Maryland Grants and Programs

Prince George's County, the State of Maryland, and various local non-profits offer various County programs to support artists and local organizations. The following grants are offered yearly per organization.


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UPDATE: Please contact your local CDC for direct referrals in addition to the listings below. Fall 2021-Spring 2022 offers Gateway artists access to a Press Outreach Toolkit.

  • Cultivating Demand for the Arts: Arts Learning, Arts Engagement, and State Arts Policy by Laura Zakaras and Julia F. Lowell, Commissioned by the Wallace Foundation - Will the current priorities and practices of policymakers and major funders meet the challenges created by the diminishing demand? If not, what kinds of adjustments might reverse the decline? The findings in this report are intended to shed light on what it means to cultivate demand for the arts, why it is necessary and important to cultivate this demand, and what SAAs and other arts and education policymakers can do to help.
  • Local Arts Rapid Response Toolkit by Americans for the Arts - When you face a funding cut, you need to be able to take swift and efficient action to mitigate the situation—mobilize your advocates, create your message, and implement your strategy. To simplify this process for you, A4A have developed this ever-expanding online tool to provide you with current information and key messaging, communications and advocacy strategies, and the research you need to make the case.
  • Arts & Economic Prosperity III Tool Kit by Americans for the Arts - It's packed with great tips and ideas for using research to make your case for arts funding and favorable arts policies.


Prince George's County Grants For Artists & Organizations


Maryland State Arts Council Grants For Artists

  • Arts in Communities Grants - On a Yearly Basis
  • MSAC Artists-in-Residence Grants - Provides opportunities for hands-on intensive workshops involving a small core group of students and teachers over a number of days or weeks. Contact Christine Stewart, Program Director, 410-767-6476. 
  • MSAC Arts-in-Education (AiE) Visiting Performers Program - MSAC offers a Visiting Performers Program Roster of Artists. Artists can join each year's roster. Clients then contact the performer for scheduling. The performer then drafts a contract that includes the subsidized amount for the performance by the AiE Program and the client's share of the performance. 
  • MSAC Individual Artist Awards - Awards grants to Maryland artists through an anonymous, competitive process that encourages and sustains the pursuit of artistic excellence across the state. Ranges from $1000-$6000 per year. The program is administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Contact Ann Turiano of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, or call her at 410.539.6656, ext. 101 TTY 1.800.735.2258 or 711. 


Maryland State Arts Council Grants For Organizations

  • Grants for Organizations: General Operating Grants (GOG) - Supports arts producing or presenting organizations in the state whose programming is open to the general public. Arts organizations are defined as those whose purpose is producing or presenting the arts through public programs or services. Organizations applying for a GFO Track I - General Operating Grant must have allowable operating expenses of more than $20,000. The minimum grant is $1,000. 
  • Grants for Organizations: Arts Program Grants Track I (PRG) - Supports non-arts organizations that provide ongoing arts programming to the general public. Non-arts organizations are defined as those whose primary purpose is not producing or presenting the arts. Organizations applying for a GFO Track I - Arts Program Grant must have allowable arts program expenses of more than $20,000. The minimum grant is $1,000. 
  • Grants for Organizations: Arts Program Grants Track II - Supports organizations that produce or present arts activities that are open to the public and have allowable expenses of at least $2,000. Organizations with allowable expenses of less than $2,000 should check out the Arts in Communities Grants Program. Organizations applying for a GFO Track II Grant must have allowable expenses of at least $2,000. The minimum grant is $1,000 and the maximum grant is $2,500. 
  • MSAC's Touring Artists Program Grant - The Maryland Touring Grants is designed to promote artistic opportunities for professional touring artists in Maryland. This is a unique and exciting program for Maryland performing artists to enhance their marketing and touring capacity, as well as showcase the wide array of diverse talent in the state. Maryland nonprofit organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are invited to apply for funding to help defray costs associated with presenting participating performing artists at venues in Maryland. Participating performing artists appear on the Maryland Touring Artists Roster. Contact Sharon Blake, Program Director, 410-767-6536. 
  • Public Art Project Grants - Supports the implementation of local public art projects. County arts councils funding or supporting community-based public art projects in their jurisdiction are eligible to apply for funding. The public art Project Grant provides matching grant support for a single community-based public art project. The project must be permanently installed in a public place and accessible. General operating support is not available through the public art Project Grant. Contact Pamela Dunne, Program Director, 410-767-6484. 
  • Project Grants & Traditional Arts Apprenticeships - Maryland Traditions Project Grants support research and programming that adds significance to Maryland communities by encouraging and funding professionals as well as community scholars, organizations, and artists to document, preserve, sustain, and present Maryland's traditional arts and culture. Program staff and partners will work with Maryland Traditions Project Grant recipients to provide technical assistance and identify networks to connect the project to other activities and resources. Contact Clifford Murphy, 410-767-6450, or Michelle Stefano, 410-767-6570. 


Maryland Historical Trust Capital Grants for Organizations

  • African American Heritage Preservation Program Grants - The African American Heritage Preservation Grant Program is administered as a joint partnership of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT). The Program provides support for the acquisition, construction, and capital improvement buildings, sites, or communities of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland. This competitive program, offered once per year, is supported through an annual appropriation from the Maryland General Assembly. Contact Dr. Joni Jones, MCAAHC Director, at (410) 216-6190. Applications due 7/15/12.
  • Capital Grants for Historic Preservation Projects - The Maryland Historical Trust Capital Historic Preservation Grant Program provides support for the acquisition, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic properties. Contact Anne Raines, RA, LEED AP, at (410) 514-7634. Unavailable as of FY 2011.
  • Museum Assistance Grant Program - Supports historical and cultural museums as they professionalize museum practices and identify and reward excellence. These state funds leverage non-state support for historical and cultural museums that are operated by nonprofit organizations or local jurisdictions and that have been open to the public on a regular basis for three years. Offers Planning and Assessment Grants, Project Challenge Grants and Enhancement Grants. Contact Mary Alexander, Director of the Museum Advancement Program at (410) 514-7622.
  • Maryland Heritage Areas Program - The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants to non-profit organizations and governments for capital and non-capital projects located within a Maryland Certified Heritage Area (CHA). Grants can support projects involving historical, cultural, or natural resources, sites, events, or facilities. Eligible projects must have a heritage tourism component, for example the project involves a visitor destination such as a museum, visitor center, or nature center; helps to provide facilities and services that support heritage tourism. Contact Richard Hughes, MHAA Administrator, or (410) 514-7685.


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