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.

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 16, 2020 - 11:59 pm

Questions?

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

FY21 Submission Important Dates

  • Application Deadline – Friday, October 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

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 between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

Additional Dates Post-Application

  • Panel Review (via conference call)
    • November 2020
  • Award Announcement – late December 2020
  • FY21 Grant Change Request Deadline – Monday, November 30, 2021
  • FY21 Final Report Due – January 31, 2022
Workshops + Webinars

Webinars

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
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  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
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All AHCMC webinars will be hosted through the Zoom platform. A recording will be posted on this tab within the following week of the webinar date.

Webinars allow grant-seekers to ask AHCMC grants staff specific questions about the grant guidelines, application, and online grant portal. During each 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 FY21 WCPG Guidelines


Required Application Materials:

All applicants applying as individuals must submit:

  1. Completed Narrative
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Bio(s) of key staff who work for the partner organization
  4. Letter of Support
  5. Programming Support Materials
  6. Work Sample(s)

All applicants applying as a group must submit:

  1. Completed Narrative
  2. 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.
  3. Financial Support Materials
    • Previous fiscal year’s operating budget;
    • Current operating budget with actuals year-to-date; and
    • Current Balance Sheet, if available.
  4. Programming Support Materials
  5. Work Sample(s)

All applicants applying as an organization must submit:

  1. Completed Narrative
  2. Organization Support Materials
    • IRS Letter of Determination (if a new applicant or is there has been a change)
    • List of Board of Directors with affiliation;
    • Bios of key staff and/or volunteers;
    • Current Strategic Plan, if available; and
    • Organizational Chart, if available.
  3. Financial Support Materials
    • FY19 990, 990EZ, or 990N (must be received by AHCMC on June 1, 2020 at the latest, if applicable)
    • Financial statements (Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet) for the most recently completed fiscal year; and
    • Current operating budget with actuals year-to-date.
  4. Programming Support Materials
  5. Work Sample(s)

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

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

  • The applicant must be based in Montgomery County, MD.
  • Organization/group applicants must operate 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).
  • Organization and group applicants must have an annual operating budget of no more than $500,000 for the most recently completed fiscal year.
  • Individual applicants must partner with a non-profit or a for-profit entity based in Montgomery County, whose budget may exceed $500,000.

*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, 2021 and December 31, 2021;
  • Take place in Wheaton, MD; and
    • Click here for a Google Maps outline of Wheaton.
    • Click here for a map of Wheaton’s Urban District.
    • Click here for a map of Wheaton’s Arts and Entertainment District.
  • 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
Application

Ready to apply?

Click here to start an FY21 WCPG application.

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

Previous Grants Awarded

FY20 Wheaton Cultural Project Grants

$91,815 awarded for January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

Wheaton Cultural Project Grants support impactful projects taking place in the Wheaton, MD community. Projects provide cultural opportunities for artists and scholars to work in Wheaton. Eight organizations and three individuals (11 total grantees) were awarded in FY20.

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 ($9,790)

Grant funds will be used to produce the fourth 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. The parade and festival help the community appreciate its wealth of art and culture. Grant funds will be used for equipment rental, printing, insurance, marketing, arts supplies, and workshop instructors.

Leila Cabib

Potomac, Maryland ($9,500)

Grant funds will be used to provide free multi-session animation and graphic novel creation classes for children, multi-session cartooning classes for seniors, and five self-contained, one-hour animation workshops (four for children and one for seniors) at the Wheaton Library during spring, summer, and fall 2020.

Urban Artistry

Silver Spring, Maryland ($9,000)

The International Soul Society Festival is a week-long series of events celebrating the full spectrum of Hip-Hop, Urban Arts, and its many influences. This annual festival creates an opportunity for inspiration and collaboration between global artists and the Wheaton community. In FY20, Urban Artistry plans to emphasize Blues and Roots Music as foundational to urban dance culture and urban dance culture as traditional American culture.

Brian Frankel

Wheaton, Maryland ($8,800)

Grant funds will be used to produce the 6th annual Wheaton Film Festival and the 5th annual Make a Movie in a Month The applicant will offer educational panels, networking opportunities, film screenings, and a month-long collaborative filmmaking project that will take place in Wheaton. The 2020 Wheaton Film Festival is scheduled for Friday, November 13, 2020.

Joanne Miller

Bethesda, Maryland ($8,600)

Grant funds will support a yearlong photography and oral history project engaging Wheaton community members in documenting the changing landscape of Wheaton’s architecture, green spaces, residents, and businesses. The project will be led by artist Joanne Miller collaborating with community partner Montgomery History. Westfield Wheaton Mall will host coordinated exhibits, pop-up events, artist and history talks, and social media outreach. Wheaton High School ESOL teachers will facilitate student participation. One Montgomery Green will collaborate on green spaces artist photo walks.

New Orchestra of Washington

Rockville, Maryland ($8,400)

Grant funds will be used to support three family concert performances tailored to children. The concerts will take place in January and June 2020. The project features new and recent work by ALAANA composers, including a world premieres commissioned by the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW), which will be site-specific to the playground at the Wheaton Local Park, and will utilize the playground’s innovative new outdoor musical instruments. 2020 will be the third consecutive year that NOW has presented a family concert, but it is the first year that NOW will present a series of such events.

DC Beauty of Beijing Opera Ltd

North Potomac, Maryland ($6,725)

Grant funds will be used to support a presentation of Asian traditional performing arts, including music, dance and theater, to broaden the cultural horizon of local residents and advance the philosophy of harmonious society in Wheaton, MD.

DC South Asian Arts Council Inc.

Gaithersburg, Maryland ($7,900)

DC South Asian Arts Council Inc., (DCSAACI) will host the ninth annual Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) to showcase independent cinema by South Asians in the USA and from South Asian countries, including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal 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.

Six Degree Singers

Silver Spring, Maryland ($7,800)

Six Degree Singers (SDS) educators will serve a newly recruited class of 35 adult students weekly, as well as children at public schools in Wheaton bi-monthly. SDS educators will also provide a series of concerts in Wheaton at public events culminating in a concert at Hughes United Methodist Church. Grant funds will be used for artist stipends and the production, marketing, and venue costs of the concert series.

ClancyWorks Dance Company

Silver Spring, Maryland ($7,800)

Grant funds will be used to continue and expand a multi-faceted program bringing together a diverse cultural and inter-generational population through a series of workshops in the Wheaton community. The series of workshops will culminate in performances by various members of the Wheaton community including middle school students, high school students, senior citizens, and the ClancyWorks Dance Company.

ChorSymphonica (formerly the Rockville Bach Academy)

Rockville, Maryland ($7,500)

Grant funds will support a musical and educational event, the presentation of Bach’s Cantata No. 71, Gott ist mein König (God is my King), with introductions in English and Spanish on November 7, 2020 at Hughes United Methodist Church. The cantata, one of several Bach composed for the election of the town council, offers a historic view of how a new government or administration was welcomed in Bach’s time.