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Emergency Grant

Emergency Grant


In response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has created special grant opportunities that provide emergency funding to arts organizations and artists in Maryland as they adjust to losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled.


Recognizing that the extraordinary demand for State and Federal resources is resulting in application delays and increased wait times for responses, the Council and the Secretary of Commerce have approved changes to MSAC’s Emergency Grant program on April 22, 2020. The program now requires applicants to estimate anticipated funding from State and Federal sources but does not require proof of application. In addition, clarity on deadlines and review periods is provided below. 
All applicants that have started applications, submitted, or have previously been declined for Emergency Grant funding have received notification from MSAC that their grant application has been reopened for resubmission.


The FY20 Emergency Grant Program is currently closed. The May 5 review (including all grants submitted by the May 1 deadline) included an evaluation of 155 eligible applications totaling requests for $2.6M. $1M was awarded in emergency grant funding across 125 applications (65 arts organizations at $869,318; 60 independent artists $130,682).




Applying for a Grant

Grant applications are available to arts organizations and independent artists through Smart Simple

Emergency Grant for Arts Organizations Guidelines 

Emergency Grant for Arts Organizations Rubric

Emergency Grant for Independent Artists Guidelines 

Emergency Grant for Independent Artists Rubric 

Applications will be gathered for FY20 review on May 1 (for a May 5 review) and May 15 (for a May 20 review). Funding will be recommended through a comparison model (rather than a “first come, first serve” basis).  Note that the timeline between approval and payment may be 90-days.

Funding is based on application submission (rather than funding grantees across the board without an application as is being done in some other states).


Contact Information

Dana Parsons Director, Grants and Professional Development Email: Phone: 410.767.6557