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Rubys Artist Grants


The Rubys were established in 2013 to provide project-based support for individual artists. The goal of the program is to provide meaningful support to individual artists to allow for the creation of new work. The Rubys supports the notion of risk-taking (in practice, content, process, and/or outcome) and equally values artistic integrity, strong ideas, feasibility, and communal meaning. The program is open to artists at any stage of their career and favors projects that have significant creative work left to accomplish.

NEW UPDATES for 2020!

The maximum request amount has been raised to $15,000.

Eligibility is now focused on artists living in Baltimore City and Baltimore County only.

This year, the public component requirement is optional, due to the health crisis and uncertainty of public gathering limits.

The project description of the application has been lengthened to 2 pages maximum.

Eligible budget expenses have been expanded to include personal overhead needs. Closely read the budget instructions for details.


Application link will open on July 1, 2020

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Grant at a Glance

Artists may apply for grants of up to $15,000 to be applied to a project over a 12-month period. Artists may submit only one application during each funding round. Grants may be used to support projects that are already in process, a project not yet begun, or a distinct phase of a longer-term project.

Artistic Categories


Includes but is not limited to: nonfiction; fiction; poetry; graphic novels; cross-disciplinary; experimental/emerging fields.


Includes but is not limited to: film; audio and video projects; animation; computer graphics; sound art; digital arts; screenplay; teleplay; cross-disciplinary; experimental/emerging fields.


Includes but is not limited to: dance; music; theater; musical theater; opera; puppetry; performance art; playwriting; spoken word; storytelling; traditional/folk art; cross-disciplinary; experimental/emerging fields.


Includes but is not limited to: painting; photography; sculpture; works on paper; craft; installation; traditional/folk art; cross-disciplinary; experimental/emerging fields.


At the time of application, an artist must:

Be a resident of Baltimore City or Baltimore County.

Have a valid U.S. tax identification number

Be at least 21 years old

Be a practicing artist: Those who have actively and continually pursued their profession in this discipline for more than three years (as evidenced on your resume with application)

Past Rubys grantees are eligible to apply again two years after completion of their original grant cycle. Completion includes satisfactory submission of a final report and presentation of a public component.

Artist duos or groups may apply together.

The following are not eligible for grants from this program:


Full-time or part-time students in a degree-earning program

A current board member, committee member, staff, contractor, fellow, or consultant for the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, or their immediate family members


For questions, please email us at [email protected]


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