The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County invests in the local arts community through grantmaking. The Community Arts Grant is our capstone program and provides general operating funds to the county’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organizations. Twice a year, we offer Mini Grants to a broader range of organizations, with the goal of supporting high-impact projects that reach new audiences or fill a gap within the community. Our Arts in Education program funds school performances and artistic residencies. Annual Strategic Grants build organizational capacity and stimulate innovation. Additional targeted grant programs are added throughout the year, as funding becomes available.
ACAAC recently reviewed and revised its grant programs to ensure that marketing, application and review processes, and funds awarded reflect our organizational principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Targeted outreach efforts are helping to engage every member of our arts community, and simplified applications, accessible support, and transparent evaluation processes will help to level the playing field.
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View the list of current grant offerings on our Submittable page
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from August 15, 2023 until March 5, 2024*
There is no preset range, but please note that ACAAC is unable to fully fund most programs. We recommend you plan a 1:1 cash match for your project.
*If all grant funds are awarded before March 5, 2024, then the application will close.
These grants enable schools and PTO/PTA groups to present quality performances and residencies for students in dance, history, music, theatre, and arts-related or arts-integrated projects. All accredited K-12 Anne Arundel County public and private schools are eligible to apply. Learn more about our AiE program HERE
May 1 – 31 (Fall Mini Grant)
October 1 – 31 (Spring Mini Grant)
Up to $2,500
Mini Grants support arts programming by nonprofits or community organizations that will benefit an underserved audience or fill a community need. Partnerships are highly encouraged, and a 1:1 cash match is required.
March 1 -March 31 (Spring Applications) - Cycle Closed
Up to $4,000
This funding opportunity is the result of a partnership between ACAAC and Anne Arundel County, and provides funding for programming that utilizes heritage resources in Anne Arundel County in a new or innovative way; increases public access to historic sites; improves or enhances how the public engages with heritage resources; and/or encourages the maintenance and preservation of important heritage sites.
Applications will be accepted from organizations located in the City of Annapolis that provide programming for the citizens of Anne Arundel County. This grant cycle will also consider funding request that include as part of the request, support for certain limited physical improvements to an historic property that will directly support or expand proposed programming, and help the applicant provide for safe, ADA-compliant public access. Support to acquire, upgrade or maintain physical assets of the applicant must be directly related to proposed or current public programming or events.
April 1 - April 30
Tier I – For organizations with an annual operating budget of up to $100,000
Tier II – For organizations with an annual operating budget of between $100,000 – $750,000
Tier III – For organizations with an annual operating budget of more than $750,000
Founding Grants for new applicants up to $2,500 per year
Annual Community Arts Grants provide general operating support to 501(c)(3) arts organizations that are based in and provide programming in Anne Arundel County.
Founding Grants are for nonprofits that have not previously received Community Arts Grant funding.
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