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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT regarding the FY2020 Strategic Impact Grant Cycle:

Due to the resulting financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 Crisis, the FY2020 Strategic Impact Grant has been renamed the FY2020 Strategic COVID-19 Sustainability Grant.  

The FY2020 Strategic COVID-19 Sustainability Grant is open by INVITATION ONLY to existing FY2020 Community Arts Grant recipients of the Arts Council, who will receive an INVITATION CODE to apply. Grant Awards are anticipated to be in the $1,000.-$5,000. range, which may vary based on the number of applicants.  Awards are anticipated to be released by June 15, 2020.

The Application Cycle Dates will be as follows:  May 6, 2020 through May 21, 2020.

ADDENDUM:  The FY2021 Fall Mini-Grant Cycle remains suspended due to Arts Council revenue constraints.

The Arts Council remains committed to supporting our local arts community and will continue to provide updates regarding funding opportunities.

Please contact us electronically via our Website with any questions you may have:

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

Grantmaking is central to furthering the Arts Council’s impact in our local community.  Every year we offer at least four grant programs that are available for eligible 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.

    Guidelines Apply

  • 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.

    Guidelines Apply

  • 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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