Special Request grants provide support for arts activities that fall outside organizations’ regular budgets and represent a departure from regular activities but align with MSAC’s goals to provide support and build capacity for Maryland’s arts sector.

Eligible Special Request applicants must be Arts Organizations or organizations with dedicated Arts Programs.

MSAC convenes a group of panelists to evaluate applications electronically. Each application is evaluated using the rubric criteria published in the grant guidelines linked above. Panelists assign points and supply qualitative comments for each scored question.

Click here to see a recording of the FY24 Special Request information session.

Click here to see the FY24 Special Request information session slides.

Upon execution of grant agreement, payment will be processed for receipt in 6-8 weeks. Grantees are required to submit a final report at the completion of the funded project. For detailed reporting requirements, please see the Grant Guidelines.

All MSAC grants are paid on the same timeline. To learn more, click here.

An annual final report describes how funds were spent over the most recently completed granting period. The final report collects narrative, fiscal, and demographic information in keeping with MSAC and National Endowment for the Arts requirements.

Successful completion of a final report is required. Final reports are completed in SmartSimple, the same online grants management system used for applications. Final Reports forms and instructions are available upon grant award.