Two men sit in chairs to the far right of the image. The man on the left plays a harmonica while the man on the right plays a guitar. Behind them, a piano and other musical instruments can be seen.
Photo: Blues harp player Phil Wiggins collaborates with guitarist Owen Morrison. Credit: Josh Kohn. 

Mid Atlantic Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects grants fund projects designed to support the vitality of traditional arts and cultural communities in the mid-Atlantic region. 

Non-profit organizations in DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, USVI or WV which seek to engage folk and traditional artists, practitioners, or culture bearers in community-based projects are eligible for funding in amounts from $1,000 to $7,000. The majority of project activities must take place within the mid-Atlantic region. Eligible project activities include but are not limited to performances, public art collaborations, workshops, trainings, exhibitions, fieldwork, and artistic collaborations. Projects must include some publicly-accessible component, including but not limited to a performance, event, exhibit, video, podcast, Q&A session, public interest meeting, archival collection, website, or report.  

Mid Atlantic encourages projects that cross sectors, state or territory borders, or connect organizations, artists, or practitioners within one state or territory. In alignment with Mid Atlantic Arts’ strategic vision to promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and access, applications for projects that support or engage underserved or underrepresented artists, practitioners, traditions, or constituents are strongly encouraged.  

The 2022-2023 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects grants cycle is closed. Information about the 2023-2024 program will be announced in spring 2023.

Questions? Contact Emily Hilliard, Program Officer, Folk and Traditional Arts, at emily@midatlanticarts.org

Folk and Traditional Arts Community Project grants are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects grant deadline was June 15, 2022. The guidelines and application form below are for informational purposes only.

Download 2022 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window) 
Download 2022 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download) 

Download a preview copy of 2022 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Application as a PDF (link opens in a new window) 
Download a preview copy of 2022 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Application as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

An informational webinar for the 2022-2023 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Grants was held on May 11, 2022 at 11am EST.

Click here to view the video recording.

Click here to view the slide deck from the presentation.

Current Grantees

2022-2023 Grantees

New Jersey 

New Jersey Center for Visual Arts 
Olas Caribeñas/Caribbean Waves Audio Documentary Reel  

New Jersey Folk Festival 
Cultures of Cultivation: Community Gardens and Comics Exhibit 

Peters Valley Craft Center 
Traditional Basketry & Beyond: An Exhibition with Artist Steven R. Carty at Peters Valley School of Craft 

Redhawk Indian Arts Council 
Iroquois Traditions 

New York 

Association for Cultural Equity 
“Go to Sleepy Little Baby”: an exhibit presented by the Lomax Digital Archive 

Center for Traditional Music and Dance 
The Tahlila West African Drumming and Song Workshop Series 

Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY 
The Festival of Japan cultural workshops and collaborative performance 

Living Traditions/Jalopy Theatre 
The Eighth Annual Brooklyn International Music Festival 


Afro-Brazilian samba percussion ensemble community performances 

Frostburg State University 
National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration: “Cuando México Canta” with Mariachi Herencia de México featuring Lupita Infante  

Sandy Spring Museum 
Bomba y Plena en el Museum 


Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble 
Kulu Mele performance, workshop, and community conversation at the Baltimore Rhythm Festival  

Philadelphia Folklore Project 
The Historically Black Neighborhood of Swarthmore: Producing a Podcast on its History 

Rivers of Steel 
Public workshop trainings for folk and traditional artists through mentorships from master teaching artists and hands-on experiences 


Shenandoah University 
Ranky Tanky: Engaging with Gullah Culture 

Venture Richmond 
The Virginia Folklife Area at the Richmond Folk Festival 


If you are interested in serving as a panelist for Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects, please email Program Director Emily Hilliard at emily@midatlanticarts.org with your name and a short bio for consideration. 

2022-2023 Program Panelists 

Karen “Queen Nur” Abdul-Malik 
Storyteller, 14th President of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Member of the Board of Directors of the American Folklore Society, Creative Arts Director at Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte Vermont 
Willingboro, NJ 

Mackenzie Kwok  
Folklorist, City Lore and Long Island Traditions and Head Folklorist Research of American Lore Theater 
Brooklyn, NY 

Kristin Sullivan  
Executive Director of the Ward Foundation, the nonprofit that operates the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art at Salisbury University 
Salisbury, MD 

Manage Your Grant

COVID-19 Coronavirus 

As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation, and we recognize the need to be flexible.  We recognize that out of an abundance of caution, grantees may need to cancel grant-supported engagements or activities. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Director of Operations, Phillip Harmon, or the Mid Atlantic Arts program officer handling your specific grant program or activity to discuss your concerns or options. You can find staff contact information here.  Please be assured we will not penalize grantees for canceling grants due to COVID-19 coronavirus considerations and will be as flexible as we can within the limits of our own funder limitations. 

Virtual Engagement Guidance 
As arts organizations evolve in response to a changing landscape, Mid Atlantic Arts will continue to take a flexible approach to our program policies during this time. While we believe that live, in-person performances are hard to replace, we are also open to adaptive approaches that will ensure continued access to these arts experiences. Therefore, we are glad to announce the following policy for virtual engagements as an option for our grantees to fulfill their public performance and community engagement activity requirements. 

Please read the full guidance document to understand the requirements of presenting your funded engagement as a virtual presentation. We have also included links to a few resources that may help you guide your decisions around virtual presentation. 

Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window) 
Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as an accessible Word document (Click link to download) 

Changes in Project Proposal 

Any changes in the content, schedule, or budget of your project as proposed must be submitted in writing for approval prior to being implemented. Requested changes must be submitted to Phillip Harmon, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting 

Acknowledgement and Crediting requirements were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement. 

Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below. Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report. 

Credit and Logo Usage Details 

The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts logo MUST appear in all programs, websites and press releases produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project. In addition, the following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts logo should be included whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary, in all flyers and postcards, email communications, season brochures, social media posts and calendars, and any other print or electronic promotional and publicity materials produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project. 

  • This statement must be used in its entirety and cannot be altered in any way. 

This program is made possible through the Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Website Link 

Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts website at www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant period with Mid Atlantic Arts. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in Mid Atlantic Arts’ logo. 

Final Reports 

Final report requirements and instructions were included as Exhibit B of the Grant Award Agreement. 

Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement. 

Final reports are to be completed online at https://midatlanticarts.smartsimple.com/ 

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539. 6656 x109.