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Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts (BOPA)

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations and artists in eligible locations for educational arts programming in school and community settings. Funding is intended to support the development of workshops and classes that benefit students, the elderly, or reentry and incarcerated populations. Artists and organizations must be based in Baltimore City.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts is excited to announce  Arts In Action Arts Education grant opportunities for teaching artists and non profit organizations with an arts education focus. Arts in Action grants support arts education projects/classes/workshops that take place in-school, after school, or in local community settings.

Project Eligibility:

  • Classes/Workshops can support K-12 aged students, creative aging, and incarcerated/reentry populations. 
  • Classes/Workshops may be delivered in-person or virtually due to the global health concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Applicant must provide at least 4 sequential, teaching sessions between the same teaching artist(s) and the same cohort of students/people.
  • Student cohorts must have a minimum of 6 students per session.
  • Applicant must provide stated learning goals, outcomes, and evaluation plan.
  • Class/Workshop spaces must be accessible to those with disabilities. Also, activities must be altered to meet the needs of the visually and hearing impaired upon appropriate notification of need.

Eligible Project Expenses:

  • Only direct artistic costs ( in person or virtually) and materials will be considered for funding.
  • Project must provide sequential, skills‐based study that incorporates one or more art forms, that is hands-on and participatory, and that involve at least 4 sessions between the same teaching artist(s) and the same group of students. Sessions may be in-person or virtual.
  • Materials/supplies costs
  • Artist fees

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199075

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $1000 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding is for the Spring semester of the 2021-2022 academic school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Requirements:
- Individual/Teaching artists and/or non-profit organization must be based in Baltimore City.
- School partners and non profit organizations must be located in Baltimore City.
- Individual/Teaching artists and/or organizations must have at least 2 years of prior teaching experience and/or history of implementing workshops/ classes with youth.

Ineligible Project Expenses:
- Projects already partially or fully funded by schools/ partner organizations.
- Fellowships and/or scholarships
- Project income exceeding project expenses (below $100 or more than $5000)
- Subsidizes entertainment costs (e.g. theater parties, gallery/museum openings, receptions)
- Supports fundraising activities
- Partners with a school that is private or parochial within Baltimore City, not recognized by BCPS
- Is a standalone, single occurrence activity

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grants Information Session: Friday, October 22, 2021 at 3pm and Friday October 27, 2021 at 4pm - for more details about updates and changes to the grant programs. This information session will be recorded and shared on the website.

Time: October 22, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 977 2449 8972

Time: October 27, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline:
- Applications Open: Oct 18th 2021
- Application Closes: December 3rd 2021
- Applicants Notified Friday Dec 17th, 2021 (80% of funding received upon execution of agreement)
- Final Reports are due Friday June 17th 2022 (20% of funding received upon execution of agreement)

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For questions or assistance, please call 410-752-8632.

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
10 E. Baltimore Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

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