Programming & Capacity Building Project Grants

Programming & Capacity Building Project Grants (PCBPG) are available to arts and/or humanities organizations and groups located in Montgomery County, MD that may or may not be incorporated as non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Grant awards support projects for organizations and groups that work in a wide array of arts and humanities disciplines including performing arts, media arts, visual arts, literary arts, folk and traditional arts, history, and philosophy. Grants for FY25 will be awarded for activities occurring between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025.

Award amounts range from $1,000 up to $10,000. Requests for over $5,000 require the applicant to submit proof of 501(c)(3) status.

By awarding Programming & Capacity Building Project Grants, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) seeks to:

  • Encourage organizations/groups to maintain an active, two-way, ongoing relationship with the community in the planning, participation, and evaluation of public activity/activities, which include intentional strategies for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA);
  • Promote stability and healthy growth for arts and humanities organizations/groups by supporting enhanced capacity needs;
  • Help ensure diverse arts and humanities experiences for constituents of Montgomery County, MD;
  • Stimulate local support and involvement in the arts and humanities, including volunteer participation, audience development, and financial contributions;
  • Strengthen the scholarly and artistic capabilities of arts and humanities organizations/groups; and
  • Improve and/or stabilize the management infrastructure and effectiveness of arts and humanities organizations/groups.

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    Important Dates

    Application Deadline
    Friday, March 15, 2024 - 11:59 pm


    Krystle Seit
    Grants Coordinator
    (301) 565-3805 ext. 20
    Jesus Guzman
    Grants Assistant Manager
    (301) 565-3805 ext. 21
    Takenya LaViscount
    Grants Director
    (240) 839-4519
    Dates + Deadlines

    FY25 Important Dates

    • Guidelines Published – Friday, December 22, 2023
    • Application Deadline – Friday, March 15, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

    New applicants are highly encouraged to contact AHCMC grants staff. All applications and relevant materials must be submitted online through AHCMC’s grants portal, SurveyMonkey Apply (SM Apply).

    Late applications and relevant materials will not be accepted.

    Additional Dates Post-Application

    • Panel Review (virtual) – May 2024
    • Award Announcement – late June 2024
    • FY25 Final Report Due – July 31, 2025


      • Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
      • Monday, February 12, 2024 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
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        All AHCMC webinars will be hosted through the Zoom platform. Visit to our Webinars page to see upcoming workshops and webinars for all open grant categories.

        Webinars allow grant-seekers to ask AHCMC grants staff specific questions about the grant guidelines, application, and online grants portal.

        At each webinar, AHCMC grants staff review eligibility requirements and offer technical assistance for the application process.

        FY25 PCBPG Application Preparation Webinar

        AHCMC Project Budget Tutorial

        SurveyMonkey Apply (SM Apply) Tutorial

        Guidelines + Eligibility


        Required Application Materials for Organizations:

        1. A Completed Narrative
        2. Organizational Support Materials
          • IRS Letter of Determinations;
          • List of Board of Directors;
          • Bios of Key Staff and Volunteers;
          • Current Strategic Plan, if available; and
          • Organizational Chart, if available.
        3. Financial Support Materials
          • FY23 990, 990EZ, or 990N, or letter of extension (990 must be received by AHCMC no later than June 1, 2024);
          • Profit & Loss Statement for the most recently completed fiscal year;
          • Current Fiscal Year’s Operating Budget with Actuals Year-to-Date; and
          • Current Balance Sheet or Balance Sheet for the most recently completed fiscal year.
        4. Programming Support Materials
        5. Work Sample(s)
        6. AHCMC Reporting Data Form

        Required Application Materials for Groups:

        1. A Completed Narrative
        2. Group Support Materials
          • List of Group Members;
          • Bios of Key Staff and Volunteers;
          • Current Strategic plan, if available; and
          • Organizational Chart, if available.
        3. Financial Support Materials
          • Previous fiscal year’s end-of-year revenue and expenses (Profit & Loss Statement);
          • Current Fiscal Year’s Operating Budget with Actuals Year-to-Date; and
          • Current Balance Sheet or Balance Sheet for the most recently completed fiscal year.
        4. Programming Support Materials
        5. Work Sample(s)
        6. AHCMC Reporting Data Form

        Eligibility Requirements

        An organization/group eligible to apply must have met all the following requirements by the published application deadline:

        • Has its primary mission or objective as the exhibition, presentation, production or performance of, and/or education in, an arts and/or humanities discipline, and/or provides support services to artists and/or scholars and/or arts and/or humanities organizations;
        • Has been in operation for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the application deadline;
        • Has had its primary location and/or a verifiable mailing address in Montgomery County, MD for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the application deadline;
        • Operates as a non-profit:
          • The organization or group may or may not be incorporated and may or may not be formally recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a public charity or otherwise officially established as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) institution. However, the applicant must operate in the manner of a non-profit (the organization’s/group’s net earnings cannot be distributed to those who control it); and
        • Has met all outstanding requirements for any grant(s) received from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County in prior years.

        Project Eligibility Requirements

        Eligible project-types include any of the following:

        • The creation of new work
        • A public event or program
        • Capacity building

        Eligible activities must:

        • Take place between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025.
        • Take place in Montgomery County, MD.
          • Activities that include events or programs must be open to the public with or without an admission fee, in person or virtually. In-person activities must follow current COVID-19 guidelines as required by the Montgomery County Health Department.
        Application + Templates

        Application Open in SM Apply! 

        Deadline: March 15, 2024

        Applicants are highly encouraged to use the application templates to prepare the narrative and supplementary materials. Need to review or download your application? Access SurveyMonkey Apply (SM Apply):



        FY25 PCBPG Templates:

        *Know that these are templates for your reference only – all applications and relevant materials must be submitted online through SM Apply.*

        Previous Grants Awarded

        FY24 Programming & Capacity Building Project Grants (PCBPG)

        $398,188 awarded for July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024

        Programming & Capacity Building Project Grants provide support to non-profit arts and/or humanities organizations or groups that may or may not have 501(c)(3) status. Grants support high-quality programs open to the public and capacity-building projects. Forty-six organizations received FY24 awards within this category.

        View previous grants awarded for PCBPG and other grant categories.

        Amazing Theatre Company Inc., dba AmaZing Theatre Company

        Gaithersburg, Maryland ($9,500)

        Funding supports the production of a 10-Minute Play Festival in Sandy Spring, showcasing the work of new playwrights, actors, and directors.

        Association of Russian Speaking Theaters of America, dba Association of Russian Speaking Theaters

        Potomac, Maryland ($8,280)

        Funding supports CONSTELLATION, a hybrid international festival of literary creativity involving competitive reading (recitation), to be held on the organization’s Facebook festival page and in person. The age of participants ranges from 7 to 99 years old.

        Best Medicine Rep, Inc.

        Gaithersburg, Maryland ($4,900)

        Funding supports the world premiere production of the play Civilizing Lusby by Artistic Director John Morogiello. Set in Port Leonard, Maryland, shortly after the Civil War, two men try to make a killing on a railroad venture from Baltimore to Drum Point by buying up all the land around present-day Lusby. Described as a tragedy with jokes, the play was developed at Great Plains Theatre Conference and the Kennedy Center.

        Bethesda Blues & Jazz Foundation, Inc

        Bethesda, Maryland ($9,500)

        Funding supports Connecting with Communities: Youth Jazz Messengers, a project that focuses on recruiting youth to participate in the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra (BBJYO) by providing monthly youth jazz workshops, a one-day summer jazz camp, and BBJYO performances with a guest artist in underresourced communities in the County.

        Bethesda Little Theatre Incorporated, dba Bethesda Little Theatre

        Olney, Maryland ($9,800)

        Funding supports Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better, an original musical revue of songs from shows currently being performed on- and off-Broadway, consisting of solos, duets, trios, small groups, and ensembles in a gameshow style, matching up songs from musicals before 1980 against songs from musicals after 1980 in an “oldversusnew” format.

        DC Beauty of Beijing Opera, Ltd.

        North Potomac, Maryland ($9,800)

        Funding supports a fully-costumed Beijing Opera and associated capacity building workshops to broaden the community’s cultural horizons.

        DC South Asian Arts Council, Inc.

        Gaithersburg, Maryland ($9,500)

        Funding supports the 11th annual DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) showcasing independent cinema by South Asian filmmakers located in the U.S., South Asian countries, and around the world. The festival will include documentary and short films with South Asian content created by South Asian artists with English subtitles, as well as post screening and panel discussions with filmmakers, film production workshops, and associated cultural programs.

        Ebong TheatriX

        Bethesda, Maryland ($9,200)

        Grant funds will support FestivET2023, a theater festival that celebrates diverse values and promotes inclusion by improving community access to theater for the County.

        F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc., dba F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, Inc.

        Rockville, Maryland ($9,500)

        Funds support a public festival honoring an outstanding American writer. Events include book clubs discussing the Honoree’s work, readings by winners of adult and student short story contests, an art contest, a discussion of Fitzgerald on his birthday, and a free evening reading in honor of the writer. Additional activities include student workshops, the Honoree’s master class on writing, a keynote talk, morning and afternoon workshops, and a tour by a local historian on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Rockville.


        Rockville, Maryland ($5,700)

        Funds will support folk/acoustic/world/words-that-matter music (FAWW) and Local Cream Showcase shows and will help develop joint projects with other nonprofits that produce FAWW in the County. Live shows will be streamed for accessibility.

        Four Seasons Dancers, Inc.

        Rockville, Maryland ($9,200)

        Funds support Dances of the World, a globally inspired annual performance featuring original choreography inspired by traditional cultures. Presented in collaboration with other arts organizations, this project feeds into the other Four Seasons Dancers’ platforms: Project Connect, the Holiday Program, and Four Seasons Dancers Junior Troupe.

        Free Theatre Corp, dba The Free Theatre

        Germantown, Maryland ($9,800)

        Funding supports a full-scale musical, creatively led by students with artistic professionals serving as resources. The production’s Director, Choreographer, Music Director, Stage Manager, and Production Designers will be high school-aged students.

        Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theatre

        Poolesville, Maryland ($7,350)

        Funding supports A Winter’s Eve, a dance production highlighting varied joyous cultural observances of the holiday season. A Winter’s Eve combines excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, with an original adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ short story, The Snowman.

        interPLAY Orchestra

        Bethesda, Maryland ($10,000)

        interPLAY hosts an artistic platform where people with disabilities are celebrated for their abilities and negative stereotypes are destroyed. Funding supports hybrid rehearsals and performances and video production costs.

        Kolot HaLev, Inc.

        Kensington, Maryland ($9,200)

        Funding supports A Time to Embrace – Songs of Comfort and Hope, a presentation of choral selections inspired by the Psalms and other Jewish writings, featuring living, contemporary composers as well as traditional melodies.

        Live Garra Theatre

        Silver Spring, Maryland ($9,500)

        Funding supports Follow the Drinking Gourd, a performance series. The title refers to a spiritual sung by enslaved people in the South to pass along secret directions to runaways who journeyed on the underground railroad to freedom.

        Mayur Dance Company

        Potomac, Maryland ($9,800)

        Funding supports A Trinity, a stage production that brings together the three energies of creation, preservation, and destruction, as represented by the Hindu figures Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh. Mayur Dance Company will incorporate the physical foundations and traditional poetry of their dance form, as well as their contemporary sensibilities and perspectives on these pillars of their culture.

        Montgomery Philharmonic, Inc.

        Rockville, Maryland ($9,800)

        Funding supports a season of concerts featuring a diverse blend of traditional classical standards as well as music by underrepresented composers, including music composed by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and women. Montgomery Philharmonic aims to offer a representative orchestral musical canon to youth, adults, and seniors.

        Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

        Takoma Park, Maryland ($6,175)

        Funding supports a youth concerto competition and free community concert at the Sligo Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Takoma Park. Three middle school and/or high school soloists will be selected to perform a movement of a concerto, or a single-movement work, accompanied by the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (MSO). The MSO will also perform an additional major orchestral work by a Black composer as part of their Juneteenth commemoration concert.

        National String Symphonia

        Germantown, Maryland ($9,500)

        Funding supports the 11th season of the National String Symphonia, including four concerts of string orchestra music in Montgomery County.

        NIH Philharmonia

        Bethesda, Maryland ($4,750)

        Funding supports a series of free concerts that will present symphonic music. Each performance will be a community outreach concert with a unique theme and will include carefully selected orchestral music pieces that reflect that evening’s theme. Each piece will be introduced by Music Director Dr. DAlimonte with interesting historical context to enrich the experience.

        Olney Community Band, dba Olney Concert Band

        Olney, Maryland ($1,530)

        Funding supports new performance opportunities for the band, with the goal of increasing audience size, community visibility, band membership, and replacing past performance opportunities that were eliminated during and after the pandemic.

        Open Circle Theatre

        Rockville, Maryland ($9,500)

        Open Circle Theatre brings live, immersive theatrical experiences to chronically ill and disabled communities. Funds will support the live staged performance and interactive programming associated with The Grieving Project, a spoken word musical about finding your voice.

        Rockville Brass Band, Inc.

        Silver Spring, Maryland ($8,360)

        Funding supports a joint concert with a youth music organization based in Montgomery County, as well as a clinic and a concert with student musicians.

        Rockville Little Theatre

        Rockville, Maryland ($6,555)

        Funding supports a production of The Grapes of Wrath, a quintessential story of hope and survival that follows the Joad family’s epic journey from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the promised land of California.

        Rockville Musical Theatre

        Rockville, Maryland ($9,263)

        Funding supports Rockville Musical Theatre’s presentation of Sondheim’s Into the Woods and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.

        Sherwood Community Chamber Choir Incorporated

        Damascus, Maryland ($5,000)

        Funding supports the creation of the Sherwood Community Youth Choir for 7th-8th graders. Both the 4th-6th grade and 7th-8th grade Youth Choirs will perform with the Sherwood Community Chamber Choir in joint concerts during the 2023-2024 school year.

        Six Degree Singers

        Silver Spring, Maryland ($9,800)

        Funding supports Six Degree Singers’ winter series A Home Remade, as well as the spring series All Earth’s Splendor, about the beauty of nature and its power to heal through music, artwork, and outdoor activities.

        Soul in Motion Players, Inc.

        Boyds, Maryland ($9,800)

        Funding supports Soul In Motion 40, the 40th anniversary of Soul in Motion in the Arts. The event will highlight the collaborative performances of several dance ensembles from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

        Sweet Adelines International, dba Capital Accord Chorus

        Rockville, Maryland ($9,761)

        Capital Accord Chorus will partner with Harmony’s African American Legacy Organization to present an a cappella concert honoring Juneteenth. Activities include chorus capacity-building, a facilitated dialogue of singers from diverse community organizations, and rehearsals for the concert.

        Symphony of the Potomac

        Glen Echo, Maryland ($9,500)

        Funding supports the production and rehearsals for four orchestral concerts of classical music to be performed at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center (MCCAC) under the direction of Music Director, Maestro Joel Lazar.

        Tagore Music Group of Greater Washington, DC, Inc.

        North Potomac, Maryland ($9,500)

        Funding supports performances including drama, music, and poetry, centered on the pansophic Indian Nobel-laureate poet-philosopher Rabindranath Tagore.

        Takoma Park Folk Festival, Inc.

        Takoma Park, Maryland ($9,500)

        Funding supports the Takoma Park Folk Festival (TPFF) an annual community event featuring performances by local musicians, craft vendors, and associated activities and games.

        The Civic Circle

        Silver Spring, Maryland ($5,400)

        Funding supports The Civic Circle Board’s retreat focused on professional development and strategic planning, ensuring that the newly expanded Board has the skills to cohesively and effectively usher The Civic Circle through a rapid growth period.

        The Kentlands Community Foundation, Inc., dba Kentlands Community Foundation

        Gaithersburg, Maryland ($9,200)

        Funding supports Kentlands Community Foundation’s arts programming growth and outreach. Musica Viva Kentlands seeks to promote diversity in its musicians while growing the organization’s online and physical presence. The Kentlands Community Players will strive to provide a diverse cast and theater experience.

        The Montgomery Playhouse, Inc.

        Gaithersburg, Maryland ($9,500)

        Funding supports the production of MISS BENNET, a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Set two years after the novel ends, MISS BENNET continues the story, only this time with bookish middle-sister Mary as its unlikely heroine.

        The Village Youth & Family Center, Inc., dba Vikara Village

        Rockville, Maryland ($9,500)

        Vikara Village uses movement and the expressive arts to help individuals alleviate stress. Funding will support a trauma-informed arts and yoga training clinic, designed to educate instructors to better serve vulnerable clients. The clinic will be open to the public.

        Torcu-Art, dba TorcuArt

        Potomac, Maryland ($9,200)

        Funding supports the TorcuArt Festival, featuring the folkloric and musical traditions of Southern Spain, including flamenco music and dance with local and guest artists, art, and cultural food offerings.

        Trinity Chamber Orchestra, Inc.

        Germantown, Maryland ($8,924)

        Funding supports new musical compositions, participation in conducting competitions for musicians, and audience development. To expand its organizational capacity, the orchestra will add an Audience/Publicity Assistant, create a strategic plan, develop staff skills, and upgrade its technology to provide online programming and improve recording and distribution.

        UpRooted Dance, Inc. dba UpRooted Dance

        Bethesda, Maryland ($9,500)

        Funding supports Untethered and Unseen The Mysterious Life of Hilma af Klint, a dance and multimedia performance.

        Urban Artistry, Inc.

        Silver Spring, Maryland ($9,800)

        Urban Artistry, Inc. has relied on grassroots, ad hoc approaches for their branding and marketing. The organization will use funds to invest in their external presence to match the impact and value of their professional, community-centered cultural programming with the goal of reaching more people.

        Vessel, Inc.

        Derwood, Maryland ($9,800)

        Funding will support The Homecoming Intensive, featuring industry Hip-Hop dance artists originally from the DMV area. This event will be a three-day intensive, including advanced classes, a dance cypher, and a Q&A panel.

        Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony OrchestraTheatre

        Rockville, Maryland ($9,440)

        Funding supports live-streaming equipment upgrades to provide higher quality performance streams and videos-on-demand (VODs). With upgraded equipment, the organization aims to heighten accessibility for viewers.

        Wheaton Wonders, Inc., dba Wheaton Arts Parade

        Wheaton, Maryland ($9,800)

        Wheaton Arts Parade (WAP) operates an art gallery in Wheaton’s Arts & Entertainment District. Funding supports local artists who will curate exhibits.

        Wildwood Summer Theatre

        Bethesda, Maryland ($9,500)

        Funds support the production of Head Over Heels, presented by people aged 14 to 25.

        Word/Dance/Theater, Inc., dba Word Dance Theater

        Bethesda, Maryland ($9,800)

        Funds will support the Sophia Series, exploring the intersection of body science and movement for well-being through interactive workshops available free to the public, and a training program for dancers to learn how to guide people of all ages and stages of life in movement.

        FY24 Grantees

        The FY24 PCBG cycle runs from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.

        Important Dates Post-Application

        For current FY24 grantees, all final reports must be completed online through AHCMC’s grants portal, SurveyMonkey Apply (SM Apply). Access SM Apply:

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