

Poolseville, Maryland ($4,900)

Grant funds will be used to defray theater rental costs for the production of A Christmas Carol, HGCBT’s ballet adaptation of the Dickens classic, to be performed at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater in Rockville, Maryland.

Montgomery Philharmonic, Inc., (MP)

Rockville, Maryland ($5,000)

Grant funds will be used for program costs for MP’s FY20 concert season, including orchestral performance and educational programming, Summer Reading Sessions, Youth Chamber Music Festival, adult education master classes, professional musicians, and for senior outreach.

Montgomery Symphony Orchestra

Takoma Park, Maryland ($4,000)

Grant funds will be used to present a youth concerto free for the community in downtown Silver Spring. The concert will feature middle and/or high school soloists performing in concert with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.

National Institutes of Health Community Orchestra (NIHCO)

Bethesda, Maryland ($3,325)

Grant funds will be used to support the presentation of three major concerts for the general public. The concerts will be held in Montgomery County and will be offered without a fee for admission. All three concerts will feature classical music, and the winter concert will include seasonal music to be performed with the NIH Community Chorus.

NIH Philharmonia

Bethesda, Maryland ($5,000)

Grant funds will be used for direct operating costs including orchestra sheet music rental, percussion instrument rental, program printing, soloist honorarium, and the Music Director’s stipend.

Olney Concert Band

Olney, Maryland ($1,635)

The organization will provide music education and outreach to middle school students, and also encourage them to continue their music education in high school. Grant funds will be used to pay for a collaborative performance of symphonic band pieces of moderate difficulty with student musicians from Farquhar and Rosa Parks Middle Schools. Four pieces will be played together with Olney Concert Band members and student musicians. There will be no charge for admission.

Peace Mountain Theatre Company

Darnestown, Maryland ($5,000)

Grant funds will be used for facility rental fees at The Writer’s Center (TWC) in Bethesda, Maryland for a spring theatrical production.

Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions

Rockville, Maryland ($3,880)

Grant funds will be used for rental costs at The Writers’ Center’s Allan B. Lefcowitz Theatre. Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions will present the Maryland premiere of the award winning play, The Gulf by Audrey Cefaly.

Rockville Brass Band Inc.

Silver Spring, Maryland ($4,410)

Grant funds will be used for costs associated with a two-part concert series, including a free fall concert, preceded by a band clinic that is open to the public, as well as a joint concert in the spring with another local ensemble.

Six Degree Singers

Silver Spring, Maryland ($4,750)

Grant funds with be used for the preparation and execution of Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 concerts. Six Degree Singers plans to continue its community choir operations and will continue to expand the number of free performances in venues all over the County. Expected expenses include stipends for musical directors and accompanist, rehearsal space, advertising, and multimedia recording. In addition, Six Degrees Singers will seek to fund their annual composers’ competition to promote the generation and presentation of new music.

Tagore Music Group of Greater Washington DC, Inc.

North Potomac, Maryland ($5,000)

Grant funds with be used to cover staging costs of Tagore Music Group’s project Arupratan The Formless Jewel, an allegorical musical drama by Nobel-laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore.

The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Foundation

Bethesda, Maryland ($4,850)

The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra will perform a concert at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club with a nationally recognized guest artist. In addition, the guest artist will be leading a two-hour workshop with the young musicians the day prior to the concert. Grant Funds will be used to pay the guest artist’s performance fee and related costs, including hotel rooms, equipment rental, and production costs.

The National String Symphonia

Frederick, Maryland ($4,500)

Grant funds will be used to produce three concerts at Forcey Christian School over the course of their FY20 season. The concerts will include the first in what will be a series of concerts featuring jazz performers and string orchestra entitled Jazz with Strings. Funds will be used to underwrite the programs, including paying musicians, advertising, and purchasing materials.

The Rockville Bach Academy – ChorSymphonica

Rockville, Maryland ($4,850)

Grant funds will be used to partially support costs for soloists, orchestra, venue, publicity, and other logistic and technical costs for the Leipzig’s 1st Taste: Bach Cantatas for a New Home Concert in 2020.

The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

Rockville, Maryland ($4,830)

Grant funds will be used for a concert at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. These funds will pay for venue rental, equipment rental, concert promotion, and graphic design for concert advertising.

Trinity Chamber Orchestra

Germantown, Maryland ($4,900)

Grant funds will be used to conduct a competition for young musicians for strings, woodwinds, and piano. The winners will participate in a concert presented by and with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra. The competition will be open to young musicians from Montgomery County, participants in the Young Musicians International Competition, and the Montgomery County Honors Ensembles.

Unexpected Stage Company

Gaithersburg, Maryland ($4,750)

Grant funds will be used for program costs for Unexpected Stage’s production of Samuel D. Hunter’s The Few.

Wildwood Summer Theatre

Gaithersburg, Maryland ($5,000)

Grant funds will be used to help finance the main-stage production of Side Show. Funds will be used to finance production costs (including set construction, costumes, and props) and the renting of show rights.

FY20 Information

Click here to view the full FY20 Small Organizations & Groups Project Grants Guidelines

Applicable ONLY to FY20 grantees.

All grant agreements and final reports must be completed on the FluidReview application portal. Click HERE to login.

Remaining FY20 Dates

  • Grant Change Request Deadline – Friday, May 15, 2020
  • FY20 Final Report Due – August 31, 2020 – 11:59 p.m.
Has your project changed? Fill out and submit the Grant Change Request Form before May 15, 2020 for approval.

Applicants are required to complete this form to request permission for a project change. We understand the urgency of change requests however, the length of time required to review each change request will vary, and is dependent upon the complexity of the proposed change, and the detail provided by the grantee justifying why the change is necessary.

Change requests lacking information will take longer to process. Please allow one month for AHCMC Grants staff to review your request.