Baltimore City Artist Recovery Grant (ARG)

Baltimore City Artist Recovery Grant Award (ARG), administered by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) on behalf of the city, supports Individual Artists impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Baltimore City, a recipient of federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), requested proposals to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic’s negative impacts on the City and citizens of Baltimore City.

As the City's Arts Council, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts will serve as the fiducial agent of ARPA for individual artists in Baltimore City. Baltimore City approved a grant of $500,000 to fund the Baltimore City Artist Recovery Grant, or ARG. The ARG will provide direct economic relief by providing grants to individual professional artists whose lives and livelihoods were demonstrably impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.  BOPA will engage the members of the Baltimore arts community to assist in local outreach and grant evaluation efforts, in collaboration with arts and cultural leaders as well as individual working artists within Baltimore City.

The City aims to provide grant funding to support individual professional artists that were in practice at the onset of the pandemic and who were impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The ARG is open to individual artists at least 18 years old, living in the City of Baltimore. Funds will be administered based on need to artists/creatives that have a demonstrated high need of support.

Grant Timeline
January 2022
 - Applications Open
March 2022 - Applications Close
April 2022 - Panel Review Process
June 2022 - Grantees Notified
May - July 2022- Grants Awarded

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Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply for this grant?

A qualifying artist is defined as any individual, 18 years or older, who can demonstrate having an art practice (any discipline) prior to March of 2020. Applicants must also reside in Baltimore City.

I live in Baltimore County but most of my work is in Baltimore City, can I still apply?
No, this grant is for Baltimore City residents only. If you have been displaced as a result of the pandemic and have recently moved back to Baltimore City, you will be able to note that on your application.

How will funds be distributed?
An active bank account is required to receive one of these grants. If you do not have one, information will be provided to assist you in opening a bank account.

When will grant applications be available?
Applications will be available January 2022.

I still have questions. Is there someone I can speak to?
Yes, please reach out to, if you have additional questions.