2019 Applications Open:
February 4 – March 31, 2019

How To Apply

We’re so glad that you’re applying for The Grit Fund! Thank you for taking the time to learn more. Below, we outline everything you’ll need to submit your strongest proposal.


See if your project is a good fit.


Review in-depth instructions and application forms.



Attend a Workshop Info Session to have questions answered.


Our application is open from February 4th through March 31st, 2019, send us your project!


Program Timeline

Application Open: February 4th, 2019 - March 31st, 2019

Application Review & Deliberation: April - May 2019

Grantee & Juror Announcement: May - June 2019

What types of projects and arts initiatives are eligible for the Grit Fund?

  • Projects that are initiated by individuals or collectives that currently reside in Baltimore City and/or Baltimore County;

  • Projects that utilize visual art as a means of engaging, activating, and sharing with their audience;

  • Collaborative projects led by visual and performing artists, cultural organizers, collectives, collaboratives, and/or artist-run spaces;

  • Projects that are open and accessible to the general public.

Please note: Past Grit Fund grantees may apply as lead applicants, but priority will be given to projects that have not previously received funding.

Funded activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Exhibitions: interactive, participatory, online, etc.;

  • Publications;

  • Public events, happenings, performances, and other public/place based arts;

  • Film screenings;

  • The ongoing work of an existing arts venue or collective;

  • The founding of a new arts venue or collective.

What types of projects are not eligible?

  • Projects that are not based in Baltimore City or Baltimore County;

  • Projects initiated or organized by existing incorporated entities (includes LLC’s B Corps, 501(C)(3) organizations, and 501(c)(4) organizations), universities or schools (private, public, charter), religious institutions;

  • Projects initiated or led by students currently enrolled in high school, college and/or university;

  • Projects proposed by lead applicants younger than 21 years old;

  • Projects seeking support retroactively or seeking reimbursement for a past project;

  • Proposals for funding to support a solo exhibition, travel costs, etc.

  • Projects proposed by an individual artist to present their own work;

  • Projects that do not have a public component.

Please note: Proposed projects that include collaborators who are under the age of 21 must have a lead applicant who is at least 21 years old.

Toolkit & Forms

This toolkit is your in-depth guide to the application process. It includes our Core Values, frequently asked questions (FAQs), a glossary of terms, a sample timeline and application, as well as our budget template needed to complete the Grit Fund application.


Workshop Info Sessions and Work Hour

These 2-hour sessions are dedicated to completing applicants' Project Narrative, Timeline, and Budget. We'll help applicants familiarize themselves with the Grit Fund and our application process. We'll review the parts of the application and the toolkit created to help you submit a strong proposal. The last hour of the session will be dedicated to open work hours and one-on-one meetings. Register here.

Applications Open Monday, Feb. 4th - Sunday, March 31st, 2019. You may schedule time from February through March, on Thursday’s & Friday’s, to talk by phone or in-person about your application.


If you have any questions please contact Program Manager Khadija Nia Adell at