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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).

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 April 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. A limited number of proposals that fit the spirit of the gift but not these exact parameters will be considered.

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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