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Community Art and Civic Engagement Grant Program Details
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Community Art and Civic Engagement Grant Program

FirePony Creative Society (CACE)


The FirePony Creative Society* Community Art and Civic Engagement program

seeks to help attract, inspire, and nurture a diverse community in order to celebrate and encourage year-round experiments in the creation of art, a culture of play, and the collective sharing of ideas and skills. Specifically, CACE supports and funds artists and organizations around the mid-Atlantic region in their efforts to develop and execute highly interactive, innovative, community-focused and community-driven projects.

Note: FirePony Creative Society is the trade name of Playa del Fuego, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in Maryland.


Application rounds for the Community Art and Civic Engagement Grant Program will be open up to twice a year, and applications may be submitted any time during the cycle. Applicants will be notified of their grant status within 45 days of the application deadline. Projects that require a longer lead-time may be considered, contact us for details.  


Access and Equal Opportunity. Federal and Maryland statutes require all applicants to comply with laws and regulations governing nondiscrimination. Grant funds may not be used to promote or engage in criminal acts of violence, terrorism, hate crimes, the destruction of any state, or discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, religion, military and veteran status, disability, sex, age, gender identity or sexual orientation, or support of any entity that engages in these activities. These statutes include: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (P.L. 88-352) which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended (20 U.S.C. Sections 1681-1683, and 1685-1686), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. Section 794), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101-12213) which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disabilities; and the DC Human Rights Act of 1977.

Applicants may apply as an individual or as an organization. Organizations must be a registered non-profit in the US in good standing. Additional eligibility criteria are:


The CACE Grant program awards funds between $250 -  $4000 with anything over $2000 requiring matching funds.



The following areas will be used to evaluate the application submissions, artistic work samples and other support materials:

The selection process will also take into consideration general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs and values of the American public consistent with The National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act, as amended in 1990.

FirePony Creative Society is not obligated to fund any projects during any grant cycle.

Grant Selection Team: Submissions for all Community Art and Civic Engagement Grants will be reviewed by the CACE team.


Examples of Allowable Costs:

Examples of Unallowable Costs:


Individual or organizations must submit application here to be considered

In addition to standard application materials, the following may be requested on a case-by-case basis by the CACE team:


Fund Distribution Examples


Changes in Grant Activity. If a grantee would like to request a change in the approved scope or direction of the contracted project, they should contact the CACE team. Grantees must submit a written request for amendment and a revised budget, both which must be approved by FirePony Creative Society’s CACE team before any changes to the activity can occur. If the grantee makes changes to the grant proposal without first seeking approval, the grant may be cancelled and the grantee may be required to repay distributed grants funds in full.

Failure to Complete the Project. Grantees who fail to complete projects and submit all final documentation on time will be ineligible for future grants for a period of 18 months. (Exceptions may be made in cases of illness or family emergency.) Additionally, if the grantee defaults on the agreement with FirePony Creative Society and does not complete the project as proposed and approved, breaches the terms of the grant contract, or ceases to do business, it shall be required to repay grant funds to FirePony Creative Society in their entirety within 30 days of default.