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Frequently Asked Questions

Production at WombWorks, May 2019. Participants pictured include Mama Kay and Mama Rashida of WombWorks (5th and 6th from left) and Alan Kreizenbeck of UMBC’s Theatre Department (7th from left).


Who or what is Charlesmead?
The Charlesmead Foundation is a Baltimore-based philanthropic organization.

Who is eligible to apply for funding through Charlesmead?

Full-time faculty and full-time staff may apply for either category of funding: up to $1,000 or over $1,000. Full-time graduate students may apply for up to $1,000. Deadlines are different for these two categories. See answer to deadline question below. Applications from part-time faculty, staff, and graduate students, as well as all undergraduate students, are not being accepted at this time.

When are the deadlines for project proposals?

Proposals for up to $1,000 are accepted on a rolling basis. Proposals for over $1,000 are due October 15th during the fall semester, and March 15th during the spring semester.

Who is the target audience of the funding?

The priority group we hope to reach through projects funded by the Charlesmead Initiative are K-8 students in Title 1 Baltimore City Public Schools.

What if my proposal does not address all of the parameters of the target audience?

While proposals that cater to K-8 students in Title 1 Baltimore City Public Schools are preferred, the Charlesmead Review Committee will consider projects that involve the following: PreK or students in grades 9-12, schools in districts that are contiguous to Baltimore City (Anne Arundel and Baltimore County), before- and after-school arts programs, and non-profit arts organizations. Also acceptable are proposals that indirectly benefit PreK-12 students, such as faculty research on the relationship between arts engagement and academic achievement, support for projects led by UMBC students pursuing careers as arts teachers or teaching artists, stipends for curriculum-writing, professional development for classroom teachers, and other relevant projects.

Can I submit more than one project proposal?

At this point in time, yes.

I have other questions that weren’t answered here. Who can I contact?

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