Traffic is brisk on the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County website as local nonprofit organizations fill out their applications for General Operating Grants, Founding Grants and Special Project Grants along with Mini-Grants for art activities for fiscal year 2015.
The deadline is May 2 to complete the forms online. As of this month, paper applications are no longer available or accepted.
“We’re trying to streamline the process, while being environmentally responsible,” explains Senior Program Manager Brenda Collins. “So far, the process has been going very smoothly. Last month we offered online tutorials and applicants are always welcome to call our office for assistance.”
Over 40 nonprofit organizations—museums, theaters, performing groups, and teaching institutes— rely on grants and support from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. The grants range in size from $500 to $70,000 and can make the difference in a nonprofit organization’s survival. Admission tickets, art class fees, and art sales seldom cover general overhead operating costs.
“Our mission is to encourage and invest in the visual arts, performing arts, and historical preservation in Anne Arundel County,” explains Executive Director April Nyman. “Distributing grants is one of our primary means of supporting arts and culture in our community.”
Providing a resource for the cultural arts community through advocacy, funding, programming, and promotions, the Arts Council supports a variety of groups that include Maryland Federation of Art, Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra, Compass Rose Theater, and the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum.
The Arts Council also administers the Arts in Education Program serving both public and private Anne Arundel County Schools, which provides grant funding to bring performances and artists into auditoriums and classrooms.
For more information about the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and to find out how you can become a member call 410-222-7949 or visit www.acaac.org.