Ends on October 7, 2018

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is excited to announce the return of MECU Neighborhood Event Grants for 2019!   

The MECU Neighborhood Event Grants program awards cash grants to Baltimore neighborhood associations and community-based non-profit organizations for the purpose of producing a free to the public special event. Thanks to the support of MECU, Baltimore’s credit union, eligible groups can receive up to $5,000 to produce an event for the community and residents they already serve. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis with award amounts determined by a committee. Proposed events must be publicly accessible at no cost to the public. 


ELIGIBILITY:

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization (or have a Fiscal Sponsor) and be based in Baltimore City. Proposed events must be accessible, free, open to the public and take place in Baltimore City between April 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Required materials include a completed application, tax exemption documentation, financial statement, and project budget that cannot exceed $5,000.


For more information, download the 2019 MECU Application FAQ's Guide and Budget Template at http://promotionandarts.org/grants/mecu-neighborhood-event-grants

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES:

  1. The event must be free, open to the public, and take place in Baltimore City between April 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019.
  2. An organization can only apply to produce one event or a series of a repeating event.
  3. The requesting organization must have at least 4 members (staff or regstered volunteers), and a bank account in the organization's name.
  4. Applicants must be designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. Applicants may also apply through a 501(c)(3) organization that is associated with the project that will serve as the Fiscal Agent.
  5. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and judged on criteria listed in this application. First time applicants are encouraged to apply. 
  6. Event budgets cannot exceed $5,000 dollars.
  7. All decisions are final; there is no appeal process. Applications are accepted in good faith.  Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore, Inc. (MECU), The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and the MECU Neighborhood Event Grants program shall be held harmless in the event of changes in the leadership or structure of organizations receiving grants. 


APPLICATIONS ARE JUDGED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

1. Clarity: Are the event objectives described clearly with clear connection to one of the three focus areas (education, arts and culture, and/or community development)?

2. Engagement:  Does the organization have an existing relationship within the community where the proposed event will take place? 

3. Budget: Is the entire event budget under $5000? Is the budget proposed accurate and detailed with realistic estimates? Did the organization use the budget template provided?  What is the organizations plan to raise additional funds, if necessary?   

4. Community Value: How does the event help to make Baltimore a vibrant, safer, stronger, and healthier city? Is the applicant partnering with other organizations/ businesses?

Additional: Organization Standing: If the organization is a past MECU Neighborhood Event Grants award recipient, was their Final Report Form accurately completed on time.


RESPONSIBILITIES OF GRANT RECIPIENTS:

  1. Accept no sponsor representing a financial business for the event (i.e. other credit unions, banks, etc.)
  2. Send a representative to the Mandatory Grant Recipient Workshop. If someone is not able to represent your organization, you forfeit your grant.
  3. Credit all promotional material with the MECU and BOPA logos and/or the following text: "Special thanks to MECU, Baltimore's Credit Union and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts for helping to make this eventpossible."
  4. Display the MECU Neighborhood Event Grant Banner at your event, provided by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts.
  5. Complete the Final Report Form by December 31, 2019. This form requires: a)Updated event budget with itemized expenditures and accompanying receipts; b) at least six JPEG formatted digital photographs documenting your event. One photo must include the MECU Neighborhood Event Banner. 


APPLICATION TIMELINE:

August 16, 2018 - Application Open

October 7, 2018 (midnight) - Application Deadline

November 30, 2018 - Notification Letters

January 26, 2019 - Mandatory Grant Recipient Workshop



For additional information, please contact Symone Audain, Special Events Coordinator at saudain@promotionandarts.org or (410) 752-8632. 


The MECU Neighborhood Event Grants program is supported by MECU: Baltimore's Credit Union and administered by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. Additional support is provided by the Baltimore City Department of Community Development.