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Project Grants—Funding Guidelines


Arts and Sciences Project Grants funded by Baltimore County government will help community-based organizations produce and present arts, science, history and humanities programs and activities in local communities in Baltimore County.


Community-based, not-for-profit organizations in Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Howard and Harford Counties are eligible to apply for funding for arts activities that serve Baltimore County residents. Project Grants provide funding support for specific projects, such as performances, exhibits, lectures, classes and workshops. General operating support is not available through Project Grants.

Note: All arts, sciences and humanities activities requesting project grant funding must take place in Baltimore County.

Eligible organizations include arts organizations, after-school programs, museums and community-based groups that present arts, sciences and humanities programs and projects.

Review Criteria

Review of Project Grants is based upon the following criteria:

  • Artistic, historic and scientific merit of the proposed activities
  • Service to Baltimore County residents
  • Number of proposed activities that take place in Baltimore County
  • Partnerships with County-based organizations
  • Feasibility of the budget
  • Ability of the applicant to carry out the proposed activities

Funding Amount and Requirements

Applicants may apply for up to $9,500 for a project in Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21). Arts, sciences and humanities activities must take place in Baltimore County between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Grant funds must be used for specific projects or events and not for general operating expenses. Requirements have changed. Read the instructions carefully. Both new and returning applicants should plan to attend the Grant Information session.

Next Project Grant Availability

Applications for FY21 Arts and Sciences Project Grants are open. The application deadline is Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Information Sessions for FY21

For new and returning applicants, there are many changes to this year’s Project Grant application. Plan to attend one of the following sessions from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.:

  • Thursday, February 27
    Arbutus Branch of Baltimore County Public Library
    855 Sulphur Spring Road
    Arbutus, Maryland 21227
  • Thursday, March 5
    Essex Branch of Baltimore County Public Library
    1110 Eastern Boulevard
    Essex, Maryland 21221

There will be time for questions during and after each session.

Application Submission

Grant applications, request for financial assistance form and other required documents must be sent in PDF format by the application deadline to

Note: Please do not use the Mac Preview program when completing the PDF forms due to incompatibility issues. Use Adobe Reader or another PDF viewer if possible.

For Non-Organization Applicants

The Grit Fund provides monetary awards—up to $7,000—to encourage the development and presentation of projects that contribute to the vibrancy and advancement of Baltimore’s arts and cultural landscape. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, March 1.

The Grit Fund is a project-specific award that prioritizes artistic initiatives that present opportunities for artists, cultural organizers and community members to develop collaborations that investigate place and space. We accept proposals from unincorporated, artist-led initiatives that utilize the visual arts as a means to produce collaborative, public-facing projects.


Baltimore-based artists age 21 and over are eligible to apply. Grit Fund projects must be based in Baltimore City or County and be accessible to the public. Funded activities may include:

  • Festivals
  • Film screenings
  • Exhibitions
  • Publications
  • Public events
  • Public- or place-based art
  • The founding of a new arts venue or collective
  • The ongoing work of an existing arts venue or collective

Information Session Details

Saturday, February 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21224

Register for the information session.

Revised February 12, 2020         


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