Montgomery County Council Approves $5.6 Million Budget for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

By Editorial Team on June 17, 2019

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) is thrilled to announce that the Montgomery County Council approved a budget of more than $5.6 million for AHCMC grants and administration. The $5,623,159 FY20 budget appropriation represents an increase of more than $266,000 over the FY19 appropriation.

“The increased FY20 appropriation reinforces the county’s commitment to support a vibrant and equitable arts and humanities sector that all Montgomery County residents can experience and enjoy,” said Suzan Jenkins, CEO of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. “Our cultural community is a thriving economic driver, generating $16.5 million in local and state revenue, supporting over 3,800 jobs, and providing 3.1 million cultural experiences for Montgomery County’s diverse population. This investment will continue to strengthen the county’s economic vitality, cultivate a creative workforce and support the arts and humanities county-wide. AHCMC looks forward to leveraging this additional funding to provide equity-focused and impact-driven programs that benefit all county residents.”

“The arts and humanities contribute greatly to our economic vitality and quality of life. Montgomery County’s continued support for a healthy and dynamic arts and cultural community is demonstrated in this year’s increased funding levels,” said County Councilmember and Chair of the Education and Culture Committee Craig Rice. “I am proud that our committee pushed for additional funding that will uplift and support all of the county’s cultural institutions, including emerging and historically under-resourced organizations and individuals.”

The Arts and Humanities Council will award $5,066,424 of the FY20 appropriation in grants that support the arts and humanities sector. Grant funding is available for general operating support, creative project support, and capacity building projects. All funding will be distributed through AHCMC’s existing grant channels, which supports cultural institutions and individual artists and scholars across the entire county. The FY20 budget will go into effect on July 1.

For a breakdown of the full appropriation, please click here.

(via Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.)