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Creative Baltimore Fund - General Operating Support (GOS)

Grants to Baltimore, Maryland Arts and Cultural
Nonprofits for Core Operating Support

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA)

Deadline Date:

03/31/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Maryland established nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in the City of Baltimore to provide core funding support. Funding is intended to support organizations that are culturally or artistically vibrant and provide beneft to the public.

Grant funding is provided for Baltimore City nonprofit organizations that have:

- A primary mission to create, produce, present, or provide arts or cultural services for the public;
- A history of vibrant artistic or cultural programming; and
- Strong organizational capacity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180448

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations can receive up to $10,000 for general operating support.

Term of Contract:

All funded activities must occur during the grant period., between July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the GOS grant program, applicant organizations must meet each of the following criteria:

- Have a primary mission to provide programs or activities in areas directly concerned with arts or cultural heritage for the general public. BOPA defines arts and culture as including, but not limited to, literature, theater, music, dance, ballet, painting, sculpture, photography, motion pictures, architecture, archaeology, history, natural history, or the natural sciences.

- Have a permanent and viable base in Baltimore City for a minimum of three years prior to the submission deadline for the FY19 General Operating Support application.

- Be and have been a 501(c)(3) organization for at least three years or be a successor to an Arts or cultural organization that had been a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization for at least three years prior to the submission deadline. Organizations that utilize fiduciary organizations are eligible.

- Employ for a minimum of two years prior to the submission deadline at least one paid, professional artistic and/or administrative staff person working a minimum of 20 hours per week (or 1,040 hours per year) at or above the state-designated minimum wage. This staff person should receive an IRS Form W-2 from the applicant organization reporting wages and withheld taxes and should have approval from the applicant organization’s Board of Directors to sign for financial transactions and grant-related documents.

- Provide Independently Certified Audited Financial Statements for FY17 and FY18 if its annual budget is $500,000 or more; or provide either Independently Certified Audited or Reviewed Financial Statements for FY17 and FY18 if its annual budget is less than $500,000.

- Have a Certificate of Good Standing certifying that the applicant is a registered nonprofit corporation in good standing in the State of Maryland.

Who may not apply:

The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply to the GOS Program (this list is not meant to be exhaustive): units of government, including K‐12 school districts; public colleges and universities; libraries; individuals; organizations that are the primary responsibility of a government agency; private K‐12 schools; private libraries; organizations that are not in good standing with BOPA and/or not in compliance with previous grants. Additionally, organizational partners to artists receiving Project Support are not eligible for GOS funding in the same grant cycle.

Funding restrictions:

Creative Baltimore funds cannot be used for: religious ceremonies or events advancing or inhibiting a particular religious ideology; fundraising or advocacy of specific political causes or candidates; capital improvements (facilities and equipment); agent’s fees for programs contracted through commercial agencies; and travel outside of the United States.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline:
- Thursday, January 31, 2019 - Application Available online
- Sunday, March 31, 2019 - Application Deadline at 11:59 pm EST
- April 2019 - Panel Review
- Friday, May 31, 2019 – FY19 Final Reports Due
- June 2019 - Grant Awards Announced
- July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 – FY20 Grant Period

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

For questions:
Krista D. Green, Cultural Affairs Assistant Director

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: City of Baltimore