Grant Programs Timelines

Workshop Date
Jan. 6, 2016
Mar. 9, 2016
Aug. 3, 2016
Nov. 16, 2016
Application Deadline Date
Feb. 17, 2016
May 25, 2016
Sep. 7, 2016
Jan. 11, 2017
Panel Date
Apr. 13-14, 2016
Jul. 19-22, 2016
Oct. 26, 2016
Feb. 22-23, 2017
Who Can Apply?
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Individual Artists
Award Announcement
Within 30 days
Jun. 2016
Sep. 2016
Dec. 2016
Mar. 2017



FY13 Strauss Artist Grant recipient Rebecca Kamen; Fluid # 8, © 2011; Acrylic on mylar and fiberglass rods; 18” x 32” x 4.5”

On behalf of Fairfax County, the Arts Council awards over $500,000 in County funds to artists and arts organizations of all disciplines. In FY15, the Arts Council awarded $540,000 and $1,364,567 in funding was requested.

  • Awarded 68 grants to 50 arts organizations and 3 individual artists;
  • Funded over 15,000 performances and activities;
  • Attended by over 1 million people.

“The arts are essential to a thriving community, creating a sense of place and fueling social and economic growth.” Linda S. Sullivan, President & CEO, Arts Council of Fairfax County.

The Arts Council awards grants to Fairfax County artists and arts organizations in the following areas: Fast Track Grants, Operating Support, Project Support, and Organizational and Professional Development. The Arts Council offers one grant program, the Strauss Artist Grants, for individual artists.

"The Strauss Artist Grant enabled me to start on a new male duet I had been wanting to create, which will be previewed in our October 19 event with BalletNova as their new Resident Company. It will continue to be developed into a dance film short. The Strauss Fellowship helped me initiate these projects, which will be a part of Chamber Dance Project's season next June.”
Diane Coburn Bruning, 2013 Strauss Award Recipient and Artistic Director, Chamber Dance Project


In 2006, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established a community funding pool for arts and cultural organizations serving citizens of Fairfax County through a grant to the Arts Council of Fairfax County. As a result, the Arts Council awards over $500,000 yearly to support Fairfax County artists and arts organizations.


Lisa Mariam, Grants Director
(703) 642-0862 x1

Rachelle Etienne-Robinson, Grants Coordinator
(703) 642-0862 x6.

Arts Council of Fairfax County
2667 Prosperity Avenue, Suite A
Fairfax, VA 22031
Office Hours: Mon - Fri from 9:00AM - 5:30PM
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