The Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) program offers Conservation Grants to support the conservation and preservation of existing public artworks in Maryland.

  • Planning Grants: $5,000
  • Implementation Grants: up to $50,000

No Funding Match is required.

All funding for FY21 PAAM Conservation grants has been awarded. No further deadlines this fiscal year.

Applicants must be a/an:

  • Non-profit organization 
  • Unit of government
  • College/university
  • School
  • County Arts Council or Arts and Entertainment District

The PAAM Conservation grant program provides two types of support:

  • The Conservation Planning Grant awards $5,000 to support artwork conservation planning efforts including: project administration, consultancy fees, community engagement, and collection management services and technology.
  • The Conservation Implementation Grant awards up to $50,000 to support the conservation of permanent public artwork. The conservation project must be fully developed including identification of the project team and support and approval of the owners of the artwork and the site where it is located.

For both Planning and Implementation grants, the final location of the artwork to be conserved must be within Maryland.

Public art in any media is eligible for conservation funding.  Artworks must be permanent*, sited indoors or outdoors, free and publicly accessible* to all, following conservation. 

Artwork must be located, or be in the process of being relocated, within the State of Maryland. 

Artwork types may include, but are not limited to: sculpture, painted mural, tile mosaic, mixed media, photography, and site-integrated public art.

The grant application must include an ongoing maintenance plan* following conservation. 

The grant will not support conservation of any artwork that is still under the warranty of the artist.

PAAM Conservation Planning Grants may be used for:

  • Administrative fees related to project management and planning
  • Consultant fee(s) including: Professional Conservator, Artist, Structural Engineer, materials specialist (painter, welder, etc..), Historian or Preservationist
  • Community Engagement including: public meetings, community education and information campaigns
  • Collection Management Activities & Technology including: Collection Management consultant, conducting local survey or inventory work, inventory file digitization, establishing and/or updating a database of artworks in that collection or jurisdiction, purchasing or leasing collection management software

PAAM Conservation Implementation Grants may be used for:

  • Relocating a public artwork within, or to Maryland in an effort to increase public access to the art work and its long-term preservation.
  • Conservation and maintenance activities that will contribute to the long-term appreciation and sustainability of the artwork including but not limited to: 
    • Cleaning, waxing, coating, painting conducted by professional service providers
    • Replacement or addition of components to provide structural integrity to the artwork, or the frame, plinth, pedestal, base or foundation integral to the display of the artwork
  • Landscape site improvements such as drainage, plant pruning and maintenance and/or replacement
  • Lighting and electrical work that contributes to public accessibility by increasing visibility and safety, or improves energy efficiency of outdated lighting and digital components
  • Conservation of existing or creation of new identification and interpretive signage including writers, designers, fabrication and installation

PAAM Conservation Grant may not support: 

  • Proposed or incomplete public art projects (artworks that do not exist, or are partially installed)
  • Artwork that is still under artist’s warranty or has suffered significant structural or materials failure while under warranty or within one year of acquisition or accession
  • Improvements not directly related to the public artwork
  • Artwork that is in storage or not publicly accessible

Potential applicants are encouraged to consult with the Public Art program staff in advance of making an application in order to discuss and strengthen their project concepts.

The PAAM Grant Program is funded annually within the Fiscal Year (July 1-June 30). Grants will be awarded throughout the fiscal year until the annual allocated funding is depleted.  

PAAM Grants may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Applications submitted after a quarterly deadline will be reviewed in the following quarter. 

FY 21 Quarterly Deadlines are by 5:00 pm on the following dates: 

All Conservation Grant funds have been awarded and future quarterly grant deadlines are canceled for FY21.

  • August 17, 2020
  • November 12, 2020
  • February 12, 2021
  • May 12, 2021

Applicants will receive notification of application status within six weeks of the quarterly deadline.

Upon execution of a 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

If awarded a PAAM Grant, the recipient must file a final report online no more than two weeks after the end of the Fiscal Year in which the funded activity occurred (July 15).  The report contains a brief summary request as well as some data requirements of the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts). For a complete list of Final Report Requirements, please refer to the website here

Planning Grant recipients must complete the public art project planning process within 12 months from the grant award notification. A final report is due within 30 days of completion of planning.

Implementation Grant recipients must complete the proposed public art project within 18 months of grant award notification. A final report is due within 30 days of the dedication and completion of the funded project.

Failure to submit reports may jeopardize current and/or future MSAC grants and may result in the repayment of grant funds back to the State of Maryland. Before any funds are distributed, PAAM grantees are also required to submit any outstanding reports/requirements for any other MSAC grants they have received.

See the Grant Guidelines for detailed information about reporting requirements.

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