The Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts (BOPA) is the Arts Council for the City of Baltimore. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it produces festivals, special events and promotions for Baltimore City, and supports the community through arts and cultural activities, advocacy and support, and develops and administers funds, grant programs and community workshops. Through Creative Baltimore, BOPA grants funds to qualified artists, and arts and cultural organizations based in Baltimore City.

 Mission, Vision & Values

 BOPA strives to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city by:
 •Producing high-quality special events, festivals and arts programming that stimulate communities economically, artistically and culturally.
 •Inspiring and promoting literary, performing and visual arts, and artists.
 •Celebrating Baltimore's rich, diverse heritage while enhancing the quality of life and sense of community for all residents.
 •Forging partnerships that make Baltimore a premiere visitor destination.
 •Managing cultural and historic attractions.
 •Generating positive local, national and international publicity about Baltimore.
Creative Baltimore Fund Overview
Creative Baltimore has two primary grant programs:
Mayor’s Individual Artist Award – Project Support (PS) provides support for arts or cultural programs that promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and/or cultural programming in our community.

General Operating Support (GOS) provides core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant.

This document consists of the application guidelines and instructions for the General Operating Support program for FY21.

Panels
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.

Staff
BOPA grant programs are administered by professional staff responsible for ensuring an objective, equitable and transparent grantmaking 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.

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.

 Questions
 For additional information on the General Operating Support FY21 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.
 

General Operating Support Basics
Background
 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.

General Operating Support Timeline
 February 28, 2020 - Application Available
June 1st , 2020 - Application Deadline at 11:59 pm EST
 May 2020 - Panel Review
 June 2020 - Grant Awards Announced
 July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 - Grant Period; All funded activities must occur during the grant period.

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 three years prior to the submission deadline for the FY21 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 FY18 and FY19 if its annual budget is $500,000 or more; or provide either Independently Certified Audited or Reviewed Financial Statements for FY18 and FY19 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.

 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts (BOPA) is the Arts Council for the City of Baltimore. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it produces festivals, special events and promotions for Baltimore City, and supports the community through arts and cultural activities, advocacy and support, and develops and administers funds, grant programs and community workshops. Through Creative Baltimore, BOPA grants funds to qualified artists, and arts and cultural organizations based in Baltimore City.

 BOPA strives to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city by:
 •Producing high-quality special events, festivals and arts programming that stimulate communities economically, artistically and culturally.
 •Inspiring and promoting literary, performing and visual arts, and artists.
 •Celebrating Baltimore's rich, diverse heritage while enhancing the quality of life and sense of community for all residents.
 •Forging partnerships that make Baltimore a premiere visitor destination.
 •Managing cultural and historic attractions.
 •Generating positive local, national and international publicity about Baltimore.
Creative Baltimore Fund Overview
Creative Baltimore has two primary grant programs:
Mayor’s Individual Artist Project Support (PS) provides project support for arts or cultural programs that promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and/or cultural programming in our community.

 General Operating Support (GOS) provides core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant. 


This application is for Individual Artist Project Support.
All BOPA grant programs are adjudicated using independent panels of arts and culture professionals from the region who evaluate and score application. Panelists are appointed through open nominations and serve for specific grant programs and cycles.

Staff
BOPA grant programs are administered by professional staff responsible for ensuring an objective, equitable and transparent grantmaking 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.

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.

Questions
For additional information on the Mayor’s Individual Artist Project Support FY21 grant application please contact: Jocquelyn Downs,  Arts Council Director, jdowns@promotionandarts.org, 410-752-8632.

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.
 

Individual Artist Project Support Basics
BackgroundThe purpose of BOPA’s Creative Baltimore Fund Individual Artist Project Support grant program is to promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and/or cultural programming in our community by supporting Baltimore City-based projects. Projects are intended to promote interest and provide accessibility to arts and culture throughout Baltimore’s diverse neighborhoods. We encourage artists and partner organizations to be inventive, and propose arts and cultural experiences that have lasting community impact. Projects should promote active community participation and a process of discovery in art and culture. The Mayor’s Individual Artist Project Support grant will award up to $5,000 to and individual artist.

Grant applications are adjudicated through a public panel review process. In FY21, the grant period will be July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.
Grant requests up to and including $5,000 for Individual Artist(s) and partner 501c3 organizations based in Baltimore City.
Application consists of 8 narrative questions, budget and support materials.


Individual Artist Project Support Timeline
February 28, 2020 - Application Available
June 1 2020 - Application Deadline at 11:59 pm EST
June 2020 - Panel Review
July 2020 - Grant Awards Announced
July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 - Grant Period; All funded activities must occur during the grant period.  

 Eligibility Criteria - Who May Apply
To be eligible for the FY21 Project Support grant program, applicant individuals and organizations must meet each of the following criteria:

 • Individual and/or groups of practicing professional artists 18 years of age or older organizing projects in Baltimore City with experience or background that demonstrates their ability to administer a community arts project. Employees of BOPA are not eligible.
 •Partner Organizations must be a nonprofit, tax exempt organization with a 501c3 determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service.
 •Have a Certificate of Good Standing certifying that the applicant is a registered nonprofit corporation, in good standing, in the State of Maryland.
 • Have a permanent and viable base of operations in Baltimore City for at least one year prior to the grant application deadline.
 • Have produced or presented arts / cultural program(s) open to the public within the previous two years prior to the grant application deadline.
 • Provide the required financial documentation.


Who May NOT Apply
 The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply to the FY18 Project Support grant program (this list is not meant to be exhaustive): units of government; religious institutions without a separate 501c3 organization that specifically administers non-sectarian public programming; organizations that are not in good standing with BOPA and/or in compliance with previous grants. Additionally, organizations receiving a General Operating Support grant from BOPA are NOT eligible to receive Project Support funding in the same grant cycle.

Funding Restrictions
BOPA 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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENT CHECKLIST

The following materials are required and should be submitted with the completed application. Fields to upload each document are provided. Please submit your documents in PDF.

Individual Artist Resume
Individual Artist List of Work
Project Budget
Most current audited financial statement for the partner organization, or IRS 990N
Copy of 501 (C) (3) tax exemption determination letter
Copy of Maryland Certificate of Good Standing

 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts (BOPA) is the Arts Council for the City of Baltimore.
Through the Creative Baltimore Fund, BOPA grants funds to qualified artists, and arts and cultural organizations based in Baltimore City. This final report is for Creative Baltimore's two grant programs:


Mayor’s Individual Artist Award - Project Support (PS) -  provides support for arts or cultural programs that promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and/or cultural programming in our community. 


General Operating Support (GOS) - provides core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant.


Your completion of the final report below is important to us. The documentation and feedback that it provides is invaluable.The final installment of your grant award will be issued, after your complete final report has been received. Final reports must be received by Monday, June 01, 2020.

The Community Arts Grant awards funding to Baltimore City artists and neighborhoods who work together to creatively re-imagine and enliven public spaces through new, exterior wall mural art projects.  The Artist-neighborhood collaborative projects must be free and open to the public and exist in outdoor, publicly accessible space.

The 2020 Community Arts Grant is made possible by the generous support of the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development, The Maryland State Arts Council, and the City of Baltimore, Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Mayor


Grant Applicants: Working together, artists and community groups design and propose an exterior wall mural art concept for their community. They submit their proposals for the chance to win a grant to help fund their project. Artists and communities are encouraged to submit exciting art design concepts that represent the distinct character and quality of a local community, with consideration to local cultural heritage and diversity. Projects must employ community engagement in the creative process. Projects must be openly accessible, free of charge.


Selection Process: Once proposals are received, an independent panel of arts, culture, and community and development leaders and BOPA staff vote for the winning proposals. If selected, prize winning communities work with support from the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts to realize their project concept.

Selection Criteria: Quality of application, Feasibility of proposal, Qualifications of artist, Realistic budget and time line, Project Management plan, Appropriateness of art concept design, Impact & visibility of the project, Project located within Baltimore City limits, Community Engagement Plan 

Project must be completed by December 1, 2020   

Grant Timeline

  • Application Opens on: 4/27/20
  • Application Deadline: 6/01/20
  • Grant Award Notifications are announced in July, 2020
  • Project Completion Deadline: December 1, 2020
     

Project Eligibility 

All projects must be installed on an exterior wall in Baltimore City, publicly visible and accessible at no cost to the public. Mural restorations are not eligible for funding.

 

Applicant Eligibility
This grant program is open to Baltimore City neighborhood and community-based organizations that partner with artists, artist teams, designers, design teams, or arts organizations. 

  • The lead applicant must be designated by the IRS as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. If this is not the case, applicants can apply through a 501(c)3 organization that agrees to act as the fiscal agent.
  • Employees of DHCD and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts are not eligible to apply.
     

Project Budget:

Project budgets must be submitted as part of your application. Budgets should realistically reflect the costs of executing the project. Eligible project expenses are: material supplies costs, artist fees, installation costs. Matching funds are not required for this grant, however, if the project budget exceeds the total award amount requested, the source of additional funding must be made clear in the proposed project budget. 

An organizational operating budget for the most recently completed fiscal year must be submitted for the lead applicant organization.

Project budget must be limited to the following expenses:

Artist Fee, Material Supplies, Installation Costs

The Grantee is responsible for any other expenses.


Review Process

Applications will be evaluated by an independent panel of jurors comprised of regional arts, culture and community development leaders, local residents and stakeholders. Once jury recommendations are made, projects undergo environmental review for final approval.


Grant Award:

The 2020 Community Arts Grant funds awards up to $15,000.00


Responsibilities of Grant Recipients

  • Grant money is disbursed on reimbursable basis in increments over the duration of the project.  Grantees are responsible for retaining all receipts, and must adhere to their approved budget limits, and expense categories: Artist Fee, Material Supplies Costs, and Installation Costs. Expenses that fall outside of Artist Fee, Material Supplies Costs, and Installation Costs are not reimbursable. Sales tax will not be reimbursed. Documentation of, and receipts for expenses related to: material supplies, artist fees, and installation costs must accompany a closing budget, final report and photographic evidence of completed mural work.
  • Grantees must submit periodic reports on the progress of the project. 


Payments: Funds will be distributed electronically to qualified neighborhood associations and community based non-profit groups for the purpose of strengthening neighborhoods through major art projects. Payments are released once obligations are met. This grant funds awards up to $15,000 to design & install an exterior wall mural by 12/1/20. Receipts, invoices are required to receive reimbursements. 


Contact

The Community Arts Grant is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.
For more information on this program or for technical assistance, contact:
Chris Brooks | 410.752.8632 | cbrooks@promotionandarts.org

 

Community Arts Grants:

  • support communities and artists working together in a collaborative way 
  • support the creation of temporary public art projects on highly visible sites
  • support the active engagement of local community residents in the project design
  • support the creation of art on outdoor, publicly accessible spaces, free and open to the public

 

 

 

 


 


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