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
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
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.
Click here to access the GO Smart grant application portal.
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.
Completed applications should be returned electronically to email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have received a grant from us, the award should be acknowledged in the following ways:
Logos for Download
The ACAAC logo is available in .jpg and .png formats HERE
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 email@example.com
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.
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Send photographs or videos to McKenna Kennedy (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please ensure that you have a valid release form on file for subjects, and see below for caption requirements.
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 email@example.com.
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