Grants and Scholarships
Fund the Arts
The Howard County Arts Council is authorized by Howard County Government and the Maryland State Arts Council to administer public funds designated for the arts. As the official grant-giving agency for the arts in the county, we administer several grant programs and award more than $300,000 annually to local arts organizations, PTAs, key regional arts and cultural institutions, college-bound high school seniors, and others. Through these grant programs, the Arts Council helps ensure stability and growth in the arts community.
Current grant programs are listed below with links to the most current applications and guidelines.
Artists-in-Education Grant Program
The Artists-in-Education Grant Program is a partnership between the Howard County Arts Council and local PTAs which places professional artists in residence at private and public K-12 schools to help students foster creative exploration.
The FY15 Artists-in-Education grant application is now available online at hcac.culturegrants.org. Deadline to apply is June 5, 2014.
FY14 Artists-in-Education Grantees: Atholton Elementary School PTA, Bonnie Branch Middle School PTA, Bushy Park Elementary School PTA, Deep Run Elementary School PTA, Glenwood Middle School PTA, Harper's Choice Middle School PTA, Hollifield Station Elementary School PTA, Lime Kiln Middle School PTA, Longfellow Elementary School PTA, Manor Woods Elementary School PTA, Northfield Elementary School PTA, Swansfield Elementary School PTA, Talbott Springs Elementary School PTA, and Wilde Lake Middle School PTA
The Community Arts Development Grant Program
The Community Arts Development Grant Program funds day-to-day activities for county arts organizations, as well as arts-related projects for new arts organizations or non-arts groups.
The FY15 CAD grant application is now available online at hcac.culturegrants.org. Deadline to apply is May 15, 2014.
FY14 Community Arts Development Grantees: Candlelight Concert Society, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Columbia Bands, Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia Orchestra, Columbia Pro Cantare Ltd., Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, Howard County Ballet, Howard County Concert Orchestra, Howard County Poetry & Literature Society, Kinetics Dance Theatre, Kittamaqundi Community Church, Little Patuxent Review, ManneqArt, Misako Ballet Company, Rep Stage, ShowTime Singers, Silhouette Stages, & Sundays At Three
Organizational Development Grant Program
The Organizational Development Grant funds efforts to stabilize and support the organizational development and professional business management skills of arts organizations in Howard County.
The Jim Rouse Theatre Subsidy Program
The JRT Subsidy Program assists community arts groups by partially underwriting theatre rental fees at The Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Baltimore City Arts & Cultural Organizations Grant Program
The Baltimore City Arts & Cultural Grant Program provides funding to key Baltimore City organizations that serve the citizens of Howard County. At this time, only previous recipients of HCAC’s Baltimore City Arts & Cultural Grant Program are eligible to apply to this program.
The FY15 BCAC grant application is now available online at hcac .culturegrants.org. Deadline to apply is April 17, 2014.
FY14 Baltimore City Arts & Cultural Grantees: American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Center Stage Associates, Inc., Maryland Science Center, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, National Aquarium in Baltimore, Port Discovery Children's Museum, & The Walters Art Museum
OUTREACH HOWARD Grant Program
The OUTREACH HOWARD Grant Program was established to encourage recipients of the Howard County Arts Council’s Baltimore City Arts and Cultural Organization Grant Program to extend the reach of their programs directly to Howard County residents by producing an arts and/or cultural activity at a location in Howard County.
The Mark Ryder Original Choreography Grant Program
The Mark Ryder Original Choreography Grant Program recognizes individual creative expression and provides financial assistance to choreographers to create new original work.
FY14 Mark Ryder Original Choreography Grantee: Shobha Subramanian of Jayamangala
Arts Scholarship Program
The Arts Scholarship Program provides funding to college-bound seniors committed to pursuing a career in the arts. Last year, HCAC awarded $15,000 in scholarship funds to students entering college in the 2013-2014 academic year. Scholarships must be used for enrollment in an accredited college program for a degree in the arts.
The deadline to apply for the 2014 Arts Scholarship Program has passed.
Download Scholarship Recommendation Forms here.
Rising Star Emerging Performing Artist Award
The Rising Star Emerging Performing Artist Award recognizes individual creative expression and provides financial assistance for emerging performers to further their career.