The Arts Council awards grants to 501(3)(c) nonprofit arts organizations incorporated and doing business in Fairfax County. Individuals and unincorporated groups may not apply but an eligible nonprofit organization, known as a fiscal sponsor, may apply on behalf of an individual or unincorporated group in certain grant categories. Please see program specific guidelines and applications for detailed eligiblity criteria. Individual artists residing in Fairfax County are also eligible to apply for Strauss Artist Grants.
Online Application Process
The Arts Council uses an online application system for all grants programs. We are providing training on the new system to prospective applicants throughout the various grants cycles.
The Arts Council uses a multi-step process involving staff, peer review panels, a grants committee, and the full Board of Directors.
The panel ratings form the basis for funding recommendations from the Grants Committee to the full Board of Directors. Applications are evaluated according to artistic merit, organizational effectiveness, community outreach, and appropriateness of the budget.
Final Reports for Operating Support, Project Support, and Organizational and Professional Development grants are due August 1. Fast Track and Strauss Artist grant final reports are due as specified in the guidelines. Reporting forms must be completed online.