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

SUBMITTABLE PORTAL

Grants & Guidelines

Arts in Education Grants

Application Period

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from August 15, 2023 until March 5, 2024*

Funding

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.

Overview

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

Mini Grants

Application Period

May 1 – 31 (Fall Mini Grant)
October 1 – 31 (Spring Mini Grant)

Funding

Up to $2,500

Overview

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.

Anne Arundel County Arts and Cultural Resources Grants

Application Period

December 1, 2023 -December 31, 2023

Funding

Up to $4,000

Overview

This funding opportunity is the result of a partnership between ACAAC and the Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning Cultural Resources Division, 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 in Anne Arundel County (which includes the City of Annapolis).

Community Arts Grants

Application Period

April 1 - April 30

Funding

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

Overview

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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