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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in Multiple States
for Collaborative Community Arts Events

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF)

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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofits and government agencies in multiple states to support the presentation of community arts events. Funding is intended to promote the collaboration of organizations that engage eligible artists for touring projects in the region. Presenters must be located in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, or West Virginia.

ArtsCONNECT supports touring projects developed by presenter consortia based in the region that includes public performances and community engagement activities. ArtsCONNECT facilitates an open process of sharing touring project ideas amongst presenters and encourages active participation for presenters of all sizes.

Projects that demonstrate clear mission impact, strong artistry, well-rounded community and artist engagements, as well as thoughtful outreach and partnership efforts that cultivate underserved audiences – are encouraged to apply.

Consortium Requirements

ArtsCONNECT supports projects developed collaboratively by a consortium of presenters within the mid-Atlantic region, jointly booking a touring artist. Please note:

  • Each consortium must include at least three presenters from two or more mid-Atlantic states or jurisdictions. Presenters based outside of the mid-Atlantic states or jurisdictions are not eligible to apply. See under Presenter Eligibility for list of mid-Atlantic states/jurisdictions.
    • All consortium members must be based outside the home state or jurisdiction of the proposed artist. Limited exceptions apply to New York State-based artists and presenters, for additional information please see the Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

  • The majority of presenters in a consortium must have a minimum of three years continuous history of offering multiple presentations by professional touring artists in a given season.

Presenter Partners

Each presenter in the consortium, including the Lead Presenter, is responsible for:

  • Planning a performance engagement with the touring artist in their community;
  • Negotiating with the artist the terms of the specific engagement; and
  • Completing a full application for the engagement as part of the proposed consortium project

Artist Requirements

To request ArtsCONNECT funding, a consortium of presenters have to jointly propose to engage a professional artist or ensemble for a tour. The tour is not required to be contiguous, nor does the artist need to perform the same work or repertoire at each site on the tour. 

Project Requirements 

Each presenter in the consortium is required to include the following activities in their respective engagements:

  • At least one public performance.
  • At least one community engagement activity. These may include exhibitions, lecture/demonstrations, master classes, panel discussions, pre or post-performance artist question and answer sessions, residencies, workshops, and other activities that engage the local community.

Projects in Development Listing

The Projects in Development listing is a user-generated, one-stop information hub that includes all of the consortia projects currently in development for ArtsCONNECT. The tool intends to help ease ArtsCONNECT’s partner-seeking process and connect presenters across the mid-Atlantic region with each other. Presenters can seek potential presenting partners by submitting artist and project information to the listing, and learn about other developing consortia to possibly join. 

For more information, and the access to current listing, visit:

Submission to the Projects in Development listing is required. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167941

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each presenter may request up to 50% of the negotiated artist fee for the engagement, but not to exceed $10,000.
Consortium projects will be reviewed in three tiers:
- Tier 1: consortia with a majority of presenters proposing negotiated artist fees of $5,000 or below
- Tier 2: consortia with a majority of presenters proposing negotiated artist fees between $5,001 and $15,000
- Tier 3: consortia with a majority of presenters proposing negotiated artist fees of $15,001 or above
In the case where a consortium consists of an equal amount of presenters falling under different tiers, the consortium will be placed in the tier of the highest fee range in those options. MAAF will make the final decision for the placement of a project’s funding tier.

Term of Contract:

All eligible activities must take place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Presenter Eligibility:
To be eligible to apply to ArtsCONNECT, presenters must:
-Be based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, or West Virginia;
-Be designated by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or be a unit of state or local government;
-Be an organization that selects and engages professional touring artists to perform before general audiences as an ongoing and significant component of their organization’s activity; and
-Be in good standing with MAAF at the time of application, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents.

Please note:
- Each presenter may participate in a maximum of three ArtsCONNECT consortium projects per annual application cycle.
- Presenter applicants will be assessed in part on the risk of noncompliance with Federal statutes, regulations and the terms and conditions as provided by the applicant’s Certification and Statement of Assurances in the submitted application and the results of previous audits including adherence to Single Audit requirements as set forth by Federal statutes.

Artist Requirements:
The artist can be based anywhere across the U.S. or around the world, but not in the same states or jurisdictions as any of the applicant presenters. See under Consortium Requirements above for specific details. MAAF does not offer an artist roster for this program – the presenter consortia will independently decide the artist they jointly propose to tour.

For a list of artists that cannot be considered for an ArtsCONNECT project in the current round please see:

Funding Restrictions
- Producing organizations that solely create artistic work or assemble artists to perform as ensembles for performances are not eligible to apply. Producing organizations with significant and ongoing presenting programs should inquire with MAAF staff regarding its eligibility.
- Fundraising events, either as part of the public performance or community engagement activity, are not eligible for support.
- Performances that primarily serve a non-public audience (such as K-12 schools, university classes, summer camps, senior centers, etc.) are not considered public performances, although they may be one of the community engagement activities that comprise an ArtsCONNECT project.

Funding awarded by MAAF is restricted to the specific, direct costs of the project, and may not be used for
indirect costs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Due to significant updates to the 2020-2021 ArtsCONNECT program, it is highly recommended all applicants participate in an application webinar before applying.

Webinar dates and times:
- Monday, November 4, 2019, 1-2PM
- Thursday, December 12, 2019, 11AM-12PM
- Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 3-4PM

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Pre-Application Information:

Submission to the Projects in Development listing is required. The final date to submit an artist to the listing is Friday, February 21, 2020, approximately three weeks prior to the application deadline.

Final Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The deadline was extended due to COVID - 19 Coronavirus. Applications can be withdrawn at any point without any penalty or negative impact on future applications.

All applicants will be notified by email on the status of their proposals in July, 2020.

Applications must be completed and submitted through the eGRANT online system. No hard copies of any application material are required.

Projects in Development
- Applications for artists that have not been submitted to the listing by Friday, February 21, 2020 will not be eligible for ArtsCONNECT funding.
- The Foundation encourages presenters to submit to the listing as early as possible to allow ample time for consortium and project development.
- The listing must be submitted by a presenter - an artist (including the artist representative/manager) cannot selfsubmit to the listing.
- There are no penalties for any listing entries that do not successfully form into a full proposal. Content of the listing entry will not be reviewed by the grant panel.

Grants must be matched on a 1:1 basis. The match may not include Federal funds whether they are received directly from a Federal agency or indirectly, such as through a state agency or other entity. In addition, the MAAF grant and the required match may not be used to match any other directly or indirectly received Federal funds.

Program Guidelines:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit to the Projects in Development listing, click here:

Apply Online:

Haowen Wang, Program Officer
410- 539-6656 x 110

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware;   Maryland;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   Pennsylvania;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia

USA Territories: Virgin Islands (USA)

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