Important Announcemment

FY 2020 Spring Mini Grant Applications will be Open Thursday, October 3, 2019 through Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Call 410-222-7949 if you have questions.

The main function of the ACAAC is to fund organizations and programs throughout the county that support our mission to encourage and invest in the Arts.

We mainly do this by awarding grants. Every year we offer at least 4 grants that are made available to non-profit organizations and schools in Anne Arundel County.

  • A General Operating Grant is awarded to established nonprofit cultural/arts organizations which have existed for more than one year and have IRS 501(C)(3) Tax Exempt status. A General Operating Grant supports ongoing activities of successful organizations. A Founding Grant is a one-time award to new nonprofit cultural/arts organizations which has not received prior grant funding from the Arts Council.  Founding Grant applicants must be non-profit Maryland corporations with an IRS 501C-3 status. An Arts in Education Grant is awarded each year to one (1) Residency and one (1) Auditorium of a registered public or private school in Anne Arundel County to help fund their artistically driven educational programs. Read more.  

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  • The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, Inc. (ACAAC) Mini-Grant program assists community-based organizations to produce and present arts activities for Anne Arundel County Residents. This program was created to extend Arts Council funding to a broader range of organizations, for targeted arts related activities, and to reach under-served audiences. Mini- Grant funding has also been generously provided through the Arts Council’s Community Partner, the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC). Together with its Fund Holders and Donors, CFAAC is committed to creating opportunities for citizens from all County communities to enjoy increased access to the arts, culture, and our natural resources.

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  • Strategic Impact Grants are earmarked for Projects that fall outside of an Organization’s regularly scheduled programming, to allow for a major change in the way an Organization is able to impact the Arts within the community. The Invitation to Apply is open to recipients of current Community Arts Grant recipients only.

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  • Access the GO SMART website to apply for our grants.

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  • The Arts Council is pleased to partner with the Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning Cultural Resources Division, which protects the County’s historic sites, buildings, archaeological sites and landscapes, to offer a SPECIAL FY2020 Spring Mini Grant funding opportunity. These Grants are intended for programming that: utilize heritage resources in our County in a new or innovative way; increase public access to historic sites; improve or enhance how the public engages with heritage resources; and/or encourages the maintenance, preservation of important heritage sites.

    Requirements for Applicants: Must be a 501C-3 Organization in Anne Arundel County that provides programming for the public to support heritage areas or historic preservation. The Cycle is intended for Applicants who have not previously received funding from the Arts Council.

    • Application Cycle Dates: Tuesday, October 2, 2019 through Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    • Grant Activities Period: January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020
    • Grant Award Range: $500.00 through $4,000.00
    • Notification Date of Awards: December 6, 2019
    • Final Reports Due by: August 31, 2020

    Completed Applications need to be returned electronically to the mail address below.

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