It’s been nearly five years since April, 2015, when Freddie Gray died of injuries received in police custody, sparking weeks of protests punctuated by spasms of violence and an emerging movement of activists looking to address the systemic racism and disinvestment that shaped the life of Freddie Gray and thousands of other Baltimore residents.

Open Society Institute-Baltimore (OSI) is seeking proposals for community-based events and/or projects intended to commemorate, recognize, and/or reflect on the fifth anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising, its underlying causes, and/or its impact on the city and the region. OSI will make grants of $500 to $5,000 to support selected efforts.

Proposed events or projects must be non-partisan and scheduled to take place or be completed within Baltimore City in the spring or summer of 2020.

All proposals should include:

  • Name of the organization
  • Brief description of the organization
  • Brief description of the scope of the suggested project or event, including, dates and times, venues, activities, speakers and performers (if any), intended audience, anticipated number of participants, plans for outreach/promotion
  • Brief explanation of how the project relates to the 5th anniversary of Uprising and/or reflects on its underlying causes
  • Project budget
  • Copy of IRS determination letter
  • Contact information

Proposals must be submitted by a 501c3 organization or in collaboration with a fiscal sponsor that is a 501c3.

The deadline for proposals is March 20, 2020 at 5pm EST.

Please submit proposals to