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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. Learn more about our Arts in Education grants HERE.

    FY2022 Community Arts Grant now open
    Application deadline: April 30, 2021 at midnight

     

    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.

    2021 Fall Mini Grant applications now open
    Application deadline: May 15, 2021 at midnight

    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

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    Completed applications should be returned electronically to tricia.sanborn@acaac.org.

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  • Below are guidelines for acknowledgment of receipt of a grant from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. For any questions, please contact Tricia Sanborn at tricia@acaac.org.

    If you have received a grant from us, the award should be acknowledged in the following ways:

    1. On printed materials
    • The ACAAC logo/name should be prominently displayed in all materials and announcements for your funded project.
    • If receiving general operating or arts program support, ACAAC acknowledgment must be included on all print materials, announcements, videos, reports, presentations, and press releases.
    • Minimum Size 12 Font.
    • Logo required (available for download below)
      • Minimum Specs of 2”x 2”
    • Minimum Language Requirements
      • “This [performance, project, event, organization, etc.] is supported in part by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (ACAAC) OR
      • “Thank you ACAAC! To discover more about the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and the impact of the arts on Anne Arundel County, visit acaac.org.”
      • For other language approval, please email tricia@acaac.org or mckenna.kennedy@acaac.org
    1. On your website or webpage
    • Acknowledgment of ACAAC must be prominently displayed on the organization/project website and any online reference to supported programming/projects.
    • If receiving general operating or arts program support, ACAAC acknowledgment must be included on the home page of the organization or project.
    • Size 10 Font minimum
    • Logo Required (available for download below)
      • Minimum specs of 2”x 2”
    • Minimum Language Requirements
      • “This [performance, project, event, organization, etc.] is supported in part by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (ACAAC) OR
      • “Thank you ACAAC! To discover more about the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and the impact of the arts on Anne Arundel County, visit acaac.org.”
      • For other language approval, please email tricia@acaac.org or mckenna.kennedy@acaac.org.
    • Include a hyperlink to the ACAAC website (https://www.acaac.org/).
    1. Social Media Connections
    • Use the following hashtag or social media handles on all posts referencing the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.
      • Hashtag: #Arts4AAC
      • Facebook Handle: @ArtsCouncilAAC
      • Twitter and Instagram Handles: @artscouncilaac
    • For program or project grants, include one social media post (on any preferred platform) that includes the grant recognition language above and appropriate hashtag or handle.
    • For general operating support, include one social media post per month (on any preferred platform) that includes the specified language above and hashtag or handle.
    1. Verbal Acknowledgement
    • Acknowledgment of ACAAC must be made verbally at any special events, oral presentations, radio or television interviews, and public meetings.
    • “This [performance, project, event, organization, etc.] is supported in part by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. Visit them at acaac.org.”

    Logos for Download

    The ACAAC logo is available in .jpg and .png formats HERE

    Invite ACAAC

    Please consider inviting ACAAC Staff and Board Members to any public event that may include donor recognition as part of the programming. Public acknowledgment of ACAAC funding, particularly when a staff, board member, or local legislator is present, allows arts audiences to understand the connection between the vote they cast for local officials, the local official’s support of ACAAC funding, and how that funding returns to our community. Please send all invitations to info@acaac.org

    ACAAC Calendar

    ACAAC grantee organizations and artists can post programs and events on our calendar, which appears on the ACAAC homepage found under Community > Events. To submit your event, go to www.acaac.org/our-community-events/community/add/

    Connecting with the Arts Blog

    We can help you to spread the word about your organization, project, event, or an artist in the local arts community through our Connecting with the Arts blog. The blog is published on the last Friday of the month; features must be received by the 20th of the preceding month. Instructions to submit a post are available HERE.

    Share Your Photos and Videos with Us!

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    Send photographs or videos to McKenna Kennedy (mckenna.kennedy@acaac.org). Please ensure that you have a valid release form on file for subjects, and see below for caption requirements.

    • Photos Specifications
    • File format: .jpg, jpeg, or .png.
    • Minimum file size: 900 x 1400 pixels at 300 dpi
    • Video Specifications
    • File Format: .mov, .mp4 or .m4v
    • Maximum file size: 30-second duration and up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second
    • Caption Requirements
    • Name of organization
    • Name of event, title(s) of artwork or production pictured
    • If photo or video must be credited, photographer’s name
    • Description for each image not to exceed 25 words in length

    Promoting Events

    We love promoting our grantees’ events! If there’s anything in particular you’d like for us to share on social media or in our weekly e-blast, contact McKenna at mckenna.kennedy@acaac.org.

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