Emergency Grant for Independent Artists

The purpose of the Emergency Grant is to support the needs of independent artists as they adjust to income losses as a result of an emergency.

As of May 5, 2023, the Emergency Grant has closed for FY23 funding.

Applicants must:

  • ​be independent artists, defined as artists who earn income from artistic activities and are not directly affiliated with an arts organization or program that provides any form of compensation.

See Grant Guidelines for full eligibility requirements. 

Applications for Emergency Grants are approved by the MSAC Staff for grant amounts of $2,000 or less. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and will be reviewed monthly. Funding will be recommended in connection to rubric score and monthly funding allocation for the Emergency Grant Program.

Emergency Grant applications will be reviewed by MSAC on a monthly basis. After the review, applicants will be notified of the application status, and, if approved, receive a formal grant agreement form to process the grant payment (100% of award amount).

If any debt is owed to the State of Maryland by the grantee, the amount owed will be subtracted by the General Accounting Division prior to the disbursement of grant funds. If a grantee's liability exceeds the grant award, the liability will be reduced by the award amount, but the grantee will receive no grant funds.

All MSAC grants are paid on the same timeline. To learn more, click here.


If awarded an Emergency Grant, the grantee must file a final report online through Smart Simple by August 15, 2023.

See Grant Guidelines for full reporting requirements.