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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts (BOPA) is proud to present the 2024 Free Fall Baltimore grant opportunity - a citywide celebration that offers hundreds of free arts & cultural events at participating venues throughout Baltimore City. Held in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, local venues, artists, and organizations showcase the importance of the arts with free concerts, dance and theater performances, festivals, lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, and special events. This program is made possible by the generous funding support of The Maryland State Arts Council.  

Prospective Applicants: 

Each year, BOPA provides grants to Baltimore City-based organizations and local venues/event spaces, with operating budgets under $300,000 to produce free cultural events in Baltimore City during October.  

Individual artists/creatives can apply for this grant if their event is also free and open to the public and located in a public space or Baltimore City-based venue.  

We also provide an opportunity for organizations with operating budgets over $300,000 to participate in Free Fall Baltimore by promoting their events and incorporating them into the Free Fall calendar.  


 

Grant Award: 

Grants will be given in the amount of $1,000 to all grantees. 

Note, a clear, detailed budget is required at the time of application submission. Applicants may not be awarded if the budget is not scored highly by the panel. BOPA understands that all applicants may not have access to sophisticated grant-writing or budget planning resources, so applicants who need help with budget planning can reach out to Twi McCallum, tmccallum@promotionandarts.org prior to the application deadline. 


 

To be eligible to participate in Free Fall Baltimore, your program must: 

  • Provide outreach and access to young adults, families and/or under-served audiences  
  • Be free of charge and open to the general public without contingencies  
  • If held inside of a building, your event must be accessible to those who may have physical hardship, such as those who use wheelchairs, walkers, and canes  
  • Occur in Baltimore City between October 1 - 31, 2024  


 

Application Timeline 

  • Application opens Wednesday, June 5, 2024 
  • UPDATE: The deadline has been extended to Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 11:59pmEST  
  • Grantees Notified and Contracted the week of August 5, 2024 (updated to accommodate the new deadline). 
  • Grantees should receive funding by the week of September 2, 2024 (100% of funding is dispersed to grantee when BOPA is in receipt fully executed grant agreement and additional required documents) 


 

Program Timeline 

  • Free Fall Baltimore programs occur: October 1– 31, 2024  
  • Final reports due: Monday, December 16, 2024  
  • Failure to submit a final report will deem you ineligible to apply for any BOPA grant within FY25-FY26, and BOPA may request that the grant be repaid  


 

Ineligible Expenses 

  • Regranting  
  • Capital construction costs  
  • Fellowships and/or scholarships  
  • Projects that exceed $1,000 with no proof of additional funding sources  


 

Free Fall Baltimore Virtual Office Hours

(No advanced registration required, click on the links at the time of the event to join) 

Application Help/Office Hours - Virtual 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 from 6:00pm-7:00pmEST  

Join via Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/vht-ffxw-ddx 

Application Help/Office Hours - Virtual 

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 from 6:00pm-7:00pmEST  

Join via Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/kpp-octb-ehm 

Application Help/Office Hours - Virtual 

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 from 6:00pm-7:00pmEST  

Join via Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/qoj-eedm-vhq 

Application Help/Office Hours - Virtual 

Saturday, June 29, 2024 from 12:00pm - 1:00pmEST  

Join via Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/pba-mqwk-qoe 

Application Help/Office Hours - Virtual 

Monday, July 1, 2024 from 6:00pm - 7:00pmEST  

Join via Google Meet: meet.google.com/txq-cjhm-xnn 

Application Help/Office Hours - Virtual

Friday, July 12, 2024 from 6:00pm-7:00pm

Join via Google Meet: meet.google.com/pui-vzni-jys 

 Application Help/Office Hours - Virtual

Monday, July 15, 2024 from 6:00pm-7:00pm

Join via Google Meet: meet.google.com/zgh-fbwk-hjw

*NOTE: Applicants may contact Twi McCallum to schedule one-on-one assistance aside from the above schedule, tmccallum@promotionandarts.org. If applicants have difficulty joining the Google Meets links above, please email Twi McCallum.  

Application: All applications must be submitted via Submittable, and the application is free of charge to all applicants. You may preview the application questions here. You may also view a sample budget here, to provide insight on what an ideal budget structure should look like, but you may create your own budget.  

Panel Review: All BOPA grant programs are adjudicated using independent panels of arts and culture professionals from the region who evaluate and score applications. Panelists are appointed through open nominations and serve for specific grant programs and cycles.  


 

Rubric: A panel review team will consider the following factors when scoring applications:  

  • Artistic and/or cultural and programmatic merit  
  • Accessibility to under-served communities and a wide range of audiences  
  • Programmatic quality  
  • Budget  


 

Staff: BOPA grant programs are administered by professional staff responsible for ensuring an objective, equitable and transparent grant-making process that meets BOPA’s mission and core values. BOPA staff members provide pertinent and uniform information to the public regarding the grant application process and ensure that program guidelines and requirements are applied consistently.  

Free Fall Baltimore grant application point of contact:  

Twi McCallum, Community Engagement Manager at BOPA  

tmccallum@promotionandarts.org 

Website: https://www.promotionandarts.org/free-fall-baltimore-grant/ 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.