Mid Atlantic Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects grants fund projects that support the vitality of traditional arts and cultures in the mid-Atlantic region.

Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects grants fund projects that support the vitality of traditional arts and cultures in the mid-Atlantic region. Non-profit organizations in DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, USVI, PR, or WV may apply for $1,000 to $7,000 grants. A 1:1 match is required.

Eligible project activities may include performances, public art collaborations, workshops/trainings, exhibitions, fieldwork/documentation, and creation of new traditional work. Mid Atlantic Arts encourages projects that cross state/territory borders, as well as projects that support or engage underserved or underrepresented artists, practitioners, traditions, or constituents.

Grant support range: $1,000 – $7,000

Eligibility and Schedule


In order to receive Community Projects grants, an organization must:

  • Be located in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, and Native nations that share this geography;
  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a unit of state or local government, or a Federally-recognized Indian tribal government. Units of state or local government must provide a document on official letterhead to confirm status as a government entity. Fiscal sponsorship is not permitted for this program;
  • Be in good standing with Mid Atlantic Arts, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents.


Questions? Contact Joel Chapman, Program Associate, Folk and Traditional Arts, at

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Learn more about the 2023-2024 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Grantees.


For this program, Mid Atlantic Arts works with a panel of independent reviewers to recommend applications for funding. To be considered as a panelist for this and other programs, complete our Panelist Interest Form. You only need to complete the form once to be considered for multiple programs. Click here to access the Panelist Interest Form.

2023-2024 Program Panelists

Junious Brickhouse 
Silverspring, MD 
Junious is an internationally recognized scholar practitioner dedicated to the sustainability of Hip Hop Cultures. As a researcher, folklorist, cultural ambassador, mentor, and logistician, Junious currently serves as Director of Next Level, driving the strategic direction of the program’s cultural diplomacy and global conflict transformation initiatives. He comes from a 21-year career as a Logistics Professional in the U.S. Army and later as a Department of Defense contractor. Throughout this time in various international assignments, Junious developed both a military and dance career, eventually rising to positions of leadership in both areas.

Dr. Anna Morel O’Brien 
Culpepper, VA 
Annamarie Morel is an independent folklorist who works in museums and non-profits. She currently works for Folkstreams as the communications manager, and Treasure Island Museum. Morel received her PhD in American Studies from Penn State University, with a certificate in Ethnography & Folklife, and concentrations in Popular & Folk Culture, and Media Studies & Visual Culture.

Isiah Smallwood 
Elmira, NY 
Isaiah is a son, a proud husband, a brother, a leader, and more. While he considers himself a student still, most of his peers call him an artist. He is a gospel and R&B artist who leads a faith team at one of the local churches, teaches audio production at a local community center, and was a recent recipient of a NYSCA-sponsored Rural & Traditional Arts Fellowship. He has been involved in many church choirs and worship teams, and even began pursuing music at the collegiate level. He has a very deep love for all types of music but is particularly drawn to R&B, Gospel, and Soul.  

Opportunity & Support Type
Target Candidate
Federally-recognized Indian tribal government, Units of government, Performing Arts Presenter, Artist/practitioner
Folklife & Traditional Arts
Regional Requirement
Questions or need guidance?
Ellie Dassler
Program Director, Folk and Traditional Arts
Joel Chapman
Program Associate, Folk and Traditional Arts
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