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COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

Individual Artist Grants

County Executive Olszewski previously made available 100 Individual Artist Grants at $1,000 each to Baltimore County-based artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are no longer accepting Individual Artist Grant applications. However, we strongly encourage you to email arts@baltimorecountymd.gov to be added to our email list should additional funds become available or for future grant opportunities. Please email us the following information:

  • Full name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Address
  • Type of art form and genre (such as “Visual art: Sculpture” or “Music: Saxophone”)

Thank you for your service to Baltimore County’s arts community. We greatly appreciate your contribution.

To ensure an equal and fair grant application and review process for all applicants, we are unable to respond to phone calls or emails regarding eligibility or the application review process.

Use of Funds

Artists can use funds to offset financial losses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic including, but not limited to:

  • Financial losses due to cancelled events:
    • Performances, exhibitions and events in all artistic disciplines
    • Readings, panels and speaking opportunities
  • Travel expenses related to creative work paid for by the Grantee:
    • Attending conferences and convenings that have been cancelled
    • Artist residencies
    • Touring
  • Loss of income for a teaching artist who could not teach because of cancelled classes and school closures
  • Loss of supplemental income for artists working full- or part-time other jobs to support their creative practices

Eligibility 

Artists can apply for $1,000 in grant money. Each artist is entitled to one application. To apply, artists must:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Have incurred losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Have been a County resident for at least one year
  • Provide a copy of a utility bill (power, gas, cable, phone or water-sewer) to show proof of County residence  
  • Have a strong artistic portfolio
  • Not be in default on any loan from the County
  • Not be delinquent on any taxes due to the County

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting Individual Artist Grant applications.

Important Note: Applicants need to ensure the accuracy of their W-9 when completing their application. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application may preclude you from being awarded grant funds from this program.

 

Review and Approval

We welcome applications from all artists living in Baltimore County, but will prioritize lower income (approximately $37,500, based on 300 percent of 2019 federal poverty level) artists. Any applicant making over $37,500 will be evaluated with the final round on June 15, at which point any remaining funds will be distributed to qualified applicants in the order the applications were received and until funds are depleted.

 
Revised June 9, 2020         

 

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