The Rubys: Artist Project Grants


The Rubys are project-based funding for emerging and established Baltimore-regional artists for the creation of innovative and bold endeavors that will have significant impact for the artist and on the community at-large. The grants support the region’s gems – the local creative community of performing, visual, media, and literary artists.

The Rubys were established in 2013 by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, with the vision and start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, to provide meaningful support to individual artists as well as enrich the arts and broader community of Baltimore and the five surrounding counties.

**UPDATE 5/1/2014: Online application form is now live for Rubys grant proposals in Visual and Literary Arts. Go here to begin preparing your application!**

**UPDATE 4/22/2014: Selected grantees in Performing Arts and Media Arts have been announced! Click here for information!**

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Artists may apply for one grant in one of four discipline categories—Performing Arts, Media Arts, Visual Arts, Literary Arts—and grants will be awarded in each discipline category. Artists may apply for grants of up to $10,000 to be applied to a project over a 12-month period.

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To be eligible for a grant, an artist must be:

  • A resident of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, or Howard County at the time of application and when the grant is awarded.
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.
  • At least 21 years old.
  • An active practicing artist who has pursued their profession in their chosen discipline for more than three years.

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  • Visual Arts and Literary Arts
  • Call for entry opens for application on May 1, 2014
  • Submission deadline is Monday, June 30, 2014

Visual Arts includes but is not limited to: painting; photography; sculpture; works on paper; craft; installation; traditional/folk art; cross-disciplinary; experimental/emerging fields.

Literary Arts includes but is not limited to: creative nonfiction; fiction; poetry; graphic novels; cross-disciplinary; experimental/emerging fields.

Download the grant guidelines for full applications details: RUBYS Grant Guidelines_Cycle 2_2014

Required application materials are:

  • Project description
  • Project budget
  • Project timeline
  • Artist resume/CV
  • Work samples

Applications will be accepted beginning May 1, 2014 via Online application form is now open and accepting proposals. The direct link to the application form is here:


GBCA has hosted its final information session for this grant round.

GBCA is hosting of a free grant writing how-to workshop with Andrew Simonet of ArtistU. This workshop will provide an overview of the grant writing process in general, as well as tips and strategies for preparing an effective and engaging grant proposal.

  • Grant Writing How-To for Individual Artists
  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014
  • 6pm-9pm
  •  at Area 405
  • 405 E Oliver St, Baltimore, MD 21202

We are no longer accepting RSVPs for tonight’s grant writing workshop. If you are interested in attending but did not RSVP, we encourage you to still come by as there may be space due to no-shows. We will try to accommodate as many people as possible.


Please contact Sonja Cendak, Grants Program Manager, at

If you would like to be notified of new information and updates to the Artist Project Grants, please provide your name and email address below. 


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