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
FY17 Organizational Development 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.
FY17 Artists-in-Education Grantees: Bonnie Branch Middle School PTA, Bushy Park Elementary School PTA, Clarksville Middle School PTA, Clemens Crossing Elementary School PTA, Dunloggin Middle School PTA, Glenwood Middle School PTA, Harpers Choice Middle School PTA, Ilchester Elementary School PTA, Lime Kiln Elementary School PTA, Lisbon Elementary School PTA, Marriotts Ridge High School PTSA, Stevens Forest Elementary School PTA, Talbott Springs Elementary School PTA, and Thunder Hill 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.
FY17 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., First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 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 & Vantage House
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.
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.
FY17 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.
NOTE: Our 2017 Rising Star Competition will feature winners from previous years vying to regain the title. Therefore, we will not be accepting new applications this year. Please check back in August 2017 for information on how to apply for the 2018 Rising Star Competition.