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, media arts, visual arts, literary arts, folk and traditional arts, history, and philosophy. Grants for FY23 will be awarded for activities occurring between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

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 18, 2022 - 11:59 pm


    Ana-Alicia Feng
    Grants Program Assistant Manager
    (301) 565-3805 ext. 21
    Dorotea Racz
    Grants Program Coordinator
    (301) 565-3805 ext. 20
    Karen Judson
    Grants Program Manager
    (301) 565-3804
    Takenya LaViscount
    Grants Director
    (240) 839-4519
    Dates + Deadlines

    FY23 Submission Important Dates

    • Guidelines Published – Wednesday, December 22, 2021
    • Application Deadline – Friday, February 18, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

    New 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) – late March 2022
    • Award Announcement – late June 2022
    • FY23 Final Report Due – July 31, 2023


      • Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
      • Wednesday, February 9, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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        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
          • FY21 990, 990EZ, or 990N, or letter of extension (990 must be received by AHCMC no later than June 1, 2022);
          • 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
          • Previous fiscal year’s end-of-year revenue and expenses (Profit & Loss Statement);
          • 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 have met 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 group 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, 2022 and June 30, 2023.
        • 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. In-person activities must follow current COVID-19 guidelines as required by the Montgomery County Health Department.
        • Include the creation of new work, a public event/program, and/or capacity building.
        Application + Templates

        Ready to apply? Click here to access the SM Apply portal.

        Applicants are highly encouraged to use the application templates to prepare the narrative and supplementary materials.

        FY23 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

        FY22 Programming & Capacity Building Project Grants (PCBPG)

        $184,909 awarded for July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

        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/or humanities organizations or groups that may or may not have 501(c)(3) status. 41 organizations received FY22 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.

        Association of Russian Speaking Theaters of America, dba Association of Russian Speaking Theaters

        Potomac, Maryland ($4,950)

        CONSTELLATION is an online literary festival of creativity featuring competitive recitation of poetry and prosaic. The age of participants ranges from 7 to 99 years old. CONSTELLATION will be held on the Facebook festival page. The jury will consist of professional directors and actors.

        Best Medicine Rep, Inc.

        Montgomery Village, Maryland ($4,125)

        The grantee will present a production of John Morogiello’s comedy Die, Mr. Darcy, Die! The show includes nine actors playing nearly thirty roles. The setting is in constant flux, moving from an office to a game show, to a restaurant, to an English cottage.

        Bethesda Little Theatre Incorporated, dba Bethesda Little Theatre

        Olney, Maryland ($5,000)

        The grantee will present a two-hour stage production titled A Night Out On Times Square, an original musical featuring songs from all the Broadway and off-Broadway shows audiences have wanted to see in one night but couldn’t…until now. Songs encompass a wide range of styles from musicals including Come From Away, Six, Dear Evan Hansen, Chicago, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, West Side Story, Company, and Waitress.

        Bison Repertory Theater Company

        Silver Spring, Maryland ($5,500)

        The grantee will present SILVER STAGE, a series of theatre workshops for seniors. The opportunity for creative expression via theatre can be invigorating, stimulating and therapeutic, especially for seniors suffering from depression and early stages of Dementia/Alzheimer’s. With no scripts to read or lines to memorize, the improvisation workshops allow creativity to rule. Scene study is offered to more active seniors; participants act out short scenes with assigned partners and are taught acting skills.

        Community Building Art Works

        Rockville, Maryland ($5,000)

        The grantee will provide a weekly writing workshop for first responders and healthcare workers. Health care workers face the very real danger of COVID-19, as well as increased risk of primary and secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout. The havoc this pandemic is wreaking may not be preventable, but the potential adverse outcomes for those on the front lines can be addressed. Healthcare workers are invited to write, document, and communicate their daily experiences at home and at work.

        DC Beauty of Beijing Opera, Ltd.

        North Potomac, Maryland ($5,280)

        Grant funds will be used to finance a fully costumed Beijing Opera and associated workshops for audiences to broaden the cultural horizon of attendees.

        DC South Asian Arts Council Inc.

        Gaithersburg, Maryland ($5,500)

        The grantee will host the 10th Annual Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) to showcase independent cinema created by South Asians. DCSAFF will screen features, documentaries, and short films. All films will have English subtitles. The project will also include post-screening and panel discussions, workshops, opening and closing night galas, and other cultural programs.

        Ebong TheatriX

        Bethesda, Maryland ($5,000)

        The grantee’s project is in remembrance of the lives lost to COVID-19. The grantee asserts that theatre is not only a valued resource for artistic dissemination, but it is also an anchor for cultural sustenance through diversity and inclusion. The grantee will promote their vision of theatre as a medium for inclusiveness and a forum for reflecting on collective experiences.

        Encore Theater Company

        Takoma Park, Maryland ($2,500)

        The grantee will produce a musical theatre production in Takoma Park. COVID-19 permitting, the grantee will produce the show indoors for an appropriately sized, socially distanced audience. If the pandemic blocks indoor performances, the grantee will replicate the experience outdoors. Grant funding offsets the cost of facility rental fees, licensing fees, stipends for actors and musicians, lighting, and other production costs.

        F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.

        Rockville, Maryland ($6,000)

        The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference celebrates Fitzgerald’s work by providing a writing master class, workshops, films, and panels. The event also includes sessions for student scholars, and a short story contest held for adults and youth.


        Rockville, Maryland ($2,750)

        The grantee will present eight folk music concerts. The shows will be virtual until it is safe to return to in-person shows. Once it becomes safe, the grantee plans to offer live shows while continuing to stream shows as well. The grantee also plans to develop joint projects with other non-profit organizations that produce folk and acoustic music in Montgomery County.

        Four Seasons Dancers, Inc.

        Rockville, Maryland ($4850)

        Dances of the World is a globally-inspired annual performance held at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center. Featuring original choreography and inspired by traditional cultures, Dances of the World presents a sample of dances from Bollywood to Broadway, Israel to Ireland, Armenia to Uzbekistan and beyond. The event features vivid costumes that enhance the visual experience, as well as custom light design and curated international music.

        Halau Nohona Hawaii

        Silver Spring, Maryland ($3,000)

        The grantee will present the annual ho`ike recital. The grantee will charge a small fee for tickets; however, the grantee will also offer a friends and family discount and discounts for students, seniors, and the military. The focus will be on King Kalaukaua – The Merrie Monarch. ho`ike will feature both Kahiko (Ancient Hula) and Auana (Modern Hula), Oli, and Hawaiian music.

        Heralds of Hope Theatre Company, Inc., dba Amazing Theatre Company, Inc.

        Laytonsville, Maryland ($5,500)

        The Monologue Showcase is an opportunity to focus on COVID-19’s impact on families, friends, and/or one’s community. Writers will be encouraged to submit culturally specific uplifting monologues of hope, humor, faith, and creativity in the face of a tragic pandemic.

        Institute of Musical Traditions, Inc.

        Silver Spring, Maryland ($5,057)

        To improve the quality of live online concerts, the Institute of Musical Traditions (IMT) will purchase four broadcasting and microphone packages to loan to artists to use for their IMT streaming concert, then returned for other artists to use. This will help artists who lack the equipment to showcase their music online, as well as provide them with training to use the equipment. To videotape in-person concerts when they are safe to resume, the grantee will purchase three video cameras and tripods to be able to upload edited videos to their YouTube channel.

        interPLAY Orchestra

        Bethesda, Maryland ($5,500)

        interPLAY engages the community; embraces people with disabilities and their caregivers/families. Weekly rehearsals and concert performances establish a collaborative environment and an artistic platform where people with disabilities are celebrated for their abilities and negative stereotypes are destroyed. Funding will provide an opportunity for adults with disabilities to engage in and perform music along-side professional musicians. Funding support will cover costs associated with the weekly rehearsals held throughout the year in preparation for the three annual concert performances.

        Kolot HaLev

        Kensington, Maryland ($5,000)

        The Golden Door will include choral selections featuring music by and about American Jews. Kolot HaLev (KHL) will present a range of music, including liturgical and popular selections. Living, contemporary composers will be featured, as well as traditional melodies. The mixture of old and new will demonstrate Jewish contributions to American culture.

        Live Garra Theatre

        Silver Spring, Maryland ($5,000)

        The grantee will present the play Dry Bones. The project will include theatre workshops and roles in the play for recently released inmates. The story is about two brothers, one who goes to jail for a crime that the other brother committed. This project will be a community-based collaborative partnership with Montgomery County re-entry service agencies.

        Make a Movie in a Month

        Wheaton, Maryland ($2,500)

        Make a Movie in a Month (MMM) is a collaborative film project consisting of informational events, facilitated community-based film production, and a free public film screening. MMM will produce 8 to 12 short films in roughly 30 days. The grantee will highlight local businesses and artists as film subjects. MMM offers the opportunity for artists and filmmakers to collaborate, network, and learn more about the craft of filmmaking. MMM offers the opportunity for individuals and businesses in our diverse community to come together. Participation is open to all.

        Maryland Youth Pipe Band

        Montgomery Village, Maryland ($5,000)

        Maryland Youth Pipe Band (MYPB) will use funding for capacity building, strategic visioning, and overcoming barriers to help youth participate in the band. The grantee is prioritizing membership-building and strategic visioning to ensure that the band is fully representative of Montgomery County’s diverse population.

        Mayur Dance Company

        Potomac, Maryland ($6,000)

        This project provides an opportunity for five junior company members of Mayur Dance Company to develop, workshop and showcase original Odissi works set to world music under the guidance of Mayur’s Assistant Artistic Director. Participants will choreograph new dances, teach the choreography to students, and feature the students in a performance. This will be a ticketed in-person show presented at a Montgomery County venue, providing a way for local audiences to experience South Asian culture and Odissi dance. The performance will also be live-streamed.

        Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

        Takoma Park, Maryland ($2,595)

        The grantee will present a youth concerto competition and free community concert. Three middle school and/or high school soloists will be selected to perform a movement of a concerto, or a single-movement work, accompanied by the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (MSO). The MSO will also perform an additional major orchestral work.

        NIH Community Orchestra

        Aspen Hill, Maryland ($2,173)

        The NIH Community Orchestra (NIHCO) will present a free admission concert entitled Innovative Voices. The concert will feature works by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and/or women composers. NIHCO will also offer an educational presentation and a pre-concert lecture. Events will include in-person and virtual attendance options.

        Peace Mountain Theatre Company

        Darnestown, Maryland ($3,725)

        Peace Mountain Theatre Company will produce Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Disgraced, at The Writer’s Center (TWC), about an attorney coming to grips with his Muslim identity and his struggle against islamophobia. This play is the grantee’s first production at TWC and is a part of a major change in their operations. The grantee anticipates the location change will increase their capacity, the staging quality of their productions, and their audience both in size and diversity.

        Rockville Brass Band

        Silver Spring, Maryland ($3,000)

        This project consists of a two-part concert series, including a fall concert featuring local artists and composers, as well as a clinic and concert in the spring with student musicians from Montgomery County. The grantee’s goal is to attract new audiences and to engage and inspire local brass music students.

        Six Degree Singers

        Silver Spring, Maryland ($5,500)

        Grant funds will be used for virtual choral programming, including musical directors and accompanist stipends, advertising, multimedia recording, rights for music, and other production costs.

        Symphony of the Potomac

        Glen Echo, Maryland ($5,000)

        The orchestra will perform at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center (MCCAC). The orchestra for these concerts will consist of about 50 volunteer musicians and 14 paid professional musicians per concert, all under the direction of Music Director, Maestro Joel Lazar.

        Tagore Music Group of Greater Washington, DC, Inc.

        North Potomac, Maryland ($5,000)

        The grantee will present an English-Spanish drama about the Nobel-laureate Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore’s life (1861-1941). The production will explore his friendship with the Argentine author-socialite Victoria Ocampo.

        Takoma Park Folk Festival, Inc.

        Takoma Park, Maryland ($6,000)

        The Takoma Park Folk Festival is an annual community event held in Montgomery County, coordinated and executed by a team of community volunteers. The event hosts local musicians from a variety of genres, local craft activities and vendors, and games. The festival has been inexistence for 42-years. If the grantee cannot present a live festival due to COVID-19, a virtual festival will be presented instead.

        The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Foundation, Inc., dba The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra

        Bethesda, Maryland ($5,500)

        The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra will perform two concerts at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. The first one will feature Sharon Clark, an internationally known jazz singer based in Washington, D.C. In addition, Ms. Clark will lead a two-hour workshop with young musicians. The second concert will feature a Guest Artist to be determined, but equally accomplished. Grant funds will be used to pay the Guest Artist’s performance fee and related costs, including equipment rental and production costs.

        The Civic Circle

        Silver Spring, Maryland ($2,100)

        The Civic Circle Board will participate in a Strategic Planning Retreat. The resulting three-year Strategic Plan will fuse The Civic Circle’s mission, vision, core values, strengths, and weaknesses; and articulate strategic priorities, goals, and actions, as well as key performance indicators and accountability tools. This is the grantee’s first strategic plan.

        The Kentlands Community Foundation, Inc., dba Kentlands Community Foundation

        Gaithersburg, Maryland ($5,500)

        The grantee provides free cultural events to the Gaithersburg and northern Montgomery County community. Grant funds will be used for a combination of online and in-person arts and humanities events. Funds will be used to find more effective ways to advertise their events, and to meet all health requirements to hold safe in-person and online events.

        The Living Legends Awards for Service to Humanity

        Ashton, Maryland ($6,000)

        The annual event will address the devastation faced by the arts community due to COVID-19. The arts and advocacy program features minority artists who have been hit hard by the pandemic, as well as an orchestra primarily comprised of musicians of color, and a spoken word artist of color. The Living Legends Awards Singers will perform music from varied genres, with an emphasis on the music of minority composers. If a live event is not permitted due to COVID-19 restrictions, the show will be virtual.

        The Menare Foundation, Inc.

        Germantown, Maryland ($5,500)

        The grantee will host a series of interactive workshops culminating in an interactive performance that features Rebis, Capitol Tap, District Tap, Coyaba Dance Theater, and vocalist Cecily Bumbray. The Menare Foundation will present new works specific to Button Farm. Utilizing open field space and cultural landmarks, this all-outdoor live experience will connect attendees to Button Farm’s land and its history tied to the Underground Railroad, using the arts to enhance historical education.

        The National String Symphonia

        Germantown, Maryland ($5,500)

        The grantee will present three music segments (2-3 performances within each segment). The programs will include classical, jazz, and music that is based on other art forms such as dance or classic poetry.

        The Rockville Bach Academy, Inc., dba ChorSymphonia

        Rockville, Maryland ($5,500)

        The grantee will perform Bach’s Jesu, der du meine Seele (Jesus, You Have Freed My Spirit) at St. Jane de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda. In order to make the composer’s efforts more accessible to audiences, the performance will include an educational pre-performance Conversation Concert, exploring the historical and cultural context of music.

        Trinity Chamber Orchestra

        Germantown, Maryland ($4,750)

        The grantee will sponsor new compositions and conduct competitions for musicians. The grantee also aims to enhance their organizational capacity by adding a staff assistant, creating a strategic plan, and upgrading their technology capacity.

        Unexpected Stage Company

        Germantown, Maryland ($3,300)

        Grant funds will be allocated for the presentation of the play we, the invisibles by Susan Soon He Stanton.

        UpRooted Dance, Inc., dba UpRooted Dance

        Bethesda, Maryland ($5,500)

        UpRooted Dance will create a new evening length piece called The Ascension Project set to music by Sufjan Stevens. The Ascension Project will be an indie rock dance opera with a maximalist aesthetic.

        Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra

        Rockville, Maryland ($1,254)

        The grantee will present a full ensemble performance at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center. The concert will feature music from popular and independent video games. The grantee plans to present a suite of arrangements inspired by Gustav Holst’s Planets – with a video game twist that takes various songs from the 1994 game Starfox 64 and reimagines the game with each of Holst’s planets in mind.

        Wheaton Wonders, Inc., dba Wheaton Arts Parade

        Wheaton, Maryland ($2,500)

        Grants funds will be used for a public art display that will coincide with a parade and festival.

        FY22 Grantees

        The FY22 PCBG cycle runs from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

        Important Dates Post-Application

        • Final Report – July 31, 2022

        For current FY22 grantees, all final reports must be completed online through AHCMC’s grants portal, SurveyMonkey Apply (SM Apply). Access SM Apply here:

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