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Rubys Artist Project Grant

Grants to Maryland Individual Artists for the Creation of Work
in Literary and Visual Arts in the Greater Baltimore Area

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Foundation / Corporation

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Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA)

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Greater Baltimore area, Maryland individual artists to help support the creation of new work. Focus will be given to projects in the areas of literary arts and visual arts. Applications are accepted from individuals who have been practicing in their field for at least three years.

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.

Grants are available in two focus areas:

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

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

Individuals residing in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties are eligible to apply for a grant.

Allowable expenses include:

- Your fee as an artist (to support your time)
- Fees to collaborators including other artists and vendors
- Project-related travel and materials
- Equipment for the project
- Space rental
- Promotion and marketing

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171620

Estimated Size of Grant:

Artists may apply for grants of up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects should take place over a 12 month period. The timeline for this grant cycle is approximately October 2017 through September 2018.

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 both at the time of application and when the grant is awarded;
- A U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident;
- At least 21 years old;
- An active practicing artist who has pursued their profession in their chosen discipline for more than three years.

The following are not eligible for grants from this program:

- Organizations
- 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
- If the individual is a prior grantee in the program:
- The prior grantee must not have been recipient within the last three years
- The prior grantee must have submitted a final grant report approved by GBCA prior to the application deadline

Unallowable expenses include:
- Routine rent or overhead expenses for artist’s housing, office or studio
- Personal debt repayment

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. Summer grant workshops have been scheduled as follows:

- Tuesday, June 6 at 6:00 PM
Motor House, 120 W. North Ave, 3rd floor, Baltimore 21201

- Monday, June 12 at 6:00 PM
Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Rd, Ellicott City 21043

- Monday, June 19 at 6:00 PM
Art Farm, 45 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21409

- Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 PM
Motor House, 120 W. North Ave, 3rd floor, Baltimore 21201

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Pre-Application Information:

There is a $25 application fee. This fee is waived if you are a current GBCA member as of June 1, 2017. Please contact GBCA 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.

The application portal will open on June 1, 2017 and have a deadline of July 31, 2017.

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

Sonja Cendak, Grants Program Manager
Phone: 410-230-0200

Submittable Customer Support
Phone: 855-467-8264, extension 3

Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA)
1800 N. Charles Street, Suite 810
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Geographic Focus:

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