The Garrett County Arts Council provides funding support for community arts development through our grants program.

The Arts Council awards more than $45,000 annually to local organizations, municipalities and schools for the presentation of arts activities in our community.

Recent grant recipients include the Garrett County Board of Education, Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, Our Town Theatre, Spruce Forest Artisan Village, Theater on the Lake, Garrett Community Concert Band, Savage River Watershed Association for Savage River Arts Camp, and other organizations. Several local municipalities have also received grants for arts-oriented programs and projects, including Friendsville for its 250th Anniversary Celebration and also for Friendsville Days, the Greater Oakland Business Association for Winterfest, the town of Kitzmiller for its annual Homecoming event, and the Grantsville Lions Club for Grantsville Days.

Applicants for grant funding consideration must qualify as nonprofit organizations presenting arts programs or projects in Garrett County or for the benefit of Garrett County citizens. Recipients must match awards with cash support for funded projects. All funded programs and projects must be open to the public and must meet specific eligibility criteria.

The annual application deadline for grant requests in amounts exceeding $500 is March 21 prior to the annual support period which begins July 1. Requests for funding support in amounts of $500 or less must be submitted at least 45 days prior to scheduled events.

Please contact us for complete grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and application forms.

Please Contact Us for complete grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and application forms.

  • Music at Penn Alps
  • Barn Quilt Association of Garrett County, Inc.
  • Garrett Community Concert Band (Facebook page)
  • Garrett Lakes Arts Festival
  • Garrett Highlands Pipes & Drums
  • Our Town Theatre
  • TOTL Theatre Company, Inc.
  • Spruce Forest Artisan Village
  • Kitzmiller Home Coming, Town of Kitzmiller
  • Grantsville Days, Grantsville Lions Club
  • Oakland WinterFest and Little Yough Summer Music Festival, Town of Oakland/GOBA/Oakland Heritage Community Foundation, Inc.
  • Fiddle and Banjo Contest, Friendsville Lions Club
  • Garrett County Celtic Festival, The Highland Festival of Garrett County, Maryland, Inc.
  • Spring Student Arts Fair, Garrett County Board of Education