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As one of 24 County arts agencies established by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Allegany Arts Council receives annually more than one-third of its operating budget through the County Arts Development program. This funding provides operational and programmatic support to the organization, allowing it to meet its strategic objectives.

As a Community Arts Development funding recipient, County arts agencies are expected to serve as funders in their own communities, supporting a broad range of creative endeavors. Annually, the Arts Council provides a portion of its funding to Arts in Education initiatives, and operates two grant funding programs.

In 2020, the Arts Council funded more than $45,000 in general operation grants, creative placemaking grants, and individual artist relief grants.

General Operating Grants

General Operating Grants support the daily operations of arts agencies, and are intended to fill critical funding gaps which often limit arts organizations in paying professional staff, managing facilities or in pursuing capital improvements. Organizations are eligible to apply for a maximum of $3,500 annually and must provide a final grant report at the conclusion of the grant period.

Congratulations to the following organizations who received $22,850 in general operating grants for 2021-22.

Acting Out for Good
Chorus of the Potomac
Cumberland Choral Society
Cumberland Jazz Society
Cumberland Theatre
Embassy Theatre
FSU Center for Literary Arts
FSU Cultural Events Series
FSU Department of Theatre & Dance
Maryland Theatre Arts Company
Mountainside Baroque
Savage Mountain Punk Arts
Tri-State Community Concert Association
World Artists Experiences

2021-2022 General Operating Grant Final Report
2021-2022 General Operating Grant Final Report (Word)


Creative Placemaking Grants

Creative Placemaking projects help transform communities into beautiful and resilient places with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking projects are intended to enhance the quality of life for community residents, encourage artistic community development, and create a sense of place. Individuals, arts-based organizations, artists or collaborators may apply. Applicants are eligible to apply for a maximum of $5,000 annually and must provide a final grant report at the conclusion of the grant period.

Applicants interested in the creative placemaking program should contact the Arts Council prior to submission as it may be possible to apply for companion public art funding to support the project.

Congratulations to the following who received Creative Placemaking awards in 2021-22:

Michael Hunter Thompson for his project “Fade to Blue”
Greg Larry for the Joe Maphis 100th Celebration.

2021-2022 Creative Placemaking Grant Final Report
2021-2022 Creative Placemaking Grant Final Report (Word)

The Application Process

Applications are made available in the spring each year for both grant programs with an application deadline of June 30 annually. Applicants which have received funding in the previous fiscal year must provide a final, written grant report before new applications will be considered. Funds are generally awarded by by mid-August of each year.

How Applications Are Evaluated

The Arts Council bylaws require a standing Grants Committee, comprised of its Executive Director as Chair, and six community members appointed by the Director who should offer broad representation of the community, and diversity of experience. The committee reviews all eligible applications and utilizes a rubric to rank applicants based upon completion of eligibility guidelines, final reports from previous years, overall funding need and artistic merit. Applicants will be notified of the status of their grant applications at the conclusion of the Grants Committee review period.

The Arts Council is willing to offer technical assistance to organizations or individuals who have not previously applied for grant funding. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at or at 301.777.2787.