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

The 2019 Community Arts Grant is made possible by the generous support of the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development, and the City of Baltimore, Catherine E. Pugh, Mayor

Grant Timeline

  • Grant Information Session-1 on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230 from 6pm-8pm
  • Application Opens on: 1/31/19
  • Application Deadline: 3/31/19
  • Grant Award Notifications are announced in April, 2019
  • Project Completion Deadline: October 1, 2019

Project Eligibility

All projects must be publicly visible and accessible at no cost to the public.
Eligible projects: new mural art works (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 the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts are not eligible to apply.


Selection Criteria
Projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic Merit
    • Project must exhibit excellence in design and concept
    • Project must thoughtfully respond to the space in which it exists
  • Visual Impact / Visibility
    • Project must creatively redefine a public space, draws people into the community, and engages community residents
    • The project benefits the neighborhood by heightening the visibility of the community as a creative and vibrant place in which to live, work and/or do business
  • Appropriateness of Budget
    • Revenues and expenses must add up
    • Artists must be paid for their work.
  • Community Involvement and Impact
    • A full range of community residents must be involved and actively engaged in the proposed project
    • Applicants not representing the official community organization must provide a letter of support from the official community organization
  • Project Feasibility
    • Appropriate oversight and management must be evident to ensure a well-organized project and a positive benefit to the community
    • Clarity and feasibility of described project and stated goals
    • Permission from the property owner (Right Of Entry) must be attained to execute the project on the proposed site
    • The project plan and timeline must be realistic and on track for project completion by October 1,  2019
  • Quality and uniqueness of proposed project

Projects may require:

  • Right-of-Entry  (ROE) agreement with property owner
  • Equipment Rental Agreement
  • Right of Way (ROW) permit from DOT to close a side walk or curb lane
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Artist and Property Owner (site access schedule / time line)
  • Permit review
  • Environmental Review
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Budget for artist fee, supplies and installation expenses
  • Artist Design and install time schedule
  • Onsite Operations Manager
  • Local community outreach (Communities must have an opportunity to provide input/feedback on the project)


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.


Responsibilities of Prize Recipients

  • Prize money is disbursed on reimbursable basis in increments over the duration of the project. Winners 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.
  • Prize winners must submit periodic reports on the progress of the project.

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.


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 | [email protected]


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