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Grants to Maryland Artists and Nonprofit Community-Based Organizations
in Eligible Regions to Collaborate on the Creation of Public Murals

Community Arts Grant

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Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA)

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Grants of up to $17,000 to Maryland individual artists and nonprofit community-based organizations in eligible locations to collaborate on the creation of publicly accessible original wall murals. Eligible expenses include artist fees, supplies and materials, and installation costs. Funding will be distributed for the purpose of strengthening Baltimore City neighborhoods through community art projects.

The 2022 Community Arts Grant, produced by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), supports community-artist collaborative design & implementation of new, exterior wall mural projects sited in underserved communities of Baltimore City. The collaborative projects must be free and open to the public and exist in outdoor, publicly accessible spaces. 

Grant Applicants:

  • Artists and communities are encouraged to submit exciting art design concepts that represent the distinct character and quality of a local community, with consideration to local cultural heritage and diversity.
  • Projects must employ community engagement in the creative process (include input from residents and stakeholders in the mural design process)
  • Working together, artists and community groups design and propose a new mural art concept for their community. Communities should carefully review design concepts to address questionable or offensive mural artwork designs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165191

Estimated Size of Grant:

The 2022 Community Arts Grant funds awards up to $17,000.00.

Term of Contract:

Project must be completed by October 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant program is open to Baltimore City neighborhood and community-based organizations that partner with artists, artist teams, designers, design teams, or arts organizations.

The lead applicant must be designated by the IRS as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. If this is not the case, applicants can apply through a 501(c)3 organization that agrees to act as the fiscal agent.

Employees of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts are not eligible to apply.

Ineligible projects include: mural conservation, restoration, commercial business advertisement, or signage.

Expenses that fall outside of Artist Fee, Material Supplies Costs, and Installation Costs are not reimbursable. Sales tax will not be reimbursed.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline:
- Application Opens: February 7, 2022
- Application Deadline: May 2, 2022
- Grant Award Notifications Announced: May 31, 2022
- Deadline for Completion of Finished Murals: October 1, 2022

Projects must employ community engagement in the creative process.

Matching funds are not required for this grant, however, if the project budget exceeds the total award amount requested, the source of additional funding must be made clear in the proposed project budget.

Artist/Contractors are required to carry General Liability insurance coverage for bodily injury and property damage, and Workers compensation insurance coverage for the artist/contractors’ employees (artist assistants, subcontractors).

Receipts, invoices for artist fees, material supplies expenses, equipment rentals, contractor work are required to receive funds/reimbursements.

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

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For more information on the Community Art Grant, contact:
Chris Brooks

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

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USA: Maryland: Baltimore City

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