Sample Letter to Elected Officials

Dear Councilmember [NAME], 

Thank you for your support of the arts and humanities in Montgomery County. On behalf of [insert business name] [or begin sentence with ‘I’ if individual] I would like to express my deep appreciation for the county’s support during these turbulent times.

Montgomery County Council’s support of the arts and humanities has helped stabilize our growing industry as we recover; however, ongoing business and event disruptions due to health and safety concerns and inflation continue to impact our community and slow our rebound. While business has improved this year, audiences and residents remain cautious of large public events, returning to our sector more slowly than nightlife, hospitality, and retail. 

The Arts and Humanities support positive mental health, public safety, tourism, quality of life, workforce development, and economic growth throughout Montgomery County. To successfully continue our work, the expanding cultural sector must address a projected $900,000 increase in grants demand over FY 2024 as well as complications from rising inflation and decreased discretionary spending. 

Today, I’m asking you to continue supporting the arts and humanities in the county’s FY25 Budget to ensure an equitable recovery for our diverse cultural sector and the creative workforce we employ in Montgomery County.  

Councilmember [NAME], Please: [choose one option from each bullet point] Allocate $700,000 in additional funds for regranting to AHCMC above the County Executive’s FY 2025 proposal. 

In support of my request, I would like to share a story about the impact of [our/my] work in Montgomery County. [insert personal story of impact or success. Consider a short testimonial that highlights the work you do and the importance your work has to residents in Montgomery County and/or other cultural practitioners. Consider the priorities of your work, the county’s work, and the people who live in Montgomery County.]

Please support the arts and humanities. An increased investment in the cultural sector is a proven investment in our economic recovery and the future prosperity of all residents in our community. 


[Your Name]

[Your Title]

[Your Organization (if applicable)]