The Maryland Touring Grant provides funding to eligible Maryland-based nonprofit organizations to support the presentation of artists listed on the Maryland Performing Artists Touring Roster.

Click here to view the Presenting & Touring Roster.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from July 1, 2024 through April 30, 2025 with a monthly review process


Applicants must:

  • Be Maryland-incorporated organizations with  501(c)3 tax exempt status, units of Maryland local government, or arts programs within a college or university.

Organizations applying through fiscal sponsorships can be funded if the Fiscal Agency and the Organization operate within a Model A sponsorship. (Note: in a “Model A” sponsorship, the assets, liabilities, and exempt activities collectively referred to as the project are housed within the fiscal sponsor.)

For full eligibility criteria, please review the Grant Guidelines

Please note that application forms in Smart Simple have been updated for FY25. Your application ID # should begin with '2025.' If it does not, you are working off a draft started from a previous year and will not be able to submit it. Please open a new FY25 application under the "Opportunities" menu to begin a new application.

In addition to reviewing the guidelines document in the "Quick Resources" box, please review the following resources that are available to assist you during the application process:

For additional support, you can find the FY 2025 scoring rubric, and other relevant documents in the "Resources" section below.

Arts Services Program Directors Emily Sollenberger and Laura Weiss are available to review a draft of your application prior to submission. If you are interested in this, please contact them directly ( or for assistance. Please allow for several weeks for processing. 

If your application was declined for funding, you can request feedback by completing the form here (coming soon). Please allow for several weeks for processing. 


Before applying, first select one or more artists from the Touring Roster. Contact the artist(s) to negotiate the availability of dates, activities, fees, and other performance details.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from July 2024 through April 30, 2025. Applications are reviewed monthly, and Touring Grants are awarded throughout the fiscal year. For awarded activities, payment may take up to 90 days.

Creativity Grant applications submitted by the last day of the month will be reviewed by the panel in the following month, with notifications to follow early the following month. See Guidelines for a detailed schedule.

MSAC convenes a group of panelists, composed of members of the public statewide representing a range of discipline expertise, to electronically review and score all applications according to the review criteria above.

Applications must be completed in Smart Simple.

After the monthly panel review, applicants will be notified of the grant status as soon as possible, and, if approved, receive a formal grant agreement form to process the grant payment (100% of award amount).

Upon execution of the grant agreement, payment will be processed for receipt in 6-8 weeks

All MSAC grants are paid on the same timeline. To learn more, click here.

If awarded a Touring Grant, the recipient must file a final report online in Smart Simple. The report will be added to the grantee's Smart Simple profile as soon as the Grant Agreement Form is fully executed.

Applications submitted between July 1, 2024 and April 30, 2025 will have a Final Report deadline of December 31, 2025. 

For detailed reporting requirements, please see the grant guidelines