Established in 1964 by Mary S. Baker in memory of her husband, the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation believes that arts and culture play a central role in the development and growth of healthy individuals and thriving communities and commits its resources to promote and sustain a vibrant arts and culture sector in the metropolitan Baltimore area.
To that end, the program awards grants ranging from $1,500 and $45,000 (averaging $10,000) to cultural organizations in support of organizational effectiveness initiatives, efforts to promote local artists and their work, and initiatives to provide cultural experiences that welcome people of all backgrounds, enhance the lives of metro Baltimore residents, and strengthen the region’s sense of cohesion and identity.
The fund has identified three funding priorities:
Strengthening Organizational and Artistic Practices — Capacity-building programs aimed at improving internal organizational and management practices, including board training, strategic planning, fundraising and marketing expertise, budgeting and financial planning, program planning, professional development, technology upgrades, and training and operating support for key partners; occasional capacity-building requests from arts magnet schools; professional development programs for the benefit of practicing metro Baltimore artists; and small grants for facility enhancements.
Innovative Programs — Initiatives and projects from organizations with budgets larger than $75,000 to present or exhibit the work of professional artists that will deepen audience engagement or engage new audiences, and small program grants (up to $1,500) for innovative programming for nonprofit organizations with budgets under $75,000.
Cultural Sector Collaboration — Strategic alliances that support collaboration and cooperation across the cultural community and strengthen organizational capacity to work at the highest levels.
Letters of Inquiry must be received one month prior to the proposal deadline. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by July 10, 2020.
To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and serve the metro Baltimore area.
See the Baltimore Community Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.