Montgomery County Council Approves $7 Million Budget for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) is pleased to announce a $7,256,500 annual budget appropriation which includes $6,848,500 for AHCMC grants and administration and $408,000 for the Public Arts Trust. The $7M appropriation was approved by the Montgomery County Council.  

“We appreciate the steady funding for FY25 from the County Executive and Montgomery County Council,” says Lauren Cook, Board Chair for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. “Amid a challenging budget season across all industries, it is encouraging to receive consistent support for arts and culture.”  

“The work of our local creative sector aligns with several of the county’s priorities including economic development, education, environmental sustainability, social justice, and affordable housing as viewed through an equity lens,” states Suzan Jenkins, CEO of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. “While we acknowledge that additional support is still vital to fully meet the increasing financial demands of our industry, particularly from those new to our field, AHCMC is thankful for the appropriated funding that enables us to continue supporting the county’s efforts to rebuild, strengthen and grow.” 

The Arts and Humanities Council will administer over $6M of the FY25 appropriation in grants and awards that support the arts and humanities in Montgomery County, including conservation and maintenance for public art. Grant funding is available for general operating support, creative project support, and capacity building projects. All funding will be distributed through AHCMC’s existing grant channels, which support cultural institutions and individual artists and scholars across the entire county. The FY25 budget will go into effect on July 1.