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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

Grants for Organizations

Grants for Organizations

Strengthening Maryland's Arts Infrastructure: Grants for Organizations

From large, internationally renowned institutions to local gems of the community, Maryland invests in organizations and programs that uplift, inspire and enrich our citizens through the boundless power of the arts. 

IN FISCAL YEAR 2017, THE MSAC AWARDED GFO GRANTS TO 285 ARTS ORGANIZATIONS AND PROGRAMS ACROSS THE STATE TOTALING $13,775,542.

The Grants for Organizations (GFO) granting program provides unrestricted general operating support to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, as well as units of government, that produce or present ongoing arts programming open to the public.  GFO awardees educate children, anchor communities, stimulate business activity and support jobs. 

GFO grants are reviewed and awarded on the basis of three evaluation criteria:  artistic merit, organizational effectiveness, and service to the community.  View definitions and detailed descriptions of these GFO Review Criteria (PDF).

MSAC uses a staggered, three-year application cycle to review GFO applications. During the two years in which an organization is not required to submit a FULL Application, organizations will submit a Request for Funding (RFF) application and will not go through the panel evaluation process.  This process is explained in detail in the FY 2018 Grant Guidelines. Awardees are selected after thorough evaluation by advisory panels of professionals from the artistic categories in which grants are awarded.

See past and current awardees lists here.

GFO Grant Guidelines

MSAC accepts applications to the GFO program one-time per year with deadlines scheduled each Fall. Full guidelines for the FY2018 application are available now. FY2018 Guidelines.

Eligibility requirements apply and are specific to the type of GFO application submitted.  For detailed information about eligibility requirements and application types, review the FY2018 GFO Guidelines.

New Applicants  

If your organization is a NEW Applicant or if your organization DID NOT receive a Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 MSAC GFO Grant, your organization is required to complete the Intent to Apply form along with the additional documents specified on the form, in order be eligible to apply for an MSAC FY2018 GFO Grant. The Intent to Apply form is available to complete in eGrant. The deadline is September 21, 2016.
 

Returning Applicants

If your organization has consistently been applying for and receiving GFO grant awards, with no recent lapses in application submissions, you will be asked to submit one of the following two applications each year.

  1. Information about FULL GFO Applications
  2. Information about the Request for Funding (RFF) Application