Grit Fund Emergency Recovery Grants (ERG)

April 24 – May 15, 2020

With the partnership and support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Grit Fund is offering Emergency Recovery Grants (ERG) ranging from $500-$1,000 to Baltimore based artists who applied to the 2020 Grit Fund, Grit Fund Alumni, and artists whose income and opportunities have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

TheERG Fund totals $100,000 and will provide approximately eighty grants to artists. These unrestricted $500-$1,000 grants may be used for immediate needs such as housing, utilities, food, childcare, healthcare, etc.

The Emergency Recovery Grant application is open Friday, April 24 through Friday, May 15, 2020, at 11:59pm.

Grant notification will be sent out no later than Friday, May 22, 2020.


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32nd Annual William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival

The Baltimore Jewish Film Festival is now VIRTUAL!  Join online from May 16 – June 10 for this diverse selection of dynamic, inspiring and meaningful films from around the world, examining Jewish history, heritage, and culture. 

Film lineup, tickets and more:

Presented by The Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Wide Angle Youth Media presents Virtual Iconic Prom (VIProm), developed in response to COVID-19, so that Baltimore City Public School students are able to enjoy their prom from the comfort and safety of home.

Saturday, May 9, 7-10 PM (EST)


VIProm will feature live performances, dance battles, virtual photo booths, and gift card giveaways. Performers include Dina Maeva, Kudo Nyc, John Tyler, Julien Chang, DJ Nnocent, and Image the Rapper.

This virtual event is sponsored by Wide Angle Youth Media. Wide Angle is a media arts non-profit located in Baltimore, MD. Youth involved in the organization are leading this event, and all current high school students nation wide are invited to join the livestream!

To sign up for tickets to VIProm, visit the website here.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, created as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. To commemorate the occasion, the Parkway Theater is bringing together some of their favorite Baltimore filmmaking from the past year for an afternoon of free screenings and events for the community via an online livestream.

2:00pm: 2019 Md Film Fest Balti-Shorts + Filmmaker Q&A

The celebrated Baltimore-made short film block from the 2019 Maryland Film Fest is back! Catch it for FREE at 2pm or watch for a limited time with a pay-what-you-can ticket on the Virtual Theatre.

4:30pm: Sweaty Eyeballs 2019 Baltimore Showcase + Filmmaker Q&A

Catch the best in Baltimore animation with this short film block from the 2019 Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival!

Watch the Giving Tuesday livestream here!

The Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund coalition is happy to announce that it has exceeded the initial goal of raising $125,000 to award $500 mini grants to artists living in Baltimore City. To date, nearly 200 grants have been awarded. At this rate, the available funding will be exhausted this week.

As a result, the coalition is no longer accepting submissions. All applications submitted through Friday, May 1, at 11:59pm, will still be considered for the last round of granting.

For applicants still awaiting a response, you can expect to hear back about your status within the next 5 business days. Please contact Jocquelyn Downs, Arts Council Director at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, with any questions:

To all of the funders and supporters, the Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund was made possible because of your generous and expedient response to a dire situation. This has been an amazing representation of citywide collaboration. We thank you all.

Inspired by the generosity of artist-led relief efforts in Baltimore and across the country, this fund was developed through a partnership between 20 artists and arts organizers committed to working together for the collective good of the Baltimore creative community, and is made possible by administrative and funding support from T. Rowe Price Foundation,Baltimore Office of Promotion & The ArtsMaryland State Arts Council, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, France Merrick Foundation, Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, Abell Foundation, Grit Fund and Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network. A special thanks to WTMD for contributing a portion of their recently received donations to the Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the Baltimore City Health Department website.