Howard County Arts Council
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Creative Howard Grant Program Guidelines
FY21 Application Calendar
Grant period ends June 30
Grant activities must take place within this grant period; projects are not funded retroactively, please plan ahead. See earliest start date below.
Rolling deadline based on funds available; applications due 60 days prior to proposed project start date.
Earliest project start date for projects.
Applications submitted by 11:59 PM EST on the first day of the month will be reviewed that month; applications received after that will be reviewed the following month.
Last deadline for FYE June 30.
Final Report Due within 15 business days of project completion.
Creative Howard Overview
The purpose of the Creative Howard grant program is to strengthen the vitality of the Howard County arts community and recognize the role of small nonprofit arts organizations and arts businesses in Howard County’s creative eco-system.
The goals for Creative Howard are:
· To increase access to the process of requesting grants to arts organizations and support needs in the arts community that may fall outside of the eligibility requirements of HCAC’s Community Arts Development grant program.
· To provide small non-profit 501c3- designated arts organizations with a foundation to apply for future Community Arts Development grants.
· To provide relief for revenue loss due to COVID-19.
Creative Howard supports eligible activities of small arts organizations (both 501c3 nonprofit arts organizations and for- and nonprofit arts businesses) with grants up to $1000. There is no matching fund requirement for Creative Howard grants. Applicants may receive funding for only one application per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
The deadline for Creative Howard is rolling. The deadline to submit the application is the first day of each month at 11:59PM. Applications will be reviewed monthly and Creative Howard grants will be awarded throughout the fiscal year until total funding allocated for the program is awarded.
HCAC will begin accepting applications on September 11, 2020 for the FY21 application cycle. The grant period for FY21 ends June 30, 2021. Funded activities must occur within the grant period. HCAC does not fund projects in progress or completed before the grant application deadline. Applications must be submitted at least 60 days before the proposed activities occur.
The application process will be closed once funding allocated for the program is fully awarded and will only be reopened should new funding become available.
Nonprofit arts organizations and arts businesses (see definitions below) located and operating in Howard County for at least one year prior to the application’s submission and throughout the funded project with an operating revenue of $100,000 or less (see application process below) are eligible to apply.
Not eligible to apply are current FY21 HCAC grant recipients, Howard County governmental agencies, and organizations that receive direct funding from Howard County, such as, Howard County Public Schools, Howard County Recreation and Parks, Howard Community College.
· Applicant must maintain their primary physical office and conduct at least 50% of all business operations, programs and activities in Howard County (i.e.: 50% of rehearsals, 50% of Board and committee meetings, 50% of performances, workshops, etc.). Corporate papers, such as the 990 and Personal Property Tax forms, letterhead, website, and program materials submitted must show primary office is located in the County.
· Applicant must have one fully completed and documented fiscal year of operations as of the date of the application submission.
· Applicant must produce or present arts programs, services or projects that are accessible to the public and relevant to its community (demonstrate need).
- Applicant may receive funding for one Creative Howard grant per fiscal year; the program may consist of a one-time activity or a series of related activities.
- A program is eligible for funding through Creative Howard if it supports an arts and/or cultural activity that is presented at a location in Howard County.
- Program activities must be open to the public with or without an admission fee, virtual programming is eligible.
- Program activities may include, but are not limited to, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, history exhibit or historic reenactment, lectures or seminars, literature, media arts, music, theater, visual arts, and workshops. This list is not exhaustive and applicants are encouraged to think creatively about their programs.
- Program budget must be based on cash income and expense only.
- Program expenses must be directly related to the artistic activities described in the application.
- In FY21, Creative Howard grant funds can be used to provide relief funds due to loss of income for modified and/or cancelled programs or operations as a result of COVID-19.
Submission of an application constitutes an understanding and agreement of the conditions set forth in these guidelines.
Please read the full guidelines, before starting the application. https://www.hocoarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/FY21 Creative Howard Grant Guidelines.pdf. Only successfully submitted, complete, on-line applications will be accepted and reviewed. Incomplete or hard copy applications will be disqualified. During this crisis, the Arts Council staff is working remotely and is available to assist applicants with any questions about completing this application by mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please understand there may be a delay in our response due to working remotely.
The Howard County Arts Council is seeking applications from artists to fill multiple artist studio spaces at Long Reach Village Center. The available studios range in size from 120 to 187 square feet, with monthly rents from $80-$125/month. Please contact email@example.com to tour the Village Center Studios.
The application will open on Friday, January 31, 2020. Other applications will be accepted on a rolling deadline until studios are filled. These applicants will be considered by the HCAC Committee. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as more studios become available.
Please note: at this time we are unable to process applications for artists using materials that are not water-soluble.
The Long Reach Artist Studio Program will host studio space for artists representing a variety of disciplines. Artists have 24-hour access, easy access to water, and a night security guard on the premises. Heat & utilities are included. Studio furniture is not included. The studios are located on the second floor of the Long Reach Office Suites. There is no elevator on the premises.
The Long Reach Artist Studio Program Objectives
To provide individual artists with a space in which they may pursue the production of fine arts. The fine arts include traditional and emerging art forms within, but not limited to, the visual arts, performing arts, and literary arts.
To support a diverse community of artists working in a variety of fine arts media and disciplines.
General benefits include: private and semi-private studios (shared entry access), 24-hour access to designated studio, physical mailing address, affordable monthly rental rate, and prime location as a part of Howard County’s Long Reach Rising Revitalization Project.
Studio Artists will also have an opportunity to showcase their work in pop-up galleries and other special events on the premises.
The Studio Program is open to practicing artists who demonstrate a central commitment to the production or performance of fine arts. Emerging Artists are also encouraged to apply.
HCAC Board of Directors, full-time staff, HCAC Center Committee, and their immediate family are ineligible to apply.
To apply for consideration as a Studio Artist, submit an application with the following attachments:
- Letter of Intent: In one page or less, provide a brief description of your work or project to be completed while in residence, your career direction, and why you should be awarded an Artist Studio at Long Reach Village Center.
- Up-to-date Resume: Three pages or less, listing education, background, exhibitions, awards, and/or publications.
- Artist Statement: In one page or less, concisely describe your creative work, process, technique, and conceptual development.
- Three Letters of Recommendation: Include references with the ability to speak to your character, responsibility, and contribution to community.
- Up to 20 Images Created within the Last Two Years that represent your work: Include at least one video recording if applying for performance art or video work. Videos must not exceed five minutes in duration.
- Image List
If available, include examples of printed materials such as articles, brochures, programs,
To hold a studio space at the Village Center, artists must, at a minimum, submit to the following:
- Artists must use their studios a minimum of eight hours per week (annual average). Those eight hours must be used for the development and production of their art and not for other unrelated employment or activities. Teaching in The Long Reach Artist Studios is not permitted.
- Artists must pay the studio rent within five working days of the first of each month.
- Artists must maintain a $2,000,000 general liability insurance policy for their studio as well as coverage for the contents of their studio.
- Artists must maintain a safe working environment in their studios. No hazardous materials may be used in The Long Reach Artist Studios. Artists must provide (and keep current) a list of materials they plan to use in their studios. Furthermore, they are expected to practice a “good neighbor” policy, being mindful of both materials and sounds that might disrupt the health and safety of the Village Center community.
- Artists must maintain annual membership with HCAC.
- Any changes to the studio must be approved by the HCAC Center Committee and artists must return the studio to its original condition when vacating.
Complete applications will be forwarded to the selection panel for consideration. Please do not staple hard-copy materials or put them in binders or plastic sheets. Handwritten statements will not be accepted.
All application materials must. be submitted online. Faxed, emailed, mailed or hand-delivered applications will not be accepted.
For full information, please see RFP here: https://www.hocoarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020_RFP_LRVC-all-studios-rev-2.5.20.pdf
Head StART in ART: Program Description
The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) partners with the Ellicott City and Old Cedar Lane Head Start Centers on artist- in-residence programs for children ages 3-5 enrolled in Head Start. This partnership, Head StART in ART, provides these children with an in-depth, hands-on artistic experience and ensures access to the arts that they might not otherwise have. The program will include 6-8 artists of different disciplines, offering a wide variety of new experiences for the children. The opportunity for such experiences during these formative years can have a direct impact on a child's development, as well as future appreciation of and involvement in the arts. HCAC coordinates, administers, and funds the project. HCAC begins by selecting an artist who is experienced in conducting school residency programs, particularly for young children, and then works closely with the artist and the Head Start staff to create a thematic program that is both enriching and developmentally appropriate. The children work with the artist and create something of which they, their parents, and teachers can be proud.
Teaching artists in a variety of arts disciplines are sought for residencies in support of Pre-K curriculum in the Ellicott City and Old Cedar Lane Head Start Centers (ages 3-5).
- Serve between 3-6 classes, 20-25 students per class, possibly over an extended period of time
- May be scheduled with the Center anytime between October-May during the school year
- Culminate with a performance (for performing arts) or exhibit (for visual arts) that parents may attend
Selected artists must have previous experience working with children, Pre-K preferred.
If selected artists have not been fingerprinted and have background checks on file, they should be prepared to do so.
For the 2020/2021 school year, artists are required to provide a virtual option. Please outline how your residency can be held virtually in your proposal.
1) Your proposed residency, including timeline, unit plan, materials list, perceived outcomes and goals as related to MSDE standards for Pre-K.
3) Three references
4) Samples of student work
5) Fee structure
HoCo RISE COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant for Organizations Guidelines
First deadline for grant applications October 1, 2020
County Executive Calvin Ball, through a new partnership with the Howard County Arts Council, has provided CARES Act funding to support IRS designated 501(c)3 arts organizations affected by COVID-19.
The HoCo RISE COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant for Organizations program was established to help stabilize and support independent, 501(c)3 county arts organizations for reimbursement of expenditures and other costs of business interruptions sustained due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. HCAC received additional funding for this program from the Maryland State Arts Council
HoCo RISE COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant for Organizations Overview
The purpose of the HoCo RISE COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant for Organizations (RELIEF GRANT) is to support current HCAC Community Arts Development grantees as they adjust to expenditures and other costs of business interruptions sustained because of modified or cancelled programs and/or operations due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. There is no matching financial requirement for the RELIEF GRANT program.
The deadline for RELIEF GRANT applications is rolling. The deadline to submit the application is the first day of each month at 11:59PM. Applications submitted on or before October 1st will be reviewed in October and applications submitted on or before November 1st will be reviewed November with the understanding that the timeline between review, approval and payment may be 90 days. The final grant deadline is November 1 at 11:59 PM.
HCAC will begin accepting applications in September 2020. The application process will be closed once funding allocated for the program is fully awarded and will only be reopened should new funding become available.
Applicant must be an independent 501(c)3 tax exempt arts organization and a current FY21 or previous FY20 HCAC Community Arts Development grant recipient. Arts programs (under a non-arts parent organization) and units of government, colleges, or K-12 schools are not eligible to apply.
Applicant must have at least one completed and documented fiscal year of ongoing arts activities as of the date of the application submission
Grant funds may be used for reimbursement of expenditures and other costs of business interruptions sustained because of programming and/or operations that have been modified or cancelled due to the COVID-19 public health emergency between July - December 30, 2020.
CAD Operating grantees may request a maximum amount of $30,000.00.
CAD Project grantees may request a maximum amount of $5,000.00.
Applicant is eligible to receive funding for one RELIEF FUND award through the HoCo RISE initiative through one of the following partners Howard County, Howard County Arts Council, or Howard County Economic Development Authority per the grant period (July 1 – December 30, 2020).
Please read the full guidelines, which includes the review criteria and application review process before starting the application. https://www.hocoarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/FY21 HoCo RISE Emergency Grant Guidelines for Existing CAD Grantees.pdf. Only successfully submitted, complete on-line applications will be accepted and reviewed. Incomplete or hard copy applications will be disqualified. During this crisis, the Arts Council staff is working remotely and is available to assist applicants with any questions about completing this application by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please understand that there may be a delay in our response due to working remotely.