Emergency Grant for Arts Organizations

Emergency Grants for Arts Organizations provide funding to Maryland arts organizations, County Arts Agencies, and Arts & Entertainment Districts for losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled due to the COVID-19.

This application is currently closed. Please check back for updates about the availability of this grant opportunity.

Applicants must be:

  • Arts Organizations, meaning organizations that exist to further the arts and whose purpose is producing or presenting the arts through public programs or services, as stated in their mission statement.
  • Organizations eligible for MSAC’s A&E District Operating Support grant program.

Applications for Emergency Grants are reviewed by the MSAC staff (requests under $2,000), MSAC Executive Committee (requests $2,000 - $5,000) or the full Council (requests over $5,000). Per the legislation for this funding, MSAC will prioritize grants to organizations that have not received prior funding from the Council or do not qualify for funding under other Council programs.

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.

All MSAC grants are paid on the same timeline. To learn more, click here.

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.