Diversity and Inclusion Grant 2020

Posted on November 7, 2019

The Visit Baltimore Education & Training Foundation’s Diversity & Inclusion grant broadens and enhances the destination’s multicultural tourism offerings. This new funding program aligns with Visit Baltimore’s mission to market, sell and promote the city of Baltimore; therefore, this initiative is explicitly intended to assist existing organizations with capacity building and marketing/communications support for events, festivals, interpretive tours and other similar happenings.

The goals and requirements of eligible events in Baltimore:

  • Generate a minimum of one (1) overnight stay per event in a hotel within the Baltimore Tourism Improvement District;
  • Contribute to the quality of life in the City through events that celebrate the diversity of Baltimore’s tourism-ready neighborhoods;
  • Generate regional and/or national media exposure for the City;
  • Increase economic impact to local neighborhoods through tourism

Click here to complete the application form.


To attract new and high-quality events, conferences and meetings with a focus on diversity and inclusivity. And, to advance and promote year-round tourism, resulting in a positive economic impact in Baltimore’s tourism-ready neighborhoods.


To be considered for funding, an organization must meet several prerequisites. An organization seeking funding may be engaged in advocacy, but primarily must be responsible for the event that they are marketing through the grant.

Events and programs must highlight and/or showcase underrepresented populations, cultures and/or marginalized voices; for example, these may include events that celebrate minority populations, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

The Visit Baltimore Education & Training Foundation’s charter prohibits funding for politically affiliated events.


To apply for funding, organizations must also submit the following documents:
A letter from the organization’s professional leader on the organization’s letterhead outlining the specific request for funding along with a summary of the organization (not to exceed two pages).

The letter should include the following specific information:

  • A copy of the organization’s mission statement
  • Demonstrated success creating multicultural events
  • Demonstrated commitment to producing programs that address and/or improve equity for undeserved or underrepresented populations
  • Population served (and total estimated number of unique individuals served annually)
  • Specific purpose of grant request, i.e. - how the grant funds will be used, and in which neighborhood or geographic area of the city, inaugural event with a comprehensive and viable plan. If this is for an existing program explain how this grant will help to scale the program
  • Any previous contact with the Visit Baltimore Education & Training Foundation
  • Specific dollar amount requested, up to $5,000
  • Total organizational budget (not including any in-kind funds).
  • Specific contact information for one person from the organization–name, title, phone, address, and email address
  • Proof of 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor
  • A copy of the organization’s most recent 990 filing
  • A copy of the organization’s current and previous year’s budgets, including confirmation that the annual operating budget is less than $250,000
  • A list of the Board of Directors and organization’s staff
  • A copy of program marketing plan
  • Organizations may be awarded grant funds one time per calendar year; organizations may receive grant funds for up to two consecutive years.
  • Grant funds are awarded only to supplement marketing activities; awards are based in part on qualified marketing expenses and reimbursed only upon reports of relevant approved spending.
  • Applications must be completed using the form provided. Other required or requested information may be attached to the application.
  • Grant applications must be received for review at least 60 days prior to the event date, and before the application deadline. Notification and award will be made within 30 days of acceptance of a completed application.
  • The Diversity & Inclusion Grant Committee will review and determine potential funding status of an event. The committee meets two times a year: November and June.
  • Approved applications will receive an acceptance agreement. At the conclusion of the event, you are required to complete the Post-Event Reporting Form. Payment reimbursements will not be made until all appropriate paperwork is submitted and processed.
  • Include the Visit Baltimore logo on select advertising materials; logo inclusion must be approved by Visit Baltimore prior to use.

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The Visit Baltimore Education & Training Foundation is an independent, 501 (c) (3) public charity. Anyone can donate to the Foundation to further the goal of helping Baltimore’s tourism community grow and thrive.