Montgomery County Council Approves $7 Million Budget for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) is pleased to announce a $7,057,029 annual budget appropriation which includes $6,649,029 for AHCMC grants and administration and $408,000 for the Public Arts Trust. The $7M appropriation was unanimously approved by the Montgomery County Council.  

“We are thankful to receive an increase in funding for FY24 from the County Executive and Montgomery County Council,” says Lauren Cook, Board Chair-Elect for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. “In the midst of a challenging budget season across all industries, we are pleased to see support for arts and culture prevail.”  

“The work of our local creative sector aligns with several of the county’s priorities including economic recovery, combatting climate change and affordable housing as seen through an equity lens,” states Suzan Jenkins, CEO of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. “While we recognize that additional support is still needed to fully meet the increasing financial demands of our industry, AHCMC is grateful for the appropriated funding increase that will allow us to continue supporting the county’s efforts to rebuild, recover and grow.” 

The Arts and Humanities Council will award $5,771,737 of the FY24 appropriation in grants that support the arts and humanities sector. Grant funding is available for general operating support, creative project support, and capacity building projects. All funding will be distributed through AHCMC’s existing grant channels, which support cultural institutions and individual artists and scholars across the entire county. The FY24 budget will go into effect on July 1.  

For a breakdown of the full appropriation, please click here