MISSION: The Grit Fund (TGF) provides monetary awards–up to $7,000–to encourage the development and presentation of projects that contribute to the vibrancy and advancement of Baltimore’s arts and cultural landscape.
The Grit Fund is a project specific award that prioritizes artistic initiatives that present opportunities for artists, cultural organizers and community members to develop unexpected 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 age 21 and over are eligible to apply. Grit Fund projects must be based 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.
HISTORY: The Grit Fund was established in Baltimore in 2015 by The Contemporary (TC) with 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 three rounds of funding. In 2018 the Andy Warhol Foundation partnered with Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation to steward the Grit Fund through the 2019-2020 grant cycles.
APPLICATION OPEN: MONDAY, FEB. 4TH – SUNDAY, MARCH 31ST, 2019
INFORMATION SESSIONS: THE GRIT FUND APPLICATION TOOL KIT & WORK HOUR
SATURDAY, FEB. 16TH, 12pm-2pm & WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27TH, 6pm-8pm
SATURDAY, MAR. 16TH, 12pm-2pm & WEDNESDAY, MAR. 27TH, 6pm-8pm
To find out more information about the Grit Fund, including our program guidelines and eligibility, our application toolkit, FAQ’s, and more, please visit gritfund.org. If you have any questions please contact Program Manager Khadija Nia Adell at [email protected]. You can find us on social media @thegritfund.