The Professional Development Opportunity Grant program encourages and supports relevant professional development opportunities for artists and arts organizations throughout Maryland.

The Professional Development Opportunity Grant assists artists and arts organizations to implement best practices by embracing growth, learning, and discovery for economic sustainability. The Professional Development Opportunity Grant application will close on April 30, 2024 for FY24 funding. Check back in early summer for details about the FY25 application.


Applicants must be an eligible entity or individual who has identified a relevant and meaningful professional development opportunity. See Grant Guidelines for detailed information.

Please note that applications forms in Smart Simple have been updated for FY24. Your application ID # should begin with '2024.' 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 FY24 application under the "Funding Opportunities" menu.

MSAC staff reviews applications submitted in SmartSimple on a monthly basis. 

New for FY2024: Professional Development Opportunity 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.


Upon execution of grant agreement, payment will be processed for receipt in 6-8 weeks. Grantees are required to submit a final report at the completion of the funded project. For detailed reporting requirements, please see the Grant Guidelines.

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

If awarded a Professional Development Opportunity 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 June 2023 and December 2023 will have a Final Report deadline of August 15, 2024. Applications submitted between January 2024 and April 2024 will have a Final Report deadline of December 31, 2024.

See Grant Guidelines for further information.