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Diversity and Inclusion Grants

The Visit Baltimore Education & Training Foundation’s Diversity & Inclusion grant increases the accessibility of Baltimore’s destinations and cultural attractions. This initiative was designed to assist organizations with capacity-building and marketing efforts that reach a broader, more multicultural audience. Through this effort, we aim to invest in events that celebrate diversity and inclusion.

If you’d like to apply for a diversity and inclusion grant, please complete the application form.

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Eligibility

To be considered for funding, your organization must:

  • Be responsible for the event that you are marketing through the grant
  • 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

Required Documentation

To apply for funding, organizations must submit the following documents:

  • A letter from the organization’s leader on the organization’s letterhead outlining the specific request for funding along with a summary of the organization (not to exceed two pages), containing 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

Terms and Conditions

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