The Grit Fund (TGF) provides monetary awards—up to $7,000—to encourage the presentation and development of projects that contribute to the vibrancy and development of Baltimore’s arts and cultural landscape.
The Grit Fund recognizes there are many structural barriers preventing independent artists, and arts-based cultural organizers, from accessing traditional funding that can advance their work and benefit their communities. TGF prioritizes artistic initiatives that present opportunities for artists, cultural workers and community members to develop collaborations that investigate place and space. We accept proposals from unincorporated artist-led initiatives that utilize the visual arts as a means to produce collaborative public facing projects.
Baltimore based artists are eligible to apply. Grit Fund projects must take place in Baltimore City or County and be accessible to the general public. Funded activities may include but are not limited to: exhibitions, publications, public events, public/place based art, film screenings, the ongoing work of an existing arts venue or collective, and the founding of a new arts venue or collective.
The Grit Fund was established in Baltimore in 2015 by The Contemporary (TC) with generous funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, as a part of the Regional Regranting Program—which “aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country.” Under the stewardship of The Contemporary (2015-2017), the Grit Fund granted over 30 Baltimore specific, artist-organized projects, totaling over $170,000.
In 2018, Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation partnered with the Andy Warhol Foundation to steward the Grit Fund through the 2019-2020 grant cycles.
The Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO) is a non-profit organization that was established in 2012 to create working spaces for Baltimore’s growing community of artists, performers, makers and artisans.
To rebuild Baltimore neighborhoods by transforming underutilized real estate into attractive and affordable spaces for creative people and organizations.
We seek to support Baltimore’s artists and creative innovators by providing access to affordable artist studios and workspaces and seek to intentionally create working environments that welcome artists across lines of difference.
We envision a Baltimore where artists are able to work and thrive and are working toward removing structural barriers that prohibit them from doing so.
Cultural Equity and Inclusion: we believe that the cultural sector should be viewed equally as other sectors. We work with organizations, people, and communities across all lines of difference to make our spaces reflective of the communities we live and serve in.
Community and Collaboration: we strive for strong, authentic partnerships with key stakeholders including our tenants, members, neighbors, and communities.
Creativity: we value finding new and imaginative ways to do our work
The Andy Warhol Foundation
for the Visual Arts
In accordance with Andy Warhol’s will, the mission of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is the advancement of the visual arts.
The Foundation manages an innovative and flexible grants program while also preserving Warhol’s legacy through creative and responsible licensing policies and extensive scholarly research for ongoing catalogue raisonne projects. To date, the Foundation has given over $200 million in cash grants to over 1,000 arts organizations in 49 states and abroad and has donated 52,786 works of art to 322 institutions worldwide.
About the Regional Regranting Program
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Program aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The program allows the Foundation to reach the sizable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives and to support their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events and other projects. The Foundation plans to expand this program with partner organizations in areas where the level of on-the-ground, self-organized artistic activity is highest.
The fourteen re-granting programs, developed and facilitated by organizations in Albuquerque, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Portland (ME), San Francisco, Cleveland, and Colorado provide grants of up to $10,000 for the creation and public presentation of new work. Together the programs have funded nearly 800 projects over eleven years.