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2017 Rubys Artist Project Grant FAQ

Hello artists!

The deadline to apply for a 2017 Rubys Artist Grant in Media Arts or Performing Arts is less than two weeks away! You have until 11:59pm on Tuesday, February 28 to submit your grant proposal. To speed along your application process, here are answers to the most frequently asked questions:

1. What is the grant timeline?

Approximately June 2017 through May 2018

2. I am a GBCA member. How do I apply without paying the application fee?

Email [email protected] with the category to which you want to apply (media arts or performing arts) to obtain the direct member's link.

3. I am a member, forgot to get the direct member's link, and I paid the application fee. What do I do?

Your membership will be automatically renewed for an additional year, or you can make the fee a donation to GBCA (tax write off!).

4. Where can I find templates for creating a budget, timeline, and work sample inventory list?

Templates can be downloaded here: Budget, Timeline, Inventory List

5. For the public component requirement, do I have to have a venue/event space booked and confirmed at the time of application?

Absolutely not. We ask that you simply provide some ideas of what your ideal public component would be should you get the grant.

6. Will I have a stronger application if my project (a) includes an art education component (b) is related to social justice or (c) is directly connected to Baltimore?

No. If any of these items are inherent to your art practice – great! However, the Rubys supports artistic projects of any content, background, or theme. Being authentic to your art practice makes for the strongest application.

7. May I email my grant proposal draft to the grants manager for feedback prior to submitting?

No emailed grant proposals will be reviewed. However, for the first time, the Rubys is hosting a drop-in application review session on Thursday, February 23 from 10am to 4pm at the Motor House (120 W. North Avenue, Baltimore 21201). You may come with a draft of your application for a quick review with the grants manager. This is a free offering and attendees will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. Be prepared with your top two or three questions. If there is a line, each applicant will be limited to up to 15 minutes of discussion.

8. Where can I find who has received a grant in past?

Go here to see the list of past grantees. Also listed are the names of previous jury panels.

9. When will I know if I got a grant?

All applicants will be notified of their status by May 2017.

10. When is the next grant cycle?

The next grant cycle opens for application on June 1, 2017 and will focus on the categories of Literary Arts and Visual Arts. Bookmark this page to stay posted on future announcements.

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