Grants Provide Support for Cultural Institutions in the County

Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) announced that the application process for the FY2021 Baltimore County Arts, Sciences and Humanities Operating Grants is now open through Wednesday, October 23, at 4 p.m.

These competitive, general operating grants are available to nonprofit organizations in the Baltimore metropolitan area that serve Baltimore County residents in the fields of arts, sciences and humanities. In previous years, Baltimore County Government has made over $3 million available to help recognize the importance of arts and culture to the quality of life in Baltimore County.

“These grants, and our efforts to increase the number of applicants, provide important funding to help organizations realize their missions and connect our residents with arts and cultural opportunities here in Baltimore County and throughout the region,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski.

“These grants will help organizations bring more quality arts and culture experiences for our residents,” said Will Anderson, Director of DEWD. “This goes right along with County Executive Olszewski’s vision to help further promote tourism initiatives in Baltimore County.”

Arts organizations have a serious economic impact in Baltimore County. Over 1,700 arts-related businesses already exist across Baltimore County, employing 7,000 people.

“So, while we enjoy the quality of life impacts of these creative industries, we need to remember the financial benefits they bring as well,” county officials said in a statement.

Baltimore County grants support regional nonprofits, including a robust County arts community. County organizations receiving support include the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Towson Arts Collective, Baltimore County Arts Guild and Contemporary Arts Jazz. In addition, the County supports institutions located in the region such as Everyman Theater, the American Visionary Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Industry, which are central to the region’s quality of life.