Ends on October 1, 2017

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is excited to announce the return of MECU Neighborhood Event Grants for 2018! Each year, the program awards cash grants to Baltimore neighborhood associations and community-based non-profit organizations for the purpose of strengthening neighborhoods through special events. Thanks to the support of MECU, Baltimore's Credit Union, eligible groups can receive up to $1,000 to produce an event for the community and residents they serve, such as art workshops, back-to-school rallies, block parties, book drives, food drives, health fairs, farmers' markets, and neighborhood clean-ups. 

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, 2018 - December 31, 2018. 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 please download the MECU Application FAQs guide at http://promotionandarts.org/grants/mecu-neighborhood-event-grants

The budget template can also be found at the above web address. 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES:

  1. The event must be free, open to the public, and take place in Baltimore City between April 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018.
  2. An organization can only apply to produce one event; however, the event can be a series (i.e. Friday Night Movie Series in the month of August).
  3. The requesting organization must have at least 4 members and a bank account in the organization's name.
  4. Applicants must be designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. If this is not the case, applicants can apply through a 501(c)(3) organization that is associated with the project that will be 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? Is the budget and personnel adequate to accomplish the event objectives?
2. 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? How does the organization intend to raise funds to cover the difference? Can the event still take place if not awarded a grant? *Keep in mind the maximum that a recipient may be granted is $1000.
3. Value: How does the event benefit the community? Can this event be duplicated in the future without significant financial assistance?
4. Community: How does the event help to make Baltimore a vibrant, safer, stronger, and healthier city? Is the applicant partnering with other organizations/ businesses?
5. 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 will not be awarded 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 event possible."

    4. Display the MECU Neighborhood Event Grant Banner at your event.

    5. Complete the Final Report Form by December 31, 2018. 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:

    October 1, 2017 - Application Deadline
    November 10, 2017 - Notification Letters
    January 27, 2018 - 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. 
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