As part of the recent $50 million for the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative for COVID-19 Relief, the $3 million awarded to the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) will be distributed through the Emergency Grant Program, a grant program created in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency that provides emergency funding to arts organizations and artists for losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled.

Of this $3 million:

  • $1 million will be available to County Arts Agencies
  • $435,000 will be available to Arts & Entertainment District Management Entities
  • $1,565,000 will be available to Arts Organizations and Independent Artists

All applicants above will be required to complete an application through Smart Simple to request funding. Applications will open on July 20 and must be submitted by 5 PM on August 3, 2020, to be considered for funding. 

For complete information regarding the Emergency Grant process, including Guidelines and Rubrics, please visit our website

For additional information regarding other (non-emergency) MSAC funding opportunities to support upcoming arts projects, programs, professional development, and more, please visit or website or contact MSAC staff. 


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