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Apply to receive a Planning Grant up to $5,000.


  • Applications open on Monday, March 26, 2018

  • Applications close on Sunday, April 29 at 11:59pm

  • Community Art Grant projects must be completed by December 31, 2018

All projects must be free and open to the public and exist in outdoor, publicly accessible space.



The Planning Grant provides financial support and guidance for artists & community organizations to work collaboratively in the planning of a community based public art or creative placemaking project. In submitting a proposal for review, proposals should outline the project goals and desired outcome, and include an outline for a community/artist driven design process. Proposals should include a budget and timeline for the design and planning process and describe a project location which can be described as a general geographic area, a specific lot or park within a community or an exact location or intersection. Planning grants are made available to support communities and artists working through the community design process and gaining the appropriate technical review and permissions to install new artworks.

The 2018 Community Art Planning Grant is open to applicants from all areas of Baltimore City. The 2018 Community Art Planning Grant is made possible by the generous support of the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development, Baltimore Local Development Council, Casino Local Impact Grant funds provided by the City of Baltimore, Catherine Pugh, Mayor.


Project Eligibility

All projects must be publicly visible and accessible at no cost to the public.
Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Public art projects that are large in scale or in multiples including 2D visual art such as murals and 3D visual art such as sculptures
  • Performance art projects including music, dance, theatre and parades
  • New media art forms including projection mapping, lighting, and soundscapes


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/performance must exhibit excellence in design and concept
    • Project/performance must thoughtfully respond to the space in which it exists
  • Visual Impact / Visibility
    • Project/performance must creatively redefine a public space by creating “destination” art that both draws people into the community and engages community residents
    • The project/performance must benefit 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
    • Necessary materials, equipment, fabrication, installation and coordination costs are realistically reflected within the budget
  • 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 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 December 31, 2018

  • Quality and uniqueness of proposed project


Projects may require:

  • Right-of-Entry agreement with property owner

  • Property Surveying

  • Equipment Rental Agreement

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Artist and Property Owner (site access schedule / time line)

  • Engineer’s review

  • Permit review

  • Environmental Review

  • Certificate of Insurance

  • Budget for design process expenses

  • Artist Design time schedule

  • Onsite Operations Manager and Personnel 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. 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 adhering to their proposed budgets. Sales tax will not be reimbursed.

  • Prize winners must submit periodic reports on the progress of the project. 

  • The project proposal must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Project budgets must be submitted as part of your application. Budgets should realistically reflect the costs of executing the project. 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. Eligible project expenses include but are not limited to: materials costs, artist fees, installation costs, equipment rentals, promotional materials, administrative costs (can include project coordinator).

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

Technical Support
Interested applicants seeking technical assistance in developing project ideas, as well as connecting artists with organizations that might be appropriate for your proposed project should contact Chris Brooks at:


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


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