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Arts Capital

The Arts Capital program offers eligible arts organizations in Maryland access to state capital funding to improve or produce an accessible arts facility, integrate energy-efficient technologies, or improve the effective delivery of their arts and cultural programming.

Arts Capital grants are offered to Maryland-based nonprofit organizations, with $3 million or less in annual operating costs, that include the delivery of arts and cultural education or experiences as a core part of their mission or vision.

Arts Capital grant applications must fit within one of the three grant types listed below.

  • Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment ($5,000 to $100,000 grants): This grant category supports the purchase and installation of furniture, equipment, information technology, and audiovisual systems that either improve the organization’s facility or improve the effective delivery of, or access to, an organization's arts and cultural programming. 
  • Design Preparation and Planning ($5,000 to $100,000 grants): This grant category supports predevelopment costs such as studies, surveys, plans and specifications, and architectural, engineering, or other special services directly related to a capital project. 
  • Facility Improvement ($10,000 to $300,000 grants): This grant category can support costs necessary to produce a complete and usable new facility or a complete and usable improvement to an existing facility. This category can also include associated architectural work and other technical service needs, and may include one or more of the following: 
    • Demolition;
    • The erection, installation, or assembly of a new facility;
    • The addition to, alteration, conversion, expansion, relocation, renovation, or restoration of an existing facility or structure;
    • The installation, extension, or replacement of utility systems;
    • The fixed equipment installed and made part of a facility;
    • Site development and improvement.

No match funding is required for any grant type. 

A public information session for the FY24 & FY25 Arts Capital Grant was held on Tuesday, December 12 to provide an overview of the program’s priorities and address questions about how to apply to the program. Click here to access the recording of the webinar, and click here to view the presentation slides from the webinar. 

Applicants are also welcome to meet with MSAC Staff directly to discuss their potential project or application. Click here to schedule a 30-minute video call during available virtual office hours.


The Arts Capital Grant supports the sustainable growth, stability, and longevity of eligible organizations delivering arts and cultural education and experiences to the general public. Read more.