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Organizations for Public Arts Projects in Eligible Locations

Communities Thrive Organizational Project Grant

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Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA)

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Grants of $5,000 to Maryland nonprofit community groups and arts and cultural organizations to develop and present public arts projects in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support the work of small to mid-sized arts organizations. All activities associated with project grant requests for funds must take place in Baltimore City. If the event is virtual, the organization applying for funding must be located in Baltimore City.

The Communities Thrive Organizational Project Grant supports small and mid-sized arts organizations in the production and presentation of artistic works accessible to the general public within the City of Baltimore. The Communities Thrive Organizational Project Grant supports — in whole or in part — specific arts projects that demonstrate originality, vision, and benefit or interest to the community. Grant awards support projects for organizations and community groups that work in a wide array of arts and culture disciplines including performing arts, media arts, visual arts, literary arts and on-line arts projects.

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GrantWatch ID#: 195512

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Applicants may apply for a $5000 project grant.

Term of Contract:

Arts activities should take place in Baltimore City between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who Can Apply:
- Arts and/or Cultural organizations, and community groups with 501(c)(3) status located in Baltimore City, MD
- Cultural Organizations/ Community Groups that utilize fiduciary organizations.
- Arts and Cultural Organizations and Community Groups with annual operating budgets less than $200,000
- Arts and Cultural Organizations and Community Groups that have been in an organization for more than 2 years.

Applicants MUST:
- Provide either Independently Certified Audited or Reviewed Financial Statements for FY20 and FY21 for its annual budget.
- Have a Certificate of Good Standing certifying that the applicant is a registered nonprofit corporation, in good standing, in the State of Maryland.

Who may not apply:
- Individual Artists/Creatives
- Organizations that have received a Communities Thrive Organizational Project Grant within the last 12 months.
- Units of government, including K‐12 school districts;
- Public colleges and universities; libraries; individuals;
- Organizations that are the primary responsibility of a government agency;
- Private K‐12 schools; private libraries;
- Organizations that are not in good standing with BOPA and/or not in compliance with previous grants.

Communities Thrive Organizational Grants cannot be used for the following:
- Religious ceremonies or events advancing or inhibiting a particular religious ideology;
- Fundraising or advocacy of specific political causes or candidates
- Capital improvements (facilities and equipment);
- Agent’s fees for programs contracted through commercial agencies;
- Travel outside of the United States.
- Projects outside of Baltimore City.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Arts Council will be hosting an info session on Wednesday April 26th @ 6pm via zoom. Registration is required. The link is below.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Application Opens: April 18 2022
- Application Closes: May 13 2022
- Review Period: May 16th - June 3rd 2022
- Applicants Notified: June 6th 2022
- Final Reports Due: June 1 2023

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Paper applications can be mailed to:
Attention: Devin Shacklett
The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
7 St. Paul, Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21202

For questions or technical support, please contact Devin Shacklett, Programs Coordinator for the Arts Council, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, at dshacklett@promotionandarts.orgor 410-752 x 4560.

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