Ends on July 29, 2019


For the first-time, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) has aligned two of its marquee events, Light City and the Baltimore Book Festival, into a unique, one-of-a-kind event taking place from November 1-10, 2019.   Celebrating the theme, Brilliant Baltimore, these two world-class festivals will unite light art and literature into an illuminating experience for all.

The Neighborhood Lights program began in 2016, with a mission of spreading the magic of the inaugural Light City beyond Baltimore's waterfront and into its communities.  This special tradition continues in 2019, with eight branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library presenting light art, literature, music, STEAM activities and delicious food on different nights during the festival.  In addition, new for this year's Brilliant Baltimore campaign, BOPA is pleased to announce its Neighborhood Lights Community Grants,  with supporting sponsor T. Rowe Price.

BOPA invites non profit organizations and associations to submit proposals for Neighborhood Lights events, projects and/or activations as a feature of Light City/Baltimore Book Festival. Proposals must include an illuminated, community-focused art installation and/or events and performances with illuminated components.  The possibilities for Neighborhood Lights projects are as unlimited as your community's collective imagination and creative ideas! Neighborhood Lights proposals should be exciting, engaging, unique and celebrate one or more of these four artistic pillars: visual arts, literary arts, culinary arts and/or performing arts. 

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, BOPA will award ten neighborhoods a grant of $5,000 each to create their Neighborhood Lights project.  How will your community make Baltimore shine?


You may apply to Neighborhood Lights if you are a community non profit 501 (c)(3) organization based and operating in Baltimore City.  Your should have an existing, positive relationship with the community/neighborhood that will host the project. If you are not a 501(c)(3) organization, you may partner with an organization that has that IRS designation. 

Guidelines & Criteria: 

1. The event must be free, accessible, open to the public, and take place in Baltimore City between November 1-10, 2019.

2. A non profit organization can apply to produce one event, activation or art installation; a series of a repeating events; or a multi-day celebration.

3. The requesting organization must have a bank account in the organization's name, and be able to accept ACH payments.

4. Applications are reviewed by a jury. 

5. All decisions of that jury are final; there is no appeal process. Applications are accepted in good faith. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts shall be held harmless in the event of changes in the leadership or structure of organizations receiving grants. 

6. Communities are responsible for obtaining all the necessary permits, security, staffing, City services, insurance, etc., needed for executing a successful event.  BOPA does not provide event support as a part of this program.

7. Community events/activations/art installations must bring value to the community and align with the mission and focus of Light City. 

8. Recipients will receive a Brilliant Baltimore brand guide to use when promoting and marketing their neighborhood event.  BOPA will provide communications and marketing support for Neighborhood Lights participants through our website and social media channels.

6. Recipients must submit a media data sheet, provided by BOPA, which includes confirmed details of your Neighborhood Lights project.  Upon receipt of this data sheet, 75% of the grant will be awarded.

7. Recipients must submit a final report to include itemized receipts, details and survey data  upon conclusion of Neighborhood Lights.  Upon receipt of this final report, the final 25% of the grant will be awarded.

8. Questions? We're here to help - call us!  Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts: 410-752-8632


Application Opens; June 25, 2019

Deadline to Apply: July 29, 2019

Grants Awarded: mid-to-late August, 2019

Media Data Sheets Due: no later than September 30, 2019

Final Reports Due: no later that December 2, 2019