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Grants For Artists and Arts Organizations

 

Fran Abrams, Grants Director
Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
801 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
 301-565-3805
 -Fran.abrams@creativemoco.com
 www.creativemoco.com

  Interview Highlights

  • These programs are only for Montgomery County, Maryland.
  • Similar programs are available all around the country.
  • They receive most of their funding from the county but also the state and from private donations.
  • The council has been around for 30 years.
  • The grant making program has been straightened out in the last 5 to 6 years.
  • They take a leadership role in supporting arts and humanities in the county.
  • Their grants are available to both the artist community and the humanity community.
  • Grants can be used for people studying art history, studying the arts etc.
  • They give money to philosophers, and all forms of art.
  • They believe that the creative community is where is it at even for economic development.
  • They believe that if you don't have good local artists you won't have a growing economy.
  • They have grants for large organizations, small organizations and individuals.
  • They also have grants for artists who will work at community organizations.
  • They have grants for artists to come into a normal school environment to use art to teach math, science and other subjects.
  • You do not have to be a famous artist.
  • You do have to be a resident of Montgomery County Maryland.
  • The most important thing to do: READ THE GUIDELINES.
  • TBe sure you are aware of the time line. Applications as normally due in March or April.
  • They give all the help they can to help people with the applications.
  • They will look at rough drafts of applications.
  • They even have free workshops on how to fill out the applications.
  • They believe that their local council is a training ground for learning how to write a grant for other bigger grants.
  • he hope to have an online grant system from next year and have webinars where you can sit at your computer and learn.
  • They have outside readers review the grant applications and make recommendations.
  • They give out about $4 million a year to about 100 different organizations and individuals.
  • They hope the budget for next year to be about the same, only a 5% cut from last year.
  • They are about to launch a new website called www.doandgo.org that shows all the art happenings in Montgomery County.
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