Emergency Grant for Independent Artists

Emergency Grants for Independent Artists provide funding to Maryland artists for losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled due to the COVID-19.

MSAC is accepting Emergency Grant applications.

The current round, made possible by the Maryland General Assembly's passage of the RELIEF Act of 2021, will distribute $5 million to independent artists, arts organizations, County Arts Agencies, and Arts & Entertainment Districts. Per the legislation, MSAC will prioritize grants to organizations that have not received prior funding from MSAC or do not qualify for funding under other MSAC programs. 

Applicants must:

  • ​be independent artists, defined as artists who earn income from artistic activities and are not directly affiliated with an arts organization or program that provides any form of compensation.

See Grant Guidelines for full eligibility requirements. 

Applications for Emergency Grants are approved by the full Council in the amount of $3,000.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 1 and will be reviewed within two weeks. Funding will be recommended through a comparison model of rubric scores (rather than each application standing alone, without comparison).

Emergency Grant applications will be reviewed by MSAC as quickly as possible. After the review, applicants will be notified of the application status, and, if approved, receive a formal grant agreement form to process the grant payment (100% of award amount).

If any debt is owed to the State of Maryland by the grantee, the amount owed will be subtracted by the General Accounting Division prior to the disbursement of grant funds. If a grantee's liability exceeds the grant award, the liability will be reduced by the award amount, but the grantee will receive no grant funds.

If awarded an Emergency Grant, the grantee must file a final report online through Smart Simple by December 31, 2021. 

See Grant Guidelines for full reporting requirements.