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The Contemporary's GRIT FUND Info Sessions! $50,000 total!

The Grit Fund, administered by The Contemporary, supports unincorporated and collaborative artist-organized activity that contributes significantly to Baltimore's arts landscape but seldom qualifies for traditional funding. The fund provides 8-12 grants in amounts between $1,000–$6,000, totaling $50,000 annually. The Contemporary will lead four free information sessions to provide more details on the application process, guidelines, eligibility, funding priorities, and more. While attending an information session is encouraged, attendance is not required to apply for funding. No RSVP necessary. Since we are nomadic, the information sessions are being graciously hosted by the organizations listed below. Additional information, FAQs, and application details can be found here.

Information Sessions

The Contemporary will lead four free information sessions to provide more details on the application process, guidelines, eligibility, funding priorities, and more. While attending an info session is encouraged, attendance is not required to apply for funding. No RSVP necessary.

Application Guidelines

Overview

The Grit Fund supports unincorporated and collaborative artist-organized activity that contributes significantly to Baltimore's arts landscape but seldom qualifies for traditional funding. Established with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Grit Fund expands Warhol’s Regional Regranting Program to the Mid-Atlantic, encouraging projects that generate opportunities and create platforms for artists to engage with each other and with the public. Funded activities could include but are not limited to: exhibitions, publications, public events, public 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, administered by The Contemporary, provides 8-12 grants in amounts between $1,000–$6,000, totaling $50,000 annually. The Grit Fund will accept proposals from non-incorporated, artist-organized initiatives that work collaboratively and reside in Baltimore City or Baltimore County. Projects must take place in either Baltimore City or Baltimore County and be accessible to the general public. The Contemporary’s mission is inspired by three guiding principles: artists matter, collaboration is key, and audience is everywhere. In keeping with this mission, the Grit Fund values risk-taking, encourages collaboration, and seeks to expand points of access to contemporary art.

Grant Amounts

The Grit Fund will award 8–12 grants between $1,000 and $6,000.

Eligibility

  • Lead organizer must be a resident of Baltimore City or Baltimore County. The lead organizer is the primary contact during the application and granting process.
  • The majority of collaborators must be residents of Baltimore City or Baltimore County.
  • Lead organizer cannot be a student during time of application. Students may be listed as collaborators on projects provided they will graduate by the time projects commence.
  • Applicants may be a lead organizer on only one application but may be listed as a collaborator on multiple applications.
  • Resulting project activities must be accessible to Baltimore’s public and be presented in Baltimore City or Baltimore County.
  • Applications from 501c3 non-profit organizations will NOT be considered.
  • LLC’s are eligible if their primary purpose is not commercial and they are not a for-profit enterprise.

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