Creative Baltimore Fund

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is now accepting grant applications for the 2016 Creative Baltimore Fund.  The grant program provides nearly $250,000 in funding to local individual artists and established non-profit cultural organizations. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, April 30, 2016.  The Creative Baltimore Fund is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

The Creative Baltimore Fund provides support to artists and cultural organizations through two grants.  Individual artists are invited to apply for the Mayor’s Individual Artist Award which provides project support for work that promotes public access and encouraging the breadth of arts and/or cultural programming in Baltimore City.  Additionally, the General Operating Support grant provides core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant.  Individual artists can receive up to $5,000 for project support; organizations can receive up to $10,000 for general operating support.  Grant awards will be announced in June 2016.


Grant Application Due:  Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 5:00pm
Application Review Period: Monday, May 16 through Friday, May 20, 2016
Grant Awards Announced: June 2016
Grant Period: Friday, July 1, 2016 through Friday, June 30, 2017

 The Creative Baltimore Fund is made possible through the support of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore City Council and helps art programs and projects come to fruition and continue to enhance the City of Baltimore.  The program is administered by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts which is the arts council for Baltimore City.  In addition, an independent panel reviews applications and selects grant recipients.

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 to receive notifications.

Submit your Creative Baltimore FY16 Final Report. Reminder: recipients of the Creative Baltimore Fund FY16, must complete a final report by May 31, 2016. 

Apply to the Creative Baltimore Fund: General Operating Support.
Apply to the Creative Baltimore Fund: Mayor’s Individual Artist Award - Project Support.

BOPA and the Creative Baltimore Fund

The 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 the Creative Baltimore Fund, BOPA grants funds to qualified artists, and arts and cultural organizations based in Baltimore City.

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.

Creative Baltimore Fund Advisory Panel

Casey Brent – Special Assistant to Deputy Chief Kaliope Parthemos,  Mayor's Office of Economic & Neighborhood Development 
Cheryl Casciani - Director of Neighborhood Sustainability, Baltimore Community Foundation
Damion J Cooper - Director, Office of Neighborhood and Constituent Relations
Nancy Gordon-Howard - Chief Operating Officer, Baltimore Development Corporation
Caroline Peri - Manager, Economic Development & Residential Outreach, Downtown Partnership 
Sam Rodgers - Executive Vice President, Visit Baltimore 

All BOPA grant programs are adjudicated using independent panels of arts and culture professionals from the region who evaluate and score applications. Panelists are appointed through open nominations and serve for specific grant programs and cycles. 

More Information

For additional information on the Creative Baltimore Fund please contact: Krista D. Green, Cultural Affairs Assistant Director,