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Grants for Organizations (GFO) (Maryland)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC)


    The Grants for Organizations (GFO) program provides annual operating grants to organizations that produce or present the arts to the general public through public programs or services. The purpose of the GFO program is to strengthen the vitality and sustainability of Maryland's cultural organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in the State of Maryland. Eligible organizations may apply for a single GFO grant per year. The deadlines to apply are offered annually.

    Two types of GFO Grants are available:

    General Operating Grants (GOG): GOG provides operating support to nonprofit organizations whose purpose is producing or presenting the arts through public programs or services. Applicants must be arts organizations, organizations whose mission/purpose is producing or presenting the arts through public programs or services, such as art museums, orchestras, galleries, theaters, arts centers, etc.

    Arts Program Grants (PRG): PRG provides arts program support to nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is other than producing or presenting the arts, but who provide ongoing public arts activities through public programs. The mission of these organizations is not specifically dedicated to the arts but they do have ongoing arts programming. These are considered non-arts organizations for MSAC purposes. Examples include: community centers, churches, non-art museums, libraries, universities, etc.


    History of Funding

    • In Fiscal Year 2021, MSAC awarded GFO grants to 229 arts organizations and programs across the state totaling $15,023,780.
    • In FY 2020, MSAC awarded GFO grants to 211 arts organizations and programs across the state totaling $14,840,873.

    Lists of current and past awardees are available here: https://www.msac.org/grants-awarded

    Additional Information

    Public, private and charter K-12 schools, and pre-schools are not eligible to apply.

    Beginning in April 2022, all organizations applying for funding from MSAC will be required to have a Unique Entity ID (UEI) from SAM.gov in alignment with requirements from the National Endowment for the Arts. This UEI will take the place of a DUNS number, which will no longer be required. You can register for a UEI number by reviewing the information below. 


    Emily Sollenberger Dobbins

    Emily Sollenberger Dobbins
    Arts Services; Disciplines: Arts Services, Folk & Traditional Arts, Multi-discip

    (410) 767-6484

    Laura Weiss

    Laura Weiss
    Arts Services; Disciplines: Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Public Art, Theatre

    (443) 326-5564

  • Eligibility Details

    All Applicants to the GFO program must:

    • Produce or present the arts to the public through ongoing arts programming.
    • Have 501(c)3 tax exempt status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service at the time of application, except for units of local government and colleges and universities.
    • Be incorporated in Maryland as a nonprofit or have significant physical presence in Maryland. Organizations that are not incorporated in Maryland but have a significant physical presence in Maryland may not be eligible for a General Operating Grant, but may be eligible for an Arts Program Grant to support activities taking place in Maryland. For more information please contact the program director for the artistic category for which this scenario applies.
    • Have operated as an arts organization or arts program for one full fiscal year and be able to submit a financial statement* for their most recently completed fiscal year at the time of application.
    • Establish that the majority of the arts activities it produces and/or presents take place in Maryland and that most of the arts organization's or the arts program's annual expenditures are devoted to activities that occur within the State of Maryland.
    • Must be governed by a legally-liable board of directors acting under a mission statement and budget specific to the organization

    Organizations applying for General Operating Grants (GOG) ot Arts Program Grants (PRG) must have allowable operating income of more than $50,000 to be eligible. 

    Deadline Details

    FY24 applications are due November 15, 2022. Similar deadlines are anticipated annually.

    FY25 application deadline will be on November 15, 2023.

    Award Details

    The minimum General Operating Grants (GOG) or Arts Program Grants (PRG) will be $1,000 and require a three to one cash match from non-state funds.

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