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Applications for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts’ (BOPA) Creative Baltimore Fund are now open. 

Through the Creative Baltimore Fund, individual artists and Baltimore-based arts and cultural organizations can receive funding for projects that benefit the Baltimore community.

“Baltimore’s creative community contributes to the beauty and vibrancy of our City and BOPA is grateful for the opportunity to assist the City in supporting our creative community,” BOPA CEO Donna Drew Sawyer said in a statement. “These grant funds support organizations and individuals that are doing this important work in community-driven and innovative ways.”

The fund is split into two grant opportunities: General Operating Support and the Mayor’s Individual Artist Award.

Arts and cultural organizations are encouraged to apply for the General Operating Support (GOS) grant, which provides “core support” for day-to-day operations of organizations that “benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant.” Eligible organizations can apply for up to $10,000 under the GOS grant.

Fifty organizations received GOS grants for Fiscal Year 2022, according to BOPA’s website.

Individual artists seeking support for programs that “promote public access & encourage the full range of arts and/or cultural programming in our community” are eligible to apply to the Mayor’s Individual Artist Award. Of the applicants, ten winners will be chosen to receive $2,500 each.

Applications opened on Friday, July 29, and will close on Friday, Sept. 9.

BOPA will host a Creative Fund Baltimore information session over Zoom on Friday, Aug. 12. To register, interested applicants can visit BOPA’s website.

Once all applications have been submitted, they will be evaluated by a panel of regional arts & culture professionals. The evaluation period will last from Sept. 12-30. 

“All of BOPA’s grants are made through a community grant-making process, in which members of the community review and select the grant recipients,” Sawyer said.

Applicants can expect to be notified of any awards by Oct. 3.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a statement from BOPA CEO Donna Drew Sawyer.

Liv Barry

Liv Barry is Baltimore Fishbowl's 2022 summer reporting intern. Barry is rising junior at Washington College, where she is majoring in communication and media studies and double minoring in journalism,...