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Grants Support Arts, Humanities and Cultural Organizations Serving County Residents

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced today that applications are now open for Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Grants to support not-for-profit organizations that offer visual and performing arts, science and humanities programs.

Organizations both in and near Baltimore County may apply for grants, as long as they serve Baltimore County’s residents.

“Baltimore County arts and cultural assets enrich our lives, support our economy, and improve quality of life in our communities,” said Olszewski. “We’re proud to provide these grants to better connect our residents with diverse arts and cultural opportunities here in Baltimore County and throughout our region.”

Application and Informational Workshops

The Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences operating grant applications are available on the County website and the deadline for applying is Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Grants are awarded based on artistic and educational merit, service to Baltimore County, the region and community, impact on diverse cultural needs of the community, management effectiveness, financial stability, and the extent of outreach to involve new audiences, special constituencies and underserved populations. It is the Commission’s policy not to be the sole source of funding for any grantee.

The Commission is hosting informational workshops for potential applicants via Webex on September 17 and September 29 at 3:30 p.m.

Those interested in participating in a workshop must email Arts and Sciences Coordinator, Helene Luce at hluce@baltimorecountymd.gov, at least 24 hours ahead of the session to receive the Webex link information.


State Laws and Guidelines Will Continue to be Strictly Enforced

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that, effective Friday, September 4, at 5 p.m., Baltimore County will align with state actions to begin moving into a modified Stage Three plan, which will allow enclosed and outdoor theaters to reopen and retail and religious facilities to expand indoor capacity.

Governor Hogan’s Executive order is available here (PDF).

County Executive Olszewski released the following statement:

“Baltimore County has taken significant steps to combat the COVID-19 pandemic while gradually and safely reopening our economy. Thanks to our efforts, and the efforts of County residents to protect themselves and their loved ones, we’ve seen continued progress.

I’ve consistently said that a patchwork approach to reopening only confuses residents, puts businesses who are just miles apart on unequal playing fields, and limits the public health impact of any individual jurisdiction’s decisions. By continuing to align with the state, Baltimore County is providing clarity for our residents—though these steps do not mean we can let our guard down.

It’s critical that we all continue to do everything we can to slow the spread of this virus. That means following the science which says wearing face coverings and socially distancing wherever possible are still our best tools in the fight against COVID-19. We have to Be Safe to Stay Safe to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

This dangerous disease is still with us and I urge all our residents and businesses to continue to follow the best public health guidance. In the days and weeks ahead, we will continue to strictly enforce state laws and guidelines—any businesses found to be violating face-covering or social distancing mandates, will be held accountable.

As with every step we have taken, we will continue to monitor this situation and will not hesitate to do whatever is necessary to protect the public’s health. We're still in this together and can only get through this together.”

According to State metrics, Baltimore County’s positivity rate has remained below five percent since July 7, 2020, and is currently 4.4 percent—a reduction of a 67 percent reduction since May 29, 2020.

Baltimore County’s case rate is 1,800 cases per 100,000 residents—35 percent lower than Prince George’s County, 22 percent lower than Baltimore City and two percent lower than Montgomery County.

Under Governor Hogan and Secretary Neil’s latest orders:

  • Indoor theaters may operate up to 50 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower. State reopening guidance for theaters is available here (PDF).
  • Outdoor entertainment venues may operate up to 50 percent capacity or 250 people, whichever is lower.
  • All retail establishments and religious facilities may now operate up to 75 percent capacity.

Under the state order, indoor dining at food service establishments remains limited up to 50 percent capacity.

Face Coverings Still Required

Under state and local order, individuals ages five and up are required to wear face coverings in any indoor business, service, organization or establishment that serves the general public. This includes, but is not limited to, retail establishments, recreational establishments, theaters, houses of worship and other locations open to the public.

Individuals ages five and up are required to wear face coverings when outdoors and unable to consistently maintain at least six feet of distance from individuals who are not members of their household.

Individuals are not required to wear a mask if eating or drinking while seated. In accordance with Governor Hogan’s orders, face coverings are still required when otherwise moving in or about a restaurant or bar premises.

Baltimore County Expanding Enforcement Efforts

To date, Baltimore County has already issued notices to multiple bars and restaurants across Baltimore County for violation of state COVID-19 requirements. County officials continue to regularly inspect establishments for compliance and are currently in the process of hiring additional staff to further enhance the County’s ongoing response efforts.


Secure Ballot Boxes at 13 Sites Across the County Beginning First Week of October, County Providing $100 Pay Incentive for Chief and General Election Judges

Amid the evolving impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Maryland Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones (D-10, Baltimore County), and Katie Brown, Director of the Baltimore County Board of Elections, today provided an update on the upcoming November 3 General Election, highlighting how residents can safely and securely cast their ballots by mail, ballot drop boxes, early voting, or on Election Day.

“Protecting the right to vote is fundamental to the strength and stability of our democracy. With less than 100 days until the General Election, we’re urging residents to make their plan to vote now,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “We’re thankful for all our state and local partners who remain committed to ensuring that Baltimore County’s residents can vote safely and securely—so they can make their voices heard without compromising their health.”

Election Judge Recruitment

Like other jurisdictions across the state, Baltimore County has faced challenges with election judge recruitment. While the County has currently recruited all 1,500 election judges required to staff voting centers throughout Early Voting and on Election Day, local officials are continuing to recruit election judges from all parties to serve as substitute judges.

To ensure the County remains competitive amid that recruitment process, and in recognition of the challenging circumstances surrounding an election during a pandemic, County Executive Olszewski and Director Brown today announced the County is providing a $100 pay incentive to enhance existing pay rates for all election judges. To apply to be an election judge, please visit the Election Judges and Closers page.

“We’re working around the clock to ensure voting is safe and secure—no matter how you choose to cast your ballot,” Brown said. “Remember, to vote by mail, please request your ballot now. Beginning the first week of October, you can safely drop your ballot at any location. Our staff will continue to work with health officials to put proper safety measures in place to protect both your vote and health.”

"This is a vital moment in our history. Not only are we voting for the next President of the United States, but we do so during the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote,” said Speaker Jones. “It’s imperative that we do everything we can to make our voices heard and participate in the electoral process. The future of our communities are at stake. So, make sure you request your ballot now and make plans for you and your families to vote this fall.”

Voting By Mail

To date, the Baltimore County Board of Elections has received 65,592 requests for mail-in ballots. According to Boards of Elections officials, ballots will be in the mail beginning the first week of October.

The Board is currently projecting a turnout of 75 percent of registered voters—more than 419,000 residents.

Residents who receive their ballot by mail may submit their ballot by the following methods:

Hand deliver your ballot. You must deliver it to the local board of elections by 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020, or you may take it to an early voting center, an Election Day vote center, or a ballot drop off box, or a polling place before the polls close.

Mail your ballot. If you mail your voted ballot, make sure that the envelope is postmarked on or before general election day (November 3, 2020). Your voted ballot must be received by your local board of elections by 10 a.m. on November 13, 2020.

Drop your ballot at a ballot drop off box. Voters will have an option to submit their ballots via ballot boxes that will be placed at 13 locations throughout the County.

Ballot Drop Boxes

Baltimore County is providing 13 secure ballot drop boxes, one at each of the 11 Early Voting locations and additional drop boxes at the Board of Elections office in Hunt Valley and at Hereford High School. Drop boxes will be under 24-hour security. Residents can drop their ballot at any location.

Beginning the first week of October, ballot drop-off boxes will be available at the following locations:

  • Arbutus Recreation Center: 865 Sulphur Spring Road, Halethorpe, Maryland 21227
  • Baltimore County Board of Elections, 11112 Gilroy Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031
  • Hereford High School 17301 York Road, Parkton, Maryland 21120
  • Honeygo Run Community Center: 9033 Honeygo Boulevard, Perry Hall, Maryland 21128
  • Jacksonville Recreation Center at Sweet Air Park: 3605B Sweet Air Road, Jacksonville, Maryland 21131
  • Oregon Ridge Lodge: 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
  • County Campus Metro Centre at Owings Mills: 10302 Grand Central Avenue, 3rd Floor, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
  • Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center: 323 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
  • Randallstown Community Center: 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, Maryland 21133
  • Reisterstown Senior Center at Hannah More Park: 12035 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
  • Towson University South Campus Pavilion: 1 Auburn Drive, Towson, Maryland 21252
  • Victory Villa Community Center: 404 Compass Road East, Middle River, Maryland 21220
  • Woodlawn Community Center: 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Gwynn Oak, Maryland 21207

Early Voting Centers

Early Voting in Maryland has been extended and will now run from Monday, October 26, 2020, through Monday, November 2, 2020; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Arbutus Recreation Center: 865 Sulphur Spring Road, Halethorpe, Maryland 21227
  • Honeygo Run Community Center: 9033 Honeygo Boulevard, Perry Hall, Maryland 21128
  • Jacksonville Recreation Center at Sweet Air Park: 3605B Sweet Air Road, Jacksonville, Maryland 21131
  • Oregon Ridge Lodge: 113401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
  • County Campus Metro Centre at Owings Mills: 10302 Grand Central Avenue, 3rd Floor, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
  • Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center: 323 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
  • Randallstown Community Center: 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, Maryland 21133
  • Reisterstown Senior Center at Hannah More Park: 12035 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
  • Towson University South Campus Pavilion: 1 Auburn Drive, Towson, Maryland 21252
  • Victory Villa Community Center: 404 Compass Road East, Middle River, Maryland 21220
  • Woodlawn Community Center: 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Gwynn Oak, Maryland 21207

Residents wishing to vote early can vote at any early-voting location.

Early Voting Centers and Ballot Drop Box Locations
 

General Election Voting Sites

Baltimore County will operate 42 in-person voting sites on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Arbutus Recreation Center: 865 Sulphur Spring Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21227
  • Catonsville High: 421 Bloomsbury Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21228
  • Catonsville Middle: 2301 Edmondson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21228
  • Chatsworth School: 222 New Avenue, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
  • Chesapeake High: 1801 Turkey Point Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21221
  • Colgate Elementary: 401 51st Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21224
  • County Campus Metro Centre at Owings Mills: 10302 Grand Central Avenue, 3rd Floor, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
  • Dulaney High: 255 Padonia Road, Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland 21093
  • Dundalk High: 1901 Delvale Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21222
  • Eastern Technical High: 1100 Mace Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21221
  • Franklin High: 12000 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
  • George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology: 938 York Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21204
  • Hereford High: 17301 York Road, Parkton, Maryland 21120
  • Honeygo Elementary: 4816 East Joppa Road, Perry Hall, Maryland 21128
  • Honeygo Run Community Center: 9033 Honeygo Boulevard, Perry Hall, Maryland 21128
  • Jacksonville Recreation Center at Sweet Air Park: 3605B Sweet Air Road, Jacksonville, Maryland 21131
  • Lansdowne Elementary: 2301 Alma Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21227
  • Loch Raven High: 1212 Cowpens Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21286
  • Milford Mill Academy: 3800 Washington Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
  • New Town High: 4931 New Town Boulevard, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
  • Oregon Ridge Lodge: 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
  • Orems Elementary: 711 High Villa Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21221
  • Overlea High: 5401 Kenwood Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21206
  • Owings Mills High: 124 Tollgate Road, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
  • Parkville High: 2600 Putty Hill Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21234
  • Patapsco High: 8100 Wise Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21222
  • Perry Hall High: 4601 Ebenezer Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21236
  • Pikesville High: 7621 Labyrinth Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21208
  • Randallstown Community Center: 3605 Resource Drive, Randallstown, Maryland 21133
  • Randallstown High: 4000 Offutt Road, Randallstown, Maryland 21133
  • Red House Run Elementary: 1717 Weyburn Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21237
  • Reisterstown Senior Center at Hannah More Park: 12035 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
  • Seventh District Elementary: 20300 York Road, Parkton, Maryland 21120
  • Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center: 323 Sollers Point Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21222
  • Sparrows Point High: 7400 North Point Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21219
  • Towson High: 69 Cedar Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21286
  • Towson University South Campus Pavilion: 1 Auburn Drive, Towson, Maryland 21252
  • Victory Villa Community Center: 404 Compass Road East, Baltimore, Maryland 21220
  • Vincent Farms Elementary: 6019 Ebenezer Road, White Marsh, Maryland 21162
  • Western School of Technology: 100 Kenwood Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21228
  • Woodlawn Community Center: 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21207
  • Woodlawn High: 1801 Woodlawn Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21207

Residents wishing to vote on Election Day can vote at any location.

Election Day Polling Places
 

In the coming days, Baltimore County will release a map-based tool to allow residents to review voting locations and find the location closest to them.

The deadline to request a ballot by mail is October 20. To request your ballot, residents can visit the Maryland Board of Elections Mail-in Voting page.

For more information about the 2020 General Election, please visit the Maryland Board of Elections website.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017