The Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) New Artworks Grant offers funding to support the planning, creation, and installation of new local public art projects.

  • Planning Grants: $5,000
  • Implementation Grants: up to $20,000

No Funding Match is required

All funding for FY21 New Artwork grants has been awarded. No further deadlines this fiscal year.

Applicants must be a/an:

  • Independent Artist living in Maryland
  • Non-profit organization 
  • Unit of government
  • College/university
  • School
  • County Arts Agency or Arts &Entertainment District

The PAAM New Artworks program provides two types of support:  the New Artworks Planning Grant  and the New Artworks Implementation Grant

For both Planning and Implementation grants, the proposed public art project site must be in Maryland and the selected artist(s) must be a resident of Maryland. 

The artwork must be original and designed and fabricated for the PAAM program. The artwork type may include, but not be limited to: sculpture, mural/painting, tile mosaic, mixed media, photography, and digital works.  The artwork may also be functional amenities such as: benches, bike racks, creative signage, fences, gateways, lightworks, awnings, and trellises.

The proposed artwork may be located in or on any interior or exterior space accessible to the public, such as: parks and trails, plazas, sidewalks, community centers, libraries and local government buildings. Check local government agencies for artwork siting and installation approval(s).

PAAM New Artworks Planning Grants may be used for:

  • Administrative fees related to community visioning and selection of the artist including: 
  • Consultant fee(s)
  • Facility/equipment rentals for public meetings
  • Online application software fees
  • Artist honorariums for project proposal development 
  • Applicant organization and partner (if applicable) public art planning administration

PAAM New Artworks Implementation Grants may be used:

  • Paying artists, fabricators, and individuals to design and/or coordinate the fabrication and/or installation of the artwork
  • Renting equipment and/or space needed for fabrication and/or installation
  • Purchasing artwork materials and/or tools for fabrication and installation
  • Transportation of the artwork to the site
  • Administration/Project Management fee may not exceed 15% of the implementation budget

PAAM may not support: 

  • Purchase, lease, or exhibition of pre-existing artwork or editions, or any ongoing operational expenses of the applicant organization or partner
  • Capital improvements not directly related to the public artwork
  • Artwork that is not publicly accessible

Potential applicants are encouraged to consult with the Public Art Program staff in advance of making an application in order to discuss and strengthen their project concepts.

The PAAM Grant Program is funded annually within the Fiscal Year (July 1-June 30). Grants will be awarded throughout the fiscal year until the annual allocated funding is depleted.  

PAAM Grants may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Applications submitted after a quarterly deadline will be reviewed in the following quarter. 

All funding for FY21 New Artwork grants has been awarded. No further deadlines this fiscal year.

Applicants will receive notification of application status within six weeks of the quarterly deadline.  Upon execution of a grant agreement, payment will be processed for receipt in 6-8 weeks.

If awarded a PAAM, the recipient must file a final report online no more than two weeks after the end of the Fiscal Year in which the funded activity occurred (July 15).  The report contains a brief summary request as well as some data requirements of the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts).

Planning Grant recipients must complete the public art project planning process within 12 months from the grant award notification. A final report is due within 30 days of completion of planning.

Implementation Grant recipients must complete the proposed public art project within 18 months of grant award notification. A final report is due within 30 days of the dedication and completion of the funded project.

Failure to submit reports may jeopardize current and/or future MSAC grants and may result in the repayment of grant funds back to the State of Maryland. Before any funds are distributed, PAAM grantees are also required to submit any outstanding reports/requirements for any other MSAC grants they have received.

See the Grant Guidelines for detailed information about reporting requirements.

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