Large group of dancers wearing all white on a white stage with red background lighting. Many dancers are mid motion, and are gathered closely together interacting with each other.

Vincent E. Thomas and the What’s Going On company performed with local dancers at the Christiana Cultural Arts Center in Delaware with support from the 2018 Special Presenters Initiatives program. Photo: Wendell Raulston, Jr.

The Special Presenter Initiatives program provides funding to small and mid-size presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia to support engagements with professional touring artists and ensembles from anywhere worldwide. The supported projects include performances as well as community engagement activities that enhance the performance experience and offer meaningful exchanges between touring artists and a presenter’s community.

Nonprofit presenters can request matching grants for up to two projects per annual cycle. Presenters in DC, DE, and WV can request up to $2,000 per project, and up to $5,000 per project for presenters in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Questions regarding Special Presenter Initiatives should be directed to Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing, Arts, at haowen@midatlanticarts.org.

The Special Presenter Initiatives program is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.


For presenters based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia:

The application deadline for the Special Presenter Initiatives is Friday, March 29, 2019 for projects taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.


To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, please review the program guidelines carefully prior to submission.

For your convenience, guidelines are available in both PDF and Word formats below.

Download 2018-2019 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download 2018-2019 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as a screen-reader friendly Word document (click link to download)

Online Application

To access the online eGRANT application, click the link below and select the 2019-2020 Special Presenter Initiatives application once logged in.

https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net (link opens in a new window)

Application Webinars

MAAF will be offering three free webinars to assist potential applicants in understanding the Special Presenter Initiatives program and filling out the online application. Webinar dates and times:

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 3-4PM
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 11AM-12PM
Friday, March 15, 2019, 1-2PM

RSVP here.

Current Grantees


All schedules are subject to change. Please check with the performance venue for times and ticket information.

District of Columbia

7/7/2018 Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company Madhavi Mudgal Dance Company (India)
11/17/2018 Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company Alarmel Valli Dance Company (India)
3/11-16/2019 Dance Place CONTRA-TIEMPO (CA)
3/30/2019 Dumbarton Concerts Harlem Quartet (NY)
4/13/2019 CapitalBop Angelica Sanchez Nonet (NY)


8/17/2018 The Freeman Stage at Bayside Step Afrika! (DC)
9/15/2018 The Freeman Stage at Bayside Kat Edmonson (NY)
10/2/2018 Grand Opera House Compania Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero (Spain)
10/12/2018 Grand Opera House Lucky Chops (NY)
11/16-17/2018 Coastal Concerts American String Quartet with Diaz Brothers (NY)
1/18-19/2019 Delaware Art Museum Black String (Korea)
2/22-23/2019 Coastal Concerts David Russell (Spain)
4/13/2019 Wilmington Wintergrass Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper (IN)
4/13/2019 Wilmington Wintergrass Carolina Blue Band (NC)
4/20/2019 Delaware Friends of Folk The Kennedys (NY)

U.S. Virgin Islands

10/20/2018 United Jazz Foundation Wycliffe Gordon and His International All Stars (GA)
12/21-22/2018 United Jazz Foundation The Good Times Brass Band (GA)
1/3-4/2019 St. John School of the Arts Black Oak Ensemble (IL)
1/16-19/2019 The Forum Julian Gargiulo (NY)
4/5-6/2019 The Forum Elena Urioste & Michael Brown (NY)

West Virginia

7/7/2018 Pocahontas County Opera House Cheik Hamala Diabate (DC)
9/6/2018 Beckley Concert Association The Steel Wheels (VA)
9/14/2018 Carnegie Hall Tim O’Brien (TN)
11/16/2018 Carnegie Hall Reduced Shakespeare Company (CA)
2/26/2019 Clay Center Cirque Mechanics Arts (NV)
3/8/2019 Beckley Concert Association Armida Quartet  (Germany)
3/9/2019 Chuck Mathena Center Russian National Ballet Theatre (Russia)
3/11-14/2019 ArtsLink Dan Kamin (PA)
3/29/2019 Pocahontas County Opera House Alash (Tuva)
4/6/2019 FOOTMAD Andes Manta (NY)

Manage Your Grant

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, Grants and Operations Officer, 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 Foundation through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below.  Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo and [your State arts agency] 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 Foundation 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 engagement of [ARTIST] is made possible through the Special Presenters Initiative program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the [your State arts agency].*

Website Link

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

*Projects are also supported by our State partners. Please refer to the specific crediting requirements and language in your Grant Award Agreement to ensure you provide proper crediting for your project.

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 using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the application for the grant must be used to complete the final report. If you do not remember your login and/or password, please use the link on the eGRANT login page to retrieve the information.

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109.