New This Year – Eligible Groups Can Receive Up To $5,000


The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the application for MECU Neighborhood Event Grants for 2019. The program awards cash grants to Baltimore City non-profit neighborhood associations and community-based organizations for the purpose of producing a free-to-the-public event for the community and residents they currently serve. Special must focus on at least one of the following area: education, arts and culture, or community development. New this year, with additional support from MECU, eligible groups can receive up to $5,000. Applications will be available starting Thursday, August 16, The deadline for submissions is Sunday, October 7, 2018. The MECU Neighborhood Event Grants program is administered by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and supported by presenting sponsor MECU, Baltimore’s Credit Union, in addition to the Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD).

“We are proud to support the MECU Neighborhood Event Grants program for the seventh straight year,” said MECU President and CEO John Hamilton. “By increasing the maximum dollar amount, we’re excited to see even larger community events in the coming year.”

Applicants must be a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Baltimore City. Organizations that do not qualify as a 501(c)(3) may apply with a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Proposed events must be free and open to the public and take place in Baltimore City between April 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Required application materials include a completed application, tax exemption documentation, financial statement, project budget not exceeding $5,000 in total and fiscal Agent Letter of Proof if applicable. Guidelines are available now at online.

Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session. MECU Neighborhood Event Grants Info Sessions take place in person on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 6pm to 7pm at War Memorial Building at 101 N. Gay St., Baltimore, MD 21202 and online on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from noon to 1pm via Facebook Live at

For more information on the MECU Neighborhood Event Grants, call 410-752-8632 or visit

About the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts:

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city. For more information, visit

About MECU:

Established in 1936, MECU is Baltimore City’s largest credit union, with assets of $1.2 billion. MECU has nine branches throughout the Baltimore area and offers a full range of financial products and services. The credit union also provides access to over 30,000 free ATMs and 5,000 shared branches nationwide through the CO-OP network. Learn more at

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