Wheaton Cultural Project Grants

Wheaton Cultural Project Grants (WCPG) 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 and individual artists and scholars who reside in Montgomery County, MD. Grant awards support impactful projects within the Wheaton, MD community and provide professional opportunities for artists and scholars to work in Wheaton. Grants for FY23 will be awarded for activities occurring between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2023.

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 a 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 21, 2022 - 11:59 pm

Questions?

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

FY23 Submission Important Dates

  • Guidelines published – Friday, September 23, 2022
  • Application Deadline – Friday, October 21, 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) – November 2022
  • Award Announcement – December 2022
  • FY23 Grant Change Request Deadline – November 30, 2023
  • FY23 Final Report Due – January 31, 2024
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Webinars

  • Monday, October 3, 2022 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 14, 2022 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
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    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 each webinar, grants staff review 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. A Completed Narrative
    2. Programming Support Materials
    3. Work Sample(s)
    4. AHCMC Reporting Data

    In addition, applicants applying as individuals must also submit:

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

    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 or Balance Sheet for the most recently completed fiscal year, 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
      • FY21 990, 990EZ, or 990N;
      • Profit & Loss for the most recently completed fiscal year;
      • Current operating budget with actuals year-to-date; and
      • Current Balance Sheet or Balance Sheet for the most recently completed fiscal year.

    Applicant Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants eligible to apply must have met 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 (P.O. Boxes not accepted);
    • 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;
    • Has a partnership for the project with a non-profit or 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 had 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.

    *AHCMC defines organizations as entities recognized by the IRS as a public charity or otherwise officially established as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) institution.*

    Project Eligibility Requirements

    Eligible activities must:

    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.

    All applications and relevant materials must be submitted through SM Apply by the deadline.

    Please read the guidelines thoroughly before starting an application.

    Previous Grants Awarded

    FY22 Wheaton Cultural Project Grants (WCPG)

    $96,013 awarded for January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022

    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. Eight organizations and five individuals, a total of 13 grantees, received FY22 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.

    Arthur Williams

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($7,500)

    Sounds of My People Cultural Music and Dance is an outdoor performance series that will take place in Wheaton for patrons of restaurants between Islands Lounge and Hakuna Matata Grill in the summer of 2022. Patrons will enjoy music and dance reflecting the culture of the African Diaspora.

    Brian Frankel

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($7,800)

    Grant funds will be used to produce the 8th Annual Wheaton Film Festival. The Wheaton Film Festival includes film educational panels, networking opportunities, film screenings, and an awards celebration.

    Carpe Diem Arts

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($6,413)

    Carpe Diem will offer Ukes on the Move, a residency at a Title I elementary school located in Wheaton, offering ukulele lessons to 3rd grade children. Carpe Diem Arts will provide a ukulele to each participant and teach students to play a collection of songs, including collaboratively writing new song lyrics. Students will then have the opportunity to perform at their school, for seniors in the community, and in the Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival.

    ClancyWorks, Inc., dba ClancyWorks Dance Company

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($7,500)

    Grant funds will be used to provide a series of workshops for K-12 students in Wheaton. The hybrid project culminates in performances by the students with ClancyWorks Dance Company teaching artists.

    DC South Asian Arts Council Inc.

    Gaithersburg, Maryland ($7,800)

    DC South Asian Arts Council Inc. (DCSAAC) will present a film festival in Wheaton, showcasing independent cinema created by media artists from the South Asian diaspora. The festival will include feature, documentary, and short films about the Asian Diaspora, all with English subtitles. The festival will also include post-screening panel discussions, workshops, and other related cultural programing.

    Fata Antoinette Togba-Mensah

    Germantown, Maryland ($7,500)

    Formerly a physical space for local and often underserved artists to display and sell their work in Wheaton, The Artist’s Vibe is a re-creation of the marketplace for a digital environment that will include the visual, literary, and performing arts.

    InterAct Story Theatre Education Association, Inc., dba InterAct Story Theatre

    Wheaton, Maryland ($8,000)

    InterAct Story Theatre will offer the Wheaton Family Theatre Series, a free performing arts series for children and families. In its 7th season, the series presents arts programs throughout the year, featuring a variety of artistic disciplines and cultures as well as original theatrical work.

    Leila Cabib

    Potomac, Maryland ($8,000)

    In partnership with the Wheaton library, grant funds will be used to provide free, virtual, multi-session graphic novel creation and cartooning classes for children, multi-session cartooning classes for seniors, animation workshops for children and seniors, create a mini-comic book workshops for children and seniors, and a multigenerational caricature workshop for seniors and their grandchildren.

    Margaret K. Rifkin

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($8,000)

    Grant funds will be used for the creation of a mural in downtown Wheaton. There will be a public dedication event and opportunities for the community to learn about the design and installation process.

    Six Degree Singers

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($7,800)

    Six Degree Singers (SDS) will partner with Montgomery Blair High School’s choral program, providing training and mentorship to students. The project will culminate in a joint performance of SDS members and Blair High School students.

    The Civic Circle

    Silver Spring, Maryland ($3,900)

    The Civic Circle will use songwriting, poetry, and storytelling to teach Wheaton students seven civic skills referred to as “steps to democracy.Participating students, in grades 3-5, will learn and sing civic songs, engage in standards-aligned social studies activities, receive visits from civically active teen- and college-age mentors, and work with teaching artists to write and perform their own civic songs, poems, and stories.

    The Rockville Bach Academy, Inc., dba ChorSymphonica

    Rockville, Maryland ($7,800)

    ChorSymphonica, The Rockville Bach Academy’s professional choral ensemble, will perform the two-piano version of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, at Hughes United Methodist Church/El Buen Samaritano in Wheaton. The show will be performed twice, once in Spanish and once in English, and both will be live streamed and recorded. The cast will consist primarily of BIPOC artists.

    Wheaton Wonders Inc., dba Wheat Arts Parade

    Wheaton, Maryland ($8,000)

    The Wheaton Arts Parade is a day for the community to come together and celebrate art and diversity in Wheaton. The multidisciplinary parade includes visual, performing, literary, and culinary arts. Local artists exhibit and sell their work.

    FY22 Grantees

    The FY22 WCPG cycle runs from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.

    Important Dates Post-Application

    • Final Report – January 31, 2023

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

    Need to make changes to your project? Fill out a grant change request form, available on our resources page: https://www.creativemoco.com/find-opportunities/resources/