Grants for Organization’s FY2023 Intent to Apply Application is Now Open

If your organization is a NEW applicant or if your organization DID NOT receive a Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 MSAC GFO Grant, your organization is required to complete the Intent to Apply application in order to be eligible to apply for MSAC FY2023 GFO funding. If the organization is deemed eligible after review of the Intent to Apply form, the organization must submit a completed On-Year Application by November 15, 2021 to be considered for FY2023 GFO funding. 

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Questions? Please reach out to our Program Directors - Laura Weiss ( or Emily Sollenberger ( - for assistance. 

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Deadline: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Apply Today: Grants for Organizations - Call for Panelists

MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects Grants for Organizations (GFO) panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the disciplines of the organizations under review. Panelists must be Maryland residents. 

What does a panelist do?

Selected panelists: 

  • Participate in two training sessions - one in November, and one at a mid-way point in the winter
  • Review and evaluate applications on MSAC’s online grants management system, SmartSimple.*
  • Complete assigned extension assignments (Artistic Site Visits and In-Depth Conversations)
  • Participate in one GFO panel meeting (March/April 2021)
  • Panelists receive compensation of $50/training meeting, $50/completed extension assignment, $200 for all online application reviews, $100/panel meeting, and travel stipend if applicable.

*Each panelist can expect to review up to approximately 25 applications and to complete up to approximately 12 extension assignments each. The average commitment of hours varies based on the total number of applications. The majority of work happens on the panelists’ own time from late November 2021 through the panel meeting in March/April 2022.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Independent artists, arts administrators, fundraisers, arts enthusiasts, and students interested in the grantmaking process
  • Individuals to represent expertise in the following panel disciplines: 
  • Dance
  • Multi-Disciplinary Arts
  • Music (specifically those with experience in presenting Music, such as those associated with performance venues, radio stations, concert associations, etc.)
  • Individuals to fill a multi-disciplinary Performing/Literary Arts panel (including those with backgrounds in Music, Theatre, Dance, and Literary) and a Visual Arts/Media/Folk and Traditional panel
  • Individuals representing the wide geographic diversity of the state of Maryland - we are especially looking for individuals from the Western, Southern, and Eastern Shore regions
  • Individuals who have some flexibility and time in their schedules to allow for daytime and/or evening availability of the applicants.

Panelists must have access to a computer with internet connection to complete reviews.

How do I apply to be a panelist?

  • Submit your application via MSAC’s online grants management system, SmartSimple. 
  • Click Apply Now to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple (you will need to be registered as an Independent Artist to apply).
  • Under Funding Opportunities, select "Public Call."
  • Select "Panelist" from the drop down options and click "Save Draft" to populate the application.
  • Select “Grants for Organizations” as the Grant Program.
  • Complete the application, and click “Submit.”