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Rubys Artist Grants

Grants to Greater Baltimore, Maryland Artists for Projects
in the Literary, Media, Performing, and Visual Arts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

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Deadline Date:

07/31/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Greater Baltimore, Maryland individual artists to support projects in the literary, media, performing, or visual arts. All projects must include a public component. Funding may be requested for projects that are in progress, projects that have not yet begun, and distinct phases of long-term projects. Preference is given to projects that have significant creative work left to be done.

The Rubys were established in 2013 to provide project-based support for individual artists. The goal of the program is to provide meaningful support to individual artists to allow for the creation of new work. The Rubys supports the notion of risk-taking (in practice, content, process, and/or outcome) and equally values artistic integrity, strong ideas, feasibility, and communal meaning. The program is open to artists at any stage of their career and favors projects that have significant creative work left to accomplish.

Grants will enable individual artists to create or complete a project that will include a public component occurring at some point during the grant period. The public component may be a performance, presentation/lecture, screening, exhibition, reading, or any other type of event that fits with the nature of the project.

For 2019, the Rubys program schedule was reorganized and this year all artistic categories are represented in the grant cycle – Literary Arts, Media Arts, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts.

For more information regarding artistic categories, please see:

Examples of eligible projects:
-Creation of a new body of paintings
-Supporting the production phase of your film
-Completing the writing of the first draft of a novel
-Finishing the writing of a play and staging a reading

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171620

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

Grants may be applied to a project over a 12-month period. The grant timeline is approximately October 2019 through September 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a grant, an artist must:
-Be a resident of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, or Howard County at the time of application and when the grant is awarded.
-Have a valid U.S. tax identification number 2
-Be at least 21 years old
-Be a practicing artist: Those who have actively and continually pursued their profession in this discipline for more than three years (as evidenced on your resume with application)

The following are not eligible for grants from this program:
-Full-time or part-time students in a degree-earning program
-A current board member, committee member, staff, or consultant for the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, or their immediate family members

For further information about project and expense eligibility please see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attend a workshop to learn about applying for a Rubys Grant as well as tips and strategies for preparing a strong application. This is an opportunity to ask questions in-person with the Program Director and strengthen your grant-seeking skills.

Workshops are free and open to all.

2019 Workshops
-Wednesday, June 5, 2019 // 6:30pm @ the Motor House (120 W. North Ave, Baltimore 21201)
-Tuesday, July 9, 2019 // 6:30pm @ the Strand Theatre Company (5426 Harford Rd, Baltimore 21214)
-Monday, July 22, 2019 // 6:30pm @ the Motor House (120 W. North Avenue, Baltimore 21201)

RSVP is not required, but appreciated. RSVP here:

Pre-Application Information:

Online application portal opens: June 1, 2019

The deadline to apply for a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant is Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 11:59pm.

All applicants will be notified of their status in September 2019.

Applicants may submit just one application across all categories, so apply in the appropriate category with the project you feel strongest about.

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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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The application link will open on June 1, 2019 with a deadline to apply of July 31, 2019.

Contact GBCA if you:
-Have questions about application requirements and general submission policies, including what category to apply in, deadlines, or other administration issues
-Have questions about the grant review process, status, or results
-Need to edit an application you already submitted

GBCA Contact:
Sonja Cendak, Grants Program Director

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, or Howard County