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Grants are offered in four broad discipline categories—Performing Arts, Media Arts, Visual Arts, Literary Arts—and applications in each discipline category are accepted once per year. Artists may apply for grants of up to $10,000 to support the creation of new artwork over a 12-month period.

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Important documents to assist in preparing your application:

1. Grant Guidelines

2. Grant FAQ

3. Sample budget, timeline, and inventory list




Literary Arts and Visual Arts

Online application portal is open: APPLY HERE

Application deadline: July 31, 2018

If you are a current GBCA member, then you are eligible to apply without paying the application fee. Contact the grants manager at [email protected] (and let them know what category you will be applying in) to obtain the no-fee members link.



Attend a grant workshop to learn about the application process for a Rubys Artist Project Grant as well as learn about general grantwriting tips and strategies. The workshop lasts about an hour and will have ample opportunity for questions. Workshops are open to all and free to attend. RSVP here for any of the workshops listed below.

Monday, June 11, 2018

  • 6pm-7:30pm
  • @ the Motor House, 3rd Floor Conference Room (120 W. North Avenue, Baltimore 21201)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

  • 6pm-7:30pm
  • @ Howard County Arts Council (8510 High Ridge Rd, Ellicott City, 21043)

Monday, July 23, 2018

  • 6pm-7:30pm
  • @ the Motor House, 3rd Floor Conference Room (120 W. North Avenue, Baltimore 21201)

RSVP here

If you are interested in having the grants manager present a workshop to your group or at your next meeting, please email or phone Sonja Cendak (410-230-0200, [email protected]) to discuss.



To be eligible for a grant, an artist must be:
  • A resident of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, or Howard County both at the time of application and when the grant is awarded;
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident;
  • At least 21 years old;
  • An active practicing artist who has pursued their profession in their chosen discipline for more than three years.



A complete grant application consists of:

  • Proposal narrative
  • Project Timeline
  • Project Budget
  • Artist resume / bio / CV
  • Work sample inventory list
  • A selection of artwork samples (up to 10)

Download the -->2018 Rubys Grant Guidelines<-- for complete details on how to prepare your application.

When ready, go here to submit your application.



If you are a current GBCA member, email [email protected] to request the members' application link which allows you to apply without paying the $25 application fee.



Click below for sample templates of a project budget, timeline, and inventory list. These templates are intended as guides to assist when preparing the information to include in your appliction materials.



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The Rubys Artist Grants were conceived and initiated with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

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