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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), on behalf of  the Mayor and the City of Baltimore, is excited to announce the  Creative Baltimore Grant for FY 2023. Through this grant opportunity,  BOPA grants funds to qualified artists and arts and cultural  organizations based in Baltimore City. The Creative Baltimore Fund is a  grant made annually by the City of Baltimore. The annual allocation from  the City’s general fund is administered by the Baltimore City Arts Council.

The Creative Baltimore has two primary grant programs:

  • General Operating Support (GOS)  provides core support for established arts or cultural organizations  that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant.
  • Mayor’s Individual Artist Award –  Project/ Practice Support (PS) provides support for artists individual  practice or program that promote public access and encourage the breadth  of arts and/or cultural programming in our community.

Key Dates:

Opens: July 29 2022

Closes: Sept 9  2022

Panel Review: Sept 12- Sept 30 2022

Award Notifications: Oct 3rd 2022

Final Report Oct 15th  2023

Creative Baltimore Fund Info Session

August 16th @ 3pm via Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting:


This document consists of the application guidelines and instructions for the GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT program for FY23.

General Operating Support (GOS) grants provide unrestricted, core support for Baltimore City-based 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    •a strong organizational capacity.   

Eligibility Criteria - Who May Apply 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 two years prior to the submission deadline for the FY22 General Operating Support application.

Be and have been a 501(c)(3) organization for at least two 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.

Provide Independently Certified Audited Financial Statements for FY20 and FY21 if its annual budget is $500,000 or more; or provide either Independently Certified Audited or Reviewed Financial Statements for FY20 and FY21 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.   


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.  


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


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.  Employees of BOPA are not eligible to apply for this grant. 

Ownership of Intellectual Property BOPA does not own, collect royalties on or hold copyrights to artistic products resulting from its grants, nor will it take any action on behalf of the grantee (cultural partner) to protect the grantee’s intellectual property rights. BOPA does, however, have legal authority to reproduce and use submitted documentation (electronically and in print) of such artistic products for educational, promotional, official or noncommercial purposes.   


For additional information on the General Operating Support FY23 application please contact: Jocquelyn Downs,  Arts Council Director, jdowns@promotionandarts.org.  

News, updates and technical assistance workshops will be posted on the BOPA website, Facebook page and Twitter feed, and distributed through BOPA’s email distribution list. Interested applicants are encouraged to sign up at www.promotionandarts.org to receive notifications.

Paper Applications

Paper applications can be mailed to:

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.