Create and Activate Now (C.A.N.) Grants Open April 29

Media Advisory  April 25, 2022          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Louise Kennelly


Create and Activate Now (C.A.N.) Grants Open April 29

FAC Launches NEA Regrant Program for Arts Organizations and Artists

What: Create and Activate Now (C.A.N.) Grants Open on April 29


When: Opens April 29; Due May 30, 2022


Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council (FAC) is pleased to announce that the Create and Activate Now (C.A.N.) Grant Program will open on April 29. This is a regranting opportunity made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) American Recovery Plan funding.

There are two funding opportunities: 1) Grants to artist organizations with 501c3 status; and 2) Stipends for arts activities undertaken by individual artists. Individual artists can request $2,500 or $5,000, and arts nonprofits can request up to $15,000.

“We are pleased to be able to help support our creative community which was very hard hit by the pandemic and in need of this infusion of support,” said Louise Kennelly, Executive Director of the Frederick Arts Council.

This funding opportunity is made possible through a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) American Rescue Plan (ARP) Grant to Local Arts Agencies (LAA) awarded to the Frederick Arts Council for sub-granting. 

Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria: artistic excellence, relevance/service to community, and capacity to implement.

Artistic activities are supported to strengthen our county’s—and the nation’s—cultural infrastructure.

The subgrants will help restore the local community’s creative sector, benefitting arts workers, artists, and audiences. 

An Applicant orientation will be offered via Zoom on April 28th at 2p.m. Applicants may use this link to attend. Pre-registration is not required. The session will be recorded and shared via the FAC Website for those who cannot attend. The deadline for the grant applications is May 30, 2022.


About the Frederick Arts Council

The Frederick Arts Council invests in a vibrant and cohesive arts community for the people of Frederick County. The organization fosters an environment where the arts flourish in the community through grants and scholarships, arts advocacy, and links to essential resources. FAC is responsible for large-scale programming such as the Frederick Festival of the Arts, Sky Stage, Frederick Public Art Initiative, Art in the Park, and Arts in Education grants. For more information about the Frederick Arts Council, visit