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, addresses the needs of the
arts 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
Creative Baltimore Fund Overview
Creative Baltimore has two primary grant programs:
Mayor’s Individual Artist Award 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
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.
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.
For additional information on the Mayor’s Individual Artist Award - Project
Support FY19 grant application please contact:
Krista D. Green, Cultural Affairs Assistant Director, email@example.com,
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 Award - Project Support
The purpose of BOPA’s Creative Baltimore Fund Individual Artist Project Award
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
The Mayor’s Individual
Artist Project Award will give up to $5,000 to individual artists for project
Winners of the Mayor’s Award recipients will showcase the results of
their work at a public presentation.
Grant applications are adjudicated through a public panel review process. In FY19,
the grant period will be July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.
• 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
Individual Artist Project Support Timeline
January 01, 2018 - Application Available
March 31, 2018 - Application Deadline at 11:59 pm EST
April 2018 - Panel Review
June 2018 - Grant Awards Announced
July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 - Grant Period; All funded activities must occur
during the grant period.
Eligibility Criteria - Who May Apply
To be eligible for the FY19 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
• 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
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.
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.
Partner Organizations are encouraged to participate in the Maryland Cultural
Data Project (Maryland CDP). The Maryland CDP is a standardized online system
for collecting historical financial and organizational data for grant
applications to participating funders. It was designed to provide an easier
application process for potential grantees through the development of a standardized
form for financial and organizational data that will accompany grant requests
to the partnering funders. Applicants will only need to complete this form once
each year. New applicants must provide two years of data. Please visit MD
After completing the application’s contact information form, you will be asked
to answer a series of questions and asked to provide supporting documents. The details
for each of these sections are listed below.
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.
Artist List of Work
Most current audited financial
statement for the organization, or IRS 990N
Copy of 501 (C) (3) tax exemption
Copy of Maryland Certificate of Good