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 2020, THE MARYLAND STATE ARTS COUNCIL AWARDED GFO GRANTS TO 211 ARTS ORGANIZATIONS AND PROGRAMS ACROSS THE STATE TOTALING $14,840,873.
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 that is open to the public. GFO awardees educate children, uplift communities, stimulate business activity and support jobs.
GFO Grant Guidelines
GFO Important Dates
The FY22 Intent to Apply application is now open and available through Smart Simple. Intent to Apply applications are due on September 15, 2020.
If your organization is a NEW Applicant or if your organization DID NOT receive a Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 MSAC GFO Grant, your organization was required to complete the Intent to Apply form in order to be eligible to apply for an MSAC FY2022 GFO Grant.
If your organization was deemed eligible, you will complete a Full Application for FY22.
To confirm eligibility and complete the "Intent to Apply" form, you must be able to answer "YES!" to all five sections in the chart below.
If you were not able to confirm all five but are still interested in learning more about the growth of your arts organization, please let us know how we can help by connecting with GFO Program Staff.
Forms submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
All grantees are required to submit a Final Report communicating data required by the National Endowment for the Arts. This required data can be found here. For program specific Report information, please see the corresponding Guidelines.
MSAC is currently seeking panelists for the FY22 GFO cycle. Applications are due on September 4, 2020.
MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects Grants for Organizations (GFO) panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the disciplines of the organizations under review. Panelists must be Maryland residents.
The FY22 GFO process will include one multi-disciplinary panel to review all new applications and organizations in an “on-year.”
Panelists receive modest compensation for their service.
What does a panelist do?
Attend one in-person or virtual training session.
Review and evaluate applications on MSAC’s online grants management system, SmartSimple.*
Complete assigned extension assignments (Artistic Site Visits and In-Depth Conversations)
Attend one GFO panel meeting (March/April 2021)
*The average commitment of hours varies based on the number of applications. The majority of work happens on the panelists’ own time from late November 2020 through the panel meeting in March/April 2021.
Panelists must have access to a computer with internet connection to complete reviews.
How do I apply to be a panelist?
Submit your application via MSAC’s online grants management system, SmartSimple.
Click the Apply Now button below to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple.
Under Funding Opportunities, select "Public Call."
Select "Panelist" from the drop down options and click "Save Draft" to populate the application.
Select “Grants for Organizations” as the Grant Program.