The Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) New Artworks Grant offers funding to artists and organizations to support the planning, creation, and installation of new local public art projects.

  • Planning Grants: $5,000
  • Project Grants: up to $20,000

Applicants must utilize the following Budget templates with their online submission:

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Applicants must be a/an:

  • Independent Artist living in Maryland
  • Non-profit organization 
  • Unit of government
  • College/university
  • School
  • County Arts Agency or Arts &Entertainment District

Planning Grant awards up to $5,000 to support independent artists or organizations creating public art proposals with communities.

Project Grant awards up to $20,000 to independent artists or organizations to support the fabrication and installation of new public artwork. The artwork must have been developed through a community process, and be fully designed including identification of the artist(s) creating the work.


MSAC utilizes a multi-disciplinary, statewide grant panel to electronically review and score applications. 

Before submitting a completed application, refer to the FY22 New Artworks Scoring Rubric for the complete scoring criteria panelists use to evaluate applications.

PAAM New Artworks Planning Grants may be used for:

  • Administrative fees related to community activities and/or selection of the artist 
  • Artist fees and/or honorariums for artwork design and proposal development  
  • Consultant fee(s)
  • Facility/equipment rentals for community  meetings
  • Online application software fees

PAAM New Artworks Project Grants may be used:

  • Paying artists, fabricators, and individuals to fabricate and install the public artwork
  • Renting equipment and/or space needed for fabrication and/or installation
  • Purchasing artwork materials and/or tools for fabrication and/or installation
  • Transportation of the artwork to the site
  • Administration/Project Management fee may not exceed 15% of the project budget

Independent Artists or Organizations apply via the secure online grants application software SmartSimple. Log in or create a free account at

  • Applicants are required to complete and submit their applications by electronic means, including the use of an electronic signature.
  • Technical support for SmartSimple is available during regular office hours.
  • Lost, misdirected or late applications are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
  • Applicants must meet all revision deadlines after submission, as specified in writing, or the application will be withdrawn.

February 18, 2022
May 13, 2022

  • New Artworks Grants will be awarded throughout the fiscal year.
  • Applications submitted after a quarterly deadline will be reviewed in the following quarter. 
  • Applicants will receive notification of application status within six weeks of the quarterly deadline.
  • If awarded, applicants will receive payment 6-8 upon receipt of the fully executed grant agreement.