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GFO FULL Grant Applications

GFO FULL Grant Applications

Overview - FULL Applications

MSAC uses a staggered, three-year application cycle to review GFO applications.  Every third year, organizations assigned to particular artistic categories are required to submit a FULL application and go through the panel evaluation process.  This process is explained in detail in the FY 2019 GFO Grant Guidelines. Organizations or arts programs with allowable expenditures of greater than $50,000 will submit the GFO application for General Operating (GOG) or Arts Program (PRG).  Organizations or arts programs with allowable expenditures of $50,000 and less will submit the GFO application for Basic General Operating (BGO) or Basic Arts Program (BPR).

Organizations in the following artistic categories are required to submit a FULL application for the upcoming FY 2019 grant cycle:

  • Children's Events
  • Dance
  • Multi-Discipline A
  • Music C

Definitions of all artistic categories are available in the FY 2019 GFO Grant Guidelines.

Please note, there are a number of circumstances in which MSAC may require FULL applications from organizations assigned to other artistic categories for the upcoming FY 2019 grant cycle.  Returning applicants to the GFO program will receive multiple notifications throughout the grant cycle with instructions and verification regarding the application they should submit.  If you have questions about your application status, contact MSAC.

Guidelines, Templates

Upcoming Application Deadlines

FY 2019 Intent to Apply Submission Deadline: September 21, 2017

If your organization is a NEW Applicant or if your organization DID NOT receive a Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 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 FY2019 GFO Grant. The Intent to Apply form is available to complete in eGrant. MSAC staff will evaluate the documents and information you submit to verify your eligibility to apply for a GFO grant. If you attempt to submit a GFO application without first verifying your eligibility, your application will be deemed ineligible.

FY 2019 FULL GFO is closed and FY 2019 RFF is now open. 

Grantee Requirements

  • eGrant (  MSAC utilizes the internet-based eGrant system to accept GFO grant applications electronically. View information about eGrant in the FY 2019 GFO Grant Guidelines.

  • DataArtsParticipation is required for all GFO applicants. DataArts collects information such as income and expenses, attendance, program activity, and staff numbers. View information about DataArts and about the funder report we require as an attachment to all GFO applications.

  • Reports.  Grants for Organizations' Grantees must file interim and final reports, both narrative and financial, by the specified deadlines. Necessary reporting methods will be provided by MSAC in ample time to meet deadlines. Failure to report may jeopardize any future grant being received by the organization and may result in the organization being required to repay grant funds. Log into your account to access the reports.

  • Crediting MSAC.  All MSAC grantees should use the MSAC logo to credit to the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) on the web, and in print publications and ads. Any organization receiving funds from MSAC must give credit to MSAC whenever and wherever credit is being given, including written, oral, broadcast, and internet.  View the Recognition Guidelines for ensuring proper credit to MSAC.