Wheaton Cultural Project Grants

Wheaton Cultural Project Grants (WCPG) support impactful projects within the Wheaton, MD community and provide professional opportunities for artists and scholars to work in Wheaton. Montgomery County based non-profit arts and humanities organizations, groups, artists, and scholars are invited to apply for cultural projects taking place in Wheaton. Grants for FY22 will be awarded for activities occurring between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.

Awards range from at least $1,000 up to $10,000. Applicants that are individual artists or scholars must partner with a non-profit or for-profit entity based in Montgomery County to apply. Applicants that are organizations or groups do not need an organizational partner to apply.

By awarding Wheaton Cultural Project Grants, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) seeks to:

  • Support communities that have traditionally received insufficient resources and that have limited access to arts/humanities programming;
  • Support Wheaton’s cultural diversity by funding arts/humanities projects in all disciplines, genres, and styles;
  • Support artists and scholars currently living or working in Wheaton; and
  • Activate Wheaton as a cultural destination that stimulates local economic activity

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Important Dates

Application Deadline
Friday, October 15, 2021 - 11:59 pm

Questions?

Ana-Alicia Feng
Grants Program Assistant Manager
(301) 565-3805 ext. 21
Karen Judson
Grants Program Manager
(301) 565-3804
Takenya LaViscount
Grants Director
(301) 565-3805 ext. 26
Dates + Deadlines

FY22 Important Dates

  • Application Deadline – Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

First-time applicants are highly encouraged to contact Grants Program staff. All applications and relevant materials must be submitted online through AHCMC’s grants portal.

Late letters of intent, applications, and relevant materials will not be accepted.

Additional Dates Post-Application

  • Panel Review (virtual) – November 2021
  • Award Announcement – December 2021
  • FY22 Grant Change Request Deadline – November 30, 2022
  • FY22 Final Report Due – January 31, 2023
Webinars

Webinars

  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 24, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:30 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.

    During each 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

    Guidelines


    Required Application Materials:

    All applicants must submit:

    1. Completed Narrative
    2. Programming Support Materials
    3. Work Sample(s)

    In addition, applicants applying as individuals must also submit:

    1. Resume or CV
    2. Bio(s) of key staff who work for the partner organization
    3. Letter of Support

    In addition, applicants applying on behalf of a group must also submit:

    1. Group Support Materials
      • List of group members;
      • Bios of key group members and/or volunteers;
      • Current Strategic Plan, if available; and
      • Organizational Chart, if available.
    2. Financial Support Materials
      • Previous fiscal year’s end-of-year revenue and expenses;
      • Current operating budget with actuals year-to-date; and
      • Current Balance Sheet, if available.

    In addition, applicants applying on behalf of an organization must also submit:

    1. Organization Support Materials
      • IRS Letter of Determination
      • List of Board of Directors with affiliation;
      • Bios of key staff and/or volunteers;
      • Current Strategic Plan, if available; and
      • Organizational Chart, if available.
    2. Financial Support Materials
      • FY20 990, 990EZ, or 990N
      • Financial statements (Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet) for the most recently completed fiscal year; and
      • Current operating budget with actuals year-to-date.

    Applicant Eligibility Requirements

    An applicant is eligible to apply for an award if they meet all the following requirements by the published application deadline.

    Individuals:

    • Has resided in Montgomery County, MD with a verifiable mailing address in Montgomery County, MD for at least 12 months prior to the application deadline;
    • Is at least 21 years old;
    • Is not a full-time student;
    • Is a practicing artist and/or scholar with demonstrated ability in the arts or humanities discipline of the project;
    • Is able to provide AHCMC with a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) prior to undertaking the grant activities;
      • Individual applicants must partner with a non-profit or a for-profit organization based in Montgomery County, whose budget may exceed $500,000 and whose mission may or may not be arts and/or humanities-based;
      • The partnership must consist of meaningful collaboration between the applicant and organization with clear indications for how the partnership will enhance the applicant’s own work and benefit the Wheaton community; and
    • Has met all outstanding requirements for any grant(s) received from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County in prior years.

    Organizations & Groups:

    • Has its primary location and/or a verifiable mailing address in Montgomery County, MD for at least 12 months prior to the 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 an annual operating budget of no more than $500,000 for the most recently completed fiscal year; and
    • Operates as a non-profit;
      • The organization or group0F 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.

    *For the purposes of this grant, organizations are defined as being incorporated as a non-profit and recognized by the IRS as a public charity or otherwise officially established as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) institution.*

    Project Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible, the project must:

    • Take place between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022;
    • Take place in Wheaton, MD; and
    • Be open to the public, in-person or virtually, following the social distance guidelines required by Montgomery County, with or without an admission fee.

    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 visual, performing, media, and/or folk and traditional arts
    • Festivals or events that include one or more arts/humanities discipline(s)
    • Historical presentations, archaeological programs, or historical reenactments
    • Poetry readings, author lectures, or script workshops
    • Public art, including community mural projects
    • Arts and/or humanities educational programs
    Application + Templates

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

    Need to review or download your application? Access SurveyMonkey Apply (SM Apply) here: https://artsandhumanities.smapply.io/

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

    Previous Grants Awarded

    FY21 Wheaton Cultural Project Grants (WCPG)

    $121,484 awarded for January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021

    Wheaton Cultural Project Grants support impactful projects within the Wheaton, MD community and provide professional opportunities for artists and scholars to work in Wheaton. Montgomery County, MD-based non-profit arts and humanities organizations, groups, artists, and scholars are invited to apply for cultural projects taking place in Wheaton. Nine organizations and four individuals, a total of 13 grantees received FY21 awards within this category.

    Click here to review grants awarded for Wheaton Cultural Project Grants from previous fiscal years, and all grants awarded from our other grants categories.

    Wheaton Wonders

    Wheaton, Maryland ($10,000)

    Grant funds will be used to produce the 5th annual Wheaton Arts Parade and art festival to celebrate local artists, cultural organizations, and Wheaton’s cultural diversity. The Wheaton Arts Parade presents Wheaton as an arts-friendly community and an arts destination.

    Leila Cabib

    Potomac, Maryland ($10,000)

    Grant funds will be used to provide free, virtual, multi-session graphic novel creation classes for children, multi-session cartooning classes for seniors, an animation workshop for children and adults. Funds will also support a create a mini-comic workshop for children, and another for adults in 2021.

    Urban Artistry

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($10,000)

    The International Soul Society Festival is an all ages, week-long series of events celebrating the full spectrum of Hip-Hop, Urban Arts, and its many influences. This annual festival creates much-needed opportunities for inspiration and collaboration amongst global artists and the local community in Wheaton. Blues and roots music will be emphasized as the foundation of urban dance culture. The festival will highlight urban dance as American traditional culture, paying homage to those that have come before, and celebrating innovation.

    Brian Frankel

    Wheaton, Maryland ($10,000)

    Grant funds will be used to produce the 7th annual Wheaton Film Festival. The festival will include educational panels, networking opportunities, film screenings, and a Flavors of Wheaton dinner featuring local restaurants. The 2021 Wheaton Film Festival will take place in fall 2021.

    New Orchestra of Washington

    Rockville, Maryland ($10,000)

    Grant funds will be used to support six virtual family concerts using the Freenotes Harmony Park musical playground equipment at Wheaton Local Park. Tailored to children ages 4-7, the programs will include participatory elements that address the Maryland State Department of Education Music Standards and will be offered in both Spanish and English.

    DC South Asian Arts Council Inc.

    Gaithersburg, Maryland ($10,000)

    DC South Asian Arts Council Inc., (DCSAACI) will host the 10th annual Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) to showcase the best of independent cinema by South Asians in the USA and from South Asian countries, including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka. DCSAFF offers the community a unique opportunity to learn about South Asia’s multi-faceted culture. DCSAFF will screen feature, documentary, and short films with South Asian content at AMC Wheaton Mall 9.

    The Rockville Bach Academy, Inc. dba ChorSymphonica

    Rockville, Maryland ($10,000)

    The Rockville Bach Academy’s (RBA) professional choral ensemble, ChorSymphonica, will perform Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors at Hughes United Methodist Church/El Buen Samaritano in Wheaton, winter, 2021. Two performances are planned, one in Spanish and one in English, which will be live streamed and recorded. The cast will consist primarily of BIPOC artists and will include two pianists.

    InterAct Story Theatre Education Association, Inc.

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($10,000)

    Grant funds will be used to present a new Wheaton Family Theatre Series. This new virtual series will feature two to four live and pre-recorded programs a month in 2021. The family series will include theatre, dance, music, storytelling, family arts workshops, crafts, and virtual makerspace activities. Funds will also support online webisodes of the popular KidStory Theatre Festival. All programs will feature closed captioning, live Spanish language interpretation, and written materials in English and Spanish.

    The Civic Circle

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($2,500)

    For 18 weeks in the spring of 2021, The Civic Circle will lead virtual democracy and songwriting workshops once a week with two groups of Wheaton students participating in Montgomery Housing Partnership’s Community Life Program. Through songwriting and performance-based learning, students in Grades 4-5, and in Grades 6-8, will learn seven civic “steps to democracy.” These include: civility (Listen!), news literacy (Learn!), voting (Choose!), voluntarism (Join!), advocacy (Speak!), organizing (Act!), and public service (Lead!).

    Mayur Dance Company

    Potomac, Maryland ($10,000)

    This dance production will explore Maya, or illusion, in South Asian spiritual texts. In South Asian mythology, this intangible force is often embodied as a woman who deliberately transforms and obscures reality; similar characters, usually female, appear in storytelling traditions around the world. Through a series of abstract and theatrical dances, Mayur Dance Company will position Maya as a product of one’s own mind, bringing to Wheaton viewers a central but lesser-known tenet of Eastern philosophy that asks them to consider the source of illusions they may live with.

    Antoinette Togba-Mensah

    Germantown, Maryland ($10,000)

    Artist’s Vibe is a virtual re-creation of FA’s Marketplace, formerly a physical space for local and often underserved artists to display and sell their work in Wheaton. Led by organizer Fata Antoinette Togba-Mensah, Artist’s Vibe will create a monthly version of FA’s Marketplace, to be hosted online.

    Amazing Theatre Company

    Gaithersburg, Maryland ($10,000)

    The Wheaton 10-Minute Play Festival is designed to encourage the participation and submission of a 10-minute play script from all ethnic, culturally diverse, and underrepresented groups, including but not limited to African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native Americans, and to highlight the Wheaton Arts and Entertainment District as a destination for social and cultural events. The event will take place on fall 2021.

    Dominick Rabrun

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($8,984)

    The artist will film the creation of four hand illustrated portraits of multicultural members of the Wheaton community, on location at the Wheaton Library. The four Wheaton community members will also be interviewed about the richness of their experiences living in Wheaton and a 10-minute video will be released on the artist’s YouTube channel. The final four illustrated portraits will be printed out on QR Code ready posters and hung up outside businesses in Wheaton.