Arts In Action Arts Education Grant

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is excited to announce Arts In Action Arts Education grant opportunities for teaching artists and nonprofit organizations with an arts education focus. Arts In Action grants support arts education projects/classes/workshops that take place in-school, after school, or in local community settings for the Spring semester of the 2021-2022 academic school year. Grants range from $1000 to $5,000. This grant is made possible by the generous support of the Maryland State Arts Council.


  • Classes/Workshops can support K-12 aged students, creative aging, and incarcerated/reentry populations.
  • Classes/Workshops may be delivered in-person or virtually due to the global health concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Applicant must provide at least 4 sequential, teaching sessions between the same teaching artist(s) and the same cohort of students/people.
  • Student cohorts must have a minimum of 6 students per session.
  • Applicant must provide stated learning goals, outcomes, and evaluation plan.
  • Class/Workshop spaces must be accessible to those with disabilities. Also, activities must be altered to meet the needs of the visually and hearing impaired upon appropriate notification of need.

Program Criteria - Grants are awarded via a merit‐based review process based upon the following criteria:

  • Programmatic quality is valued over participant quantity.
  • Artistic and/or Cultural and Programmatic Merit
  • Learning Outcomes & Evaluation
  • Student Benefit & Accessibility
  • Managerial & Fiscal Competence
  • Grants range from $1000 to $5,000

Applicant Requirements:

  • Individual/Teaching artists and/or non-profit organization must be based in Baltimore City.
  • School partners and non profit organizations must be located in Baltimore City.
  • Individual/Teaching artists and/or organizations must have at least 2 years of prior teaching experience and/or history of implementing workshops/ classes with youth.

Eligible Project Expenses:

  • Only direct artistic costs ( in person or virtually) and materials will be considered for funding.
  • Project must provide sequential, skills‐based study that incorporates one or more art forms, that is hands-on and participatory, and that involve at least 4 sessions between the same teaching artist(s) and the same group of students. Sessions may be in-person or virtual.
  • Materials/supplies costs
  • Artist fees

Ineligible Project Expenses:

  • Projects already partially or fully funded by schools/ partner organizations.
  • Fellowships and/or scholarships
  • Project income exceeding project expenses (below $100 or more than $5000)
  • Subsidizes entertainment costs (e.g. theater parties, gallery/museum openings, receptions)
  • Supports fundraising activities
  • Partners with a school that is private or parochial within Baltimore City, not recognized by BCPS
  • Is a standalone, single occurrence activity

Project Budget: Project budgets must be submitted as part of your application. Budgets should realistically reflect the costs of executing the projects/classes/workshops

Grant Timeline:

  • Applications Open: October 18, 2021
  • Application Closes: December 3, 2021
  • Applicants Notified Friday, December 17, 2021 (80% of funding received upon execution of agreement)
  • Final Reports are due Friday, June 17, 2022 (20% of funding received upon execution of agreement)
  • Staff, relatives, and board members of BOPA Inc are ineligible to apply for this grant.


  • Create an account with Submittable. It’s free.
  • Enter your contact information
  • Follow steps to upload your CV (or Resume)
  • Project description (various disciplines and workshops serving underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply)
  • Date(s) and location(s) of project
  • Letter of Support from partner organization/school/center
  • Program Goals/Outcomes
  • Budget

Click here for the Submittable application.


Info Session:
Wednesday, October 27, at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
For more information about this grant or for paper applications, please contact Jackie Downs at or Devin Shacklett at