-- Applications are now being accepted for organizations wishing to apply for The Community Arts Grants program. The deadline for receipt of the applications is Friday,

            December 21, 2012. These grants are an allocation of the Dorchester Center for the Arts as the designated Dorchester County Arts Council, and monies are to be used for arts programming.

            The funds allocated in the grant are from the Maryland State Arts Council and are intended to encourage arts participation across the county. Supported arts disciplines include dance, theatre, visual arts, music, film/media arts, literary arts, folk/heritage/traditional and multi-disciplinary arts programming. Individual grants average $100-900. Granting allocations will total $2000 for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Programs must take place between January 1 and June 20, 2013.

            Applications are evaluated on the following criteria: artistic merit, organizational effectiveness and service to the community.  Organizations receiving funds must be located or producing programs in Dorchester County and be incorporated as a not-for-profit organization or be in the process of obtaining 501(c) (3) certification.

            To obtain an application, visit the Dorchester Center for the Arts, located at 321 High Street in Cambridge during normal business hours. For more information, call 410-228-7782.

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