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 $500,000 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.
The following grant applications and corresponding final reports are available at hcac.culturegrants.org:
The following grant applications and corresponding final reports are available here for download:
FY17 Mark Ryder Original Choreography Grant Application
Howard County Arts Council Grant Programs
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.
FY16 Artists-in-Education Grantees: Bellows Spring Elementary School PTA, Bonnie Branch Middle School PTA, Bryant Woods Elementary School PTA, Bushy Park Elementary School PTA, Clarksville Elementary School PTA, Clarksville Middle School PTA, Dayton Oaks Elementary School PTA, Dunloggin Middle School PTA, Glenwood Middle School PTA, Harpers Choice Middle School PTA, Longfellow Elementary School PTA, Northfield Elementary School PTA, Running Brook Elementary School PTA, Thomas Viaduct Middle School PTA, Thunder Hill Elementary School PTA, Waterloo Elementary School PTA, West Friendship Elementary School PTA, Wilde Lake Middle School PTA, and Worthington Elementary 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.
FY16 Community Arts Development Grantees: Arc of Howard County, Candlelight Concert Society, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Columbia Bands, Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia Orchestra, Columbia Pro Cantare Ltd., HopeWorks of Howard County, Howard County Ballet, Howard County Concert Orchestra, Howard County Poetry & Literature Society, Kinetics Dance Theatre, Little Patuxent Review, ManneqArt, Misako Ballet Company, Rep Stage, ShowTime Singers, Silhouette Stages, & Sundays At Three
Organizational Development & Equipment Grant Program
The Organizational Development & Equipment Grant funds efforts to stabilize and support the organizational development and professional business management skills of arts organizations in Howard County, as well as provides one-time funding to purchase equipment to enhance or improve the production and presentation of artistic or cultural programming.
FY15-16 Organizational Development & Equipment Grantees: Candlelight Concert Society, Columbia Bands, Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia Orchestra, Kinetics Dance Theatre, & ManneqART
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.
FY16 Baltimore City Arts & Cultural Grantees: American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Center Stage Associates, Inc., Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Maryland Historical Society, 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.
FY16 OUTREACH HOWARD Grantees: American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Maryland Science Center, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Port Discovery Children's Museum, & The Walters Art Museum
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.
Arts Scholarship Program
The Arts Scholarship Program provides funding to college-bound Howard County seniors committed to pursuing a career in the arts. Last year, HCAC awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds to students entering college in the 2015-2016 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 2016 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.
The deadline to apply for the 2016 Rising Star Competition has passed. Application guidelines for the 2017 Rising Star Competition will be available in August.