St. Mary’s County Arts Council Grant Opportunities:

The St. Mary's County Arts Council provides funding support for community arts development through our grants program. We award approximately $50,000 annually to local organizations and schools for the presentation of arts activities in our community.

Past recipients have included: COSMIC Symphony, Newtowne Players, River Concert Series, Sanford Concert Series, Sotterley Foundation, Southern Maryland Film Festival, St. Mary's River Watershed Association, Town of Leonardtown, United Committee for Afro American Contributions, and other organizations. Before you apply for your grant, it is required for you to read the Grant Guidelines. You will find the necessary forms to apply below.

Community Arts Development Grant

Applicants for grant funding consideration must qualify as nonprofit organizations presenting arts programs or projects in St. Mary's County or for the benefit of St. Mary's County citizens. All funded programs and projects must be open to the public and must meet specific eligibility criteria.

Grant requests must be received by:

  • October 1, 2019 for programs that take place between November 1st, and February 28th.

  • February 1, 2020 for programs that take place between March 1st and October 31st.

Arts In Education Grant

This grant is for schools only. This grant is to help pay for half of the cost of quality performances and/or hands-on intensive workshops in the schools by visiting performers, artists, authors, poets, master teachers and professionals in the areas of music, visual art, drama, dance, and literature for the educational enhancement of youth.

The deadline to apply for this grant is Friday, November 1, 2019.


St. Mary’s County Arts Council Scholarship Opportunities:

The St. Mary’s County Arts Council provides a scholarship to support our graduating seniors who want to continue into the arts. The SMCAC has established these awards to recognize, encourage, and support individuals who demonstrate excellence and a high level of interest in the visual arts, the performing arts, or in theater.

High School Senior Scholarship

The St. Mary’s County Arts Council will present up to four $1,000 awards to graduating seniors from St. Mary’s County.

Scholarship applications need to be received by June 12, 2020.

You can apply by downloading the application and sending it to:

St. Mary’s County Arts Council

P.O. Box 1310 Leonardtown, Maryland 20650