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