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Rubys Artist Project Grants

Grants to Greater Baltimore, Maryland Artists
for Projects in the Literary or Visual Arts

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Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA)

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Greater Baltimore, Maryland individual artists to support projects in the literary 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.

The Rubys were established in 2013 by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) with the vision and start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation 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.

Artistic Categories:

-Literary Arts includes but is not limited to: nonfiction; fiction; poetry; graphic novels; cross-disciplinary; experimental/emerging fields.

-Visual Arts includes but is not limited to: painting; photography; sculpture; works on paper; craft; installation; traditional/folk art; cross-disciplinary; experimental/emerging fields.

Selection Criteria:
-Artistic merit and skill of the work represented in the work samples
-Feasibility of the project, including likelihood that the project can be realized, based on the budget, timeline, and proposed logistics and details.
-Creativity of the project, in that it is an innovative step for the artist or that it is a significant deepening of their current artistic practice.

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a grant, an artist must be:
-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.
-U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident
-At least 21 years old
-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 Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, or their immediate family members

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attend a grant workshop to learn about the application process for a Rubys Artist Project Grant as well as learn about general grantwriting tips and strategies. The workshop lasts about an hour and will have ample opportunity for questions. Workshops are open to all and free to attend. RSVP here for any of the workshops listed below.

-Monday, June 11, 2018, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at the Motor House, 3rd Floor Conference Room (120 W. North Avenue, Baltimore 21201)

-Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Howard County Arts Council (8510 High Ridge Rd, Ellicott City, 21043)

-Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, at the Motor House, 3rd Floor Conference Room (120 W. North Avenue, Baltimore 21201)

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Pre-Application Information:

The online application portal opens June 1, 2018.

The application deadline is July 31, 2018.

There is a $25 application fee. This fee is waived if you are a current GBCA member as of June 1, 2018. If you are a member, please email program staff in advance of the deadline to obtain the members application link.

If you are not a GBCA member, then the $25 application fee includes a one-year membership to the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Contact Information:

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

The grant application must be submitted online at:

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, and Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties