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The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County is committed to supporting the organizations and programs that advance our mission to encourage and invest in our local arts and cultural heritage community. Grantmaking is key to helping us make this impact. Every year we offer at least four grant programs to schools and eligible nonprofit organizations in Anne Arundel County.

  • The Arts Council’s Community Arts Grant supports ongoing activities of successful nonprofit cultural arts organizations. It is a general operating grant, open to organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status that have been in existence for a year or more. A Founding Grant is a one-time award for new nonprofit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status that have not previously received funding from the Arts Council. Registered public and private schools in Anne Arundel County may apply for two types of grants to help fund their artistically driven educational programs. Each school may apply for no more than two (2) Arts in Education grants per school (i.e. one of each grant or 2 residency grants or 2 auditorium grants) per fiscal year.

    Guidelines Apply

  • Arts Council of Anne Arundel County Mini Grants provide support to community-based organizations that 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 underserved audiences.

    Guidelines Apply

  • Strategic Impact Grants specifically fund arts and cultural resource projects that fall outside the scope of an organization’s normal programming but have the potential to create a major impact on the local community. This grant is open by invitation only to eligible Community Arts Grant recipients.

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  • Click here to access the GO Smart grant application portal.

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  • The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County is pleased to again 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 FY2021 grant funding opportunity. Funding of up to $2,500 is available to local 501(c)(3) organizations for public programming that utilizes heritage resources in Anne Arundel County in a new or innovative way; increases public access to historic sites; or improves or enhances how the public engages with heritage resources. Preference will be given to complete applications submitted by smaller, new, or developing archaeological, historic, cultural, and historic preservation organizations.

    Requirements for Applicants: Must be a 501(c)(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 open: October 5, 2020
    • Application closed: October 30, 2020
    • Grant performance period: January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021
    • Grant Award Range: $500.00 through $2,500.00
    • Notification Date of Awards: December 9, 2020
    • Final Reports Due by: August 31, 2021


    Completed applications should be returned electronically to

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