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Submit a Proposal

The Charlesmead Initiative for Arts Education knows that these unprecedented times have called for flexibility. You all have been asked to adapt to new circumstances, so we are adapting, too! Funding is still available to support future arts experiences for K-8 Baltimore City Title I students. For the remainder of the semester, we will continue to accept and review submissions on a rolling basis for projects up to $1,000, and for projects over $1,000. We will accept proposals as early as April 15 (the original deadline for this round of funding) and as late as May 15 (extended deadline). Reviewers will make decisions as soon as possible for each submission. If your proposed activity is awarded, but new announcements from Baltimore City Public Schools require changes in your proposed activity, rest assured that we can work with you to accommodate those changes as much as possible. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions (email If you have an idea but need connections to a Baltimore City Public School and/or local arts organization, let us know. We are here to help.

The Charlesmead Foundation has provided UMBC with a gift of $500,000 over five years, Fall 2018 through Spring 2023, aimed at strengthening arts engagement opportunities for K-8 students in Title I schools in the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS). We are seeking proposals to fund new, or expand existing, partnerships between UMBC faculty/staff/graduate students and these schools.

Proposals should be tailored to the needs and interests of each partner, leverage the strengths of a university, and be inspired by the idea that all children are entitled to quality arts programming in the full spectrum of artistic disciplines, including Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

Proposals fall into two categories based on amount of funding requested.