One of the most important programs of the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) is our Arts Grants Program. It has been the focal point of our organization ever since we were founded in 1987. Arts Grants have been awarded annually since then and to date, our CCAA grant contributions have totaled over $800,000 to deserving nonprofit organizations and schools in Charles County to enhance their planned programs, project, events, and activities. In FY 2020, the CCAA awarded 0ver $75,000 in grants to 18 organizations, 22 schools, and the Charles County Board of Education. Two types of Arts Grants are awarded each year:

  • Community Arts Development Grants (CAD) – Awarded to Non-Profit organizations

FY 2021 CAD Final Report Forms are Now Available

All Final Reports are Due – Wednesday, July 21, 2021

General Operating Grant and Special Project Grant

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  • Arts In Education Grants (AIE) – Not Applicable for FY 2021

Our Grant program is a very competitive process, and decisions are made based upon the submission of a formal grant application, rating and ranking by the CCAA Grant Committee, and final review and approval by the CCAA Board of Directors. In all applications, the applicant organization must provide a cash match for any grant funds being requested, on a 1:1, 2:1, 3:1 or 4:1 basis, depending upon the grant amount being requested. Grants are reviewed on the basis of three main criteria:

  • Artistic merit
  • Fiscal accountability
  • Service to the community

The CCAA Grant Committee is chaired by a member of the CCAA Board of Directors and includes additional Board members and members of the local community. Grant panel members must file a written disclosure form listing all their arts-related affiliations in advance to avoid any conflict of interest. The FY 2022 CCAA Arts Grants schedule will be released in August 2021.

FY 2021 CCAA Community Arts Development Grant Recipients

Charles County Department of Community Services Aging and Senior Programs

Charles County Youth Orchestra

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society

College of Southern Maryland

Ivy and Pearls of Southern Maryland Community Charities

Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation

Life Journeys Writers Guild

Mattawoman Creek Art Center

Music Teachers Association of Charles County

Nanjemoy Community Center

Neighborhood Creative Arts Center

Port Tobacco Players

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