• Donna Ibale

Baltimore County Opens Emergency Relief Grants Program

A $100,000 fund to help professional artists, musicians, writers and performers who have lost income and jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are being accepted starting Monday, May 11. These $1,000 one-time grants are intended to help stabilize Baltimore County’s individual professional artists. Grants can be used to cover lost income and a range of artistic expenses. Apply here.

via https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/commartssciences/individualgrants.html

Use of Funds

Artists can use funds to offset financial losses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic including, but not limited to:

  • Financial losses due to cancelled events:

  • Performances, exhibitions and events in all artistic disciplines

  • Readings, panels and speaking opportunities

  • Travel expenses related to creative work paid for by the Grantee:

  • Attending conferences and convenings that have been cancelled

  • Artist residencies

  • Touring

  • Loss of income for a teaching artist who could not teach because of cancelled classes and school closures

  • Loss of supplemental income for artists working full- or part-time other jobs to support their creative practices


Artists can apply for $1,000 in grant money. Each artist is entitled to one application. To apply, artists must:

  • Be over the age of 18

  • Have incurred losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Have been a County resident for at least one year

  • Provide a copy of a utility bill (power, gas, cable, phone or water-sewer) to show proof of County residence

  • Have a strong artistic portfolio

  • Not be in default on any loan from the County

  • Not be delinquent on any taxes due to the County

How to Apply

The application will be available online only on Monday, May 11, at 9 a.m.

Important Note: Applicants need to ensure the accuracy of their W-9 when completing their application. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application may preclude you from being awarded grant funds from this program.

Review and Approval

We welcome applications from all artists living in Baltimore County, but will prioritize lower income (approximately $37,500, based on 300 percent of 2019 federal poverty level) artists. Any applicant making over $37,500 will be evaluated with the final round on June 15, at which point any remaining funds will be distributed to qualified applicants in the order the applications were received and until funds are depleted.

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Donna Ibale, Executive Director


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