Grant Guidelines

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR ALL APPLICANTS
1) Must have been incorporated in Maryland as a not-for-profit organizations and have received tax-exempt status from the United States Internal Revenue Service.
2) Must be an organization providing public programming or services in Anne Arundel County in the visual arts, performing arts, cultural arts, or historical preservation.
3) Must be physically located and primarily performing or operating in Anne Arundel County and in good standing with the Maryland Office of Assessments and Taxation on the date the application is filed.
4) Must comply with Title VI, Section 601, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that no persons, on the grounds of race color, or national origin, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination related to, the arts.
5) Must comply with Title IV, Section 1681, of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 6101, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex or age.
6) Must comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which states that no otherwise qualified person shall, solely by reason of his or her handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination related to, the arts.
7) Must maintain complete and accurate records of all activities connected with the grant.
8) Must utilize generally accepted accounting principles, maintain complete and accurate records of all receipts and expenditures in connection with the grant, including interim and final reports, and have these records available upon reasonable notice for inspection and available to send electronically to a representative of the Arts Council.
9) Must file interim and final reports, both narrative and financial, online through the Arts Council website and the GO Grants System, by the specified deadlines. Failure to report may jeopardize any future grant being received by the organization and may result in the organization being required to repay grant funds.
10) Must give credit to the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County whenever and wherever credit is being given, in all web related and social media, brochures, news releases, programs, publications and publicity.
11) Must notify the appropriate program officer in writing if a significant change is made in any Arts Council-funded program or project.

Click any link below to learn more about the guidelines for our specific grant opportunities. 

Community Arts Grants Guidelines
In addition to the requirements above, organizations eligible to apply for a Community Arts Grant must be an established nonprofit cultural/arts organization that has existed for more than one year; and must have previously received a Founding Grant.

Mini Grant Guidelines
The Mini Grant program is designed to support innovative, well-defined arts-related projects that are directed to a new or broader audience, preferably within underserved communities. They are awarded to eligible nonprofit cultural/arts organizations and programs on a dollar-to-dollar matching basis and may not exceed $2,500. New partnerships with other arts-related groups are also encouraged in an effort to engage more local residents in cultural and artistic activities. The Arts Council is available to assist applicant organizations with outreach to potential partners and audiences within Anne Arundel County.Organizations may not apply for more than one Mini Grant per fiscal year.

For Fall FY2021 Mini Grant applicants only:
In recognition of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts, organizations will be asked within the application to explain how their grant activities will comply with current public health guidelines. We encourage applicants to develop creative proposals for projects that can be delivered safely, whether virtually or utilizing social distancing measures.

This cycle, on a case-by-case basis, the Arts Council is prepared to relax the Mini Grant requirement for a 1:1 cash match. For example, the in-kind donations may be taken into account. The match requirement may also be reduced or waived for smaller projects, or those filling a critical need in the community.


 Strategic Impact Grant Guidelines
  • Proposal must be for a NEW and Innovative Program or Project. The Strategic Impact Grant Request MUST be for a new program that is not part of a Grantee’s ongoing activities. It may not be an activity that has been previously funded by the Arts Council. It must demonstrate a public value of the arts and culture worthy of merit to the community.
  • Proposal must include a Partnership or Collaboration with another Organization. These grants are intended to encourage Arts Council Grantees to collaborate with other Organizations to expand their outreach to new audiences and participants. Extra points will be awarded for NEW partnerships.
  • Proposal is encouraged to serve a diverse population or a Community-In-Need of Arts-Related activities. We encourage Grantees to seek out audiences and participants who are not currently benefitting from Arts Council sponsored activities, whether it be for geographic, financial, transportation/access or other reasons.
  • Grant Awards will take into account the Organizational size of the Grantee.
    • We reserve the right to exercise discretion with the actual amounts Awarded.
    • We anticipate awarding around six to eight grants to arts organizations with annual budgets less than $500,000. Average grant size is expected to be between $8,000. - $10,000.
    • We anticipate awarding around three grants to organizations with budgets greaterthan $500,000. Average grant size is expected to be between $8,000. - $12,000.
    • Applicants may submit joint proposals to increase the impact of their grants and the size of their funding request
  • Multi-year grants will be considered. Justification for a multi-year program must be provided in detail. Groups receiving multi-year grants will not be eligible for additional grants during the time the grant is being funded or the minimum activities described in the grant are being performed, unless exceptional circumstances are shown.
  • All Grantees should describe in detail their plans for providing Interim and Annual Reports to the Arts Council that describe how they have met their goals and outcomes described in their proposal requests, both in narrative and financial terms. All grantees will be issued a contract outlining the conditions of their grant. This contract must be signed and returned in accordance with the timeline of the grant award.
Arts in Education Grant Guidelines 
The Arts in Education Program invites registered public and private schools in Anne Arundel County to apply for one (1) Residency and one (1) Auditorium Grant per school year. These grants are used to fund artistically driven educational programs. The ACAAC will only support funding for performers listed in the ACAAC Arts in Education Directory or those on the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Arts in Education registry. All applications are reviewed by the Arts in Education Committee and funding for as many programs as possible is approved based on the annual budget. It is the responsibility of the applicant to book the artists and secure any additional funding that is needed. All applications must be completed in full with the requested supplemental materials to be considered. ACAAC grants received under the Arts in Education Program should be in the school’s newsletter, giving credit to the ACAAC, the MSAC, City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Please read the individual guidelines below for each type of Arts in Education Grant.

Arts in Education Residency Grant Guidelines
The Arts in Education Residency Grant funds ongoing workshops and projects where registered artists partner with schools to produce a performance, presentation, project or program involving the joint participation of teachers, students and artists lasting a minimum of five (5) days. Each school may apply for one Residency Grant per school year.
  1. The Arts Council accepts applications for cultural and artistic presentations that take place in Anne Arundel County public schools and state approved private schools.
  2. The Arts Council will review all applications and approve funding for as many as possible. The school, its PTO/ PTA or other sources of support will be responsible for funding the balance of the programs.
  3. The Arts Council will support presentations of the performers listed in the catalog or on the MSAC AiE registry, all of whom have been found to meet high educational goals and professional artistic standards.
  4. Each school is eligible for ONE residency grant per school. Additional performances will be awarded if funding is available. Evening performances will not be supported.
  5. It is the responsibility of each applicant to book the performer(s). The Arts Council will only issue a grant check after receiving a contract confirming the booking of an approved presentation.
  6. The school should invite parents to attend performances whenever possible.
  7. Schools must be able to provide tax ID when filling out application. NO EXCEPTIONS.
This program will support:
  • Artist in residence workshops for Anne Arundel County public schools and state approved private schools.
  • Programs involving joint participation of teachers, students and artists.
  • Orientation meeting with teachers (one session).
  • A minimum of FIVE artist workshops (minimum 45 minutes each) with a small core group of the same students. Ideally, the core group will consist of a classroom sized group of students or fewer.
  • Textbooks and supplies relating to the program.
  • Artist related travel fees.
This Program WILL NOT support: in-service training for teachers; release time for teachers; receptions; awards or trophies; transportation for students or staff; or venue rental.

Arts in Education Auditorium Grant Guidelines
  1. The Arts Council accepts applications for cultural and artistic presentations that take place in Anne Arundel County public schools and state approved private schools.
  2. Applications must be received ON TIME through the GO Smart System on the Arts Council Website, www.acaac.org. Notification of acceptance will be sent via email.
  3. The Arts Council will review all applications and approve funding for as many as possible. The school, its PTO/ PTA or other sources of support will be responsible for funding the balance of the programs.
  4. The Arts Council will support presentations of the performers listed in the catalog or on the MSAC AiE registry, all of whom have been found to meet high educational goals and professional artistic standards.
  5. Each school is eligible for one auditorium grant per school. Additional performances will be awarded if funding is available. Evening performances will not be supported.
  6. It is the responsibility of each applicant to book the performer(s). The Arts Council will only issue a grant check after receiving a contract confirming the booking of an approved presentation.
  7. The school should invite parents to attend performances whenever possible.