State arts grants available for nonart organizations

October 20, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Applications are being accepted for grants from the Maryland State Arts Council's Non-Arts Organization Grant program.

The program offers money to churches, libraries, community centers, schools and other nonprofit organizations for arts activities.

The primary purpose of organizations that apply for these grants has to be other than the production or presentation of the arts.

* Arts program grants are for continuing arts activities produced for general audiences in one of nine categories. The grants, which may provide as much as 10 percent of a project's budget, will be based on artistic merit, the organization's administrative performance and service to the community.

* Incentive grants are designed to encourage an organization to expand its programming to serve minorities, individuals with disabilities or rural audiences.

Arts program grant applicants also may apply for incentive grants.

Incentive grant proposals will be evaluated on artistic merit, the ability of the applicant to carry out the project, the significance of the project to the proposed artists and audiences, and the financial feasibility of the project.

* Arts project grants, which may cover as much as 20 percent of an arts project budget, are for programs that are not necessarily part of the group's continuing activities.

These grants -- for projects to be produced for general audiences -- are also available in nine categories. Applications will be reviewed based on the artistic merit of the project, the ability of the applicant to carry out the project and financial feasibility.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Maryland State Arts Council before submitting an application to ensure that they are applying for the appropriate grant and category.

Completed applications must be postmarked by Dec. 1 or be hand-delivered to the Maryland State Arts Council offices at 601 N. Howard St., Baltimore 21201, by 5 p.m. that day.

Information: 410-333-8232.

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