Grant Programs Timelines

Grant Program
Org & Prof Dev
Strauss Artist
Workshop Date
Jan. 4, 2017
Mar. 8, 2017
Aug. 2, 2017
Nov. 16, 2016
Feb. 15, 2017
May 24, 2017
Sep. 6, 2017
Jan. 11, 2017
Panel Date
Apr. 19-21, 2017
Jul. 19-20, 2017
Oct. 25, 2017
Feb. 22-23, 2017
Who Can Apply?
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Individual Artists
Within 30 days
Jun. 2017
Sep. 2017
Dec. 2017
Mar. 2017

Grant Programs


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.

Apply Online

*We are in the process of changing our Online Application System. The FY18 Operating Support Grant was the last submission using our current system. On March 8, 2017, there will be a training on the new system for those applying for FY18 Project Support Grants at the Workshop.

Review Process

The Arts Council uses a multi-step process involving staff, peer review panels, a grants committee, and the full Board of Directors.

The Arts Council’s staff verify applicant eligibility and review application materials for completeness.  In each program category,  peer review panel(s) convene with staff and grants committee representative present. Each year, over 25 people volunteer their time and expertise to help the Arts Council fairly and openly distribute public funds to arts organizations. The panel is composed of a diverse group of arts professionals from throughout the region with relevant and specific expertise. The Arts Council  accepts nominations for panelists from the general public. To nominate an individual for panel service consideration, please send a resume and letter of interest to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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.



Grant Applications Guidelines

Grant guidelines are updated regularly and previous fiscal years are provided as a reference tool for future applicants.

FY18 Project Support Grant Guidelines (pdf)

FY18 Operating Support Grant Guidelines (pdf)

FY17 Strauss Artist Grant Guidelines (pdf)

FY17 Fast Track Grant Guidelines (pdf)

FY17 Organizational and Professional Development Guidelines (pdf)

Additional Materials

Applicants can download these documents to prepare themselves for the application process.

FY18 Operating Support Workshop (1/4/2017; pdf)

Online Application Instructions (1/4/17; pdf)

FY17 Strauss Artist Grant Workshop (11/29/2016; pdf)

FY16 Operating Support Final Report Form (5/16/2016; pdf)

FY16 Final Reports Webinar (5/18/2016; pdf)

FY16 Strauss Artist Grant Workshop (11/18/2015; pdf)

FY17 Organizational & Professional Development Workshop (8/3/2016; pdf)

FY17 Project Support Workshop (1/6/2016; pdf)

Budget Webinar Presentation (4/29/15; pdf)

Sample Applications

Below are sample applications from past grant recipients.

 FY17 Organizational and Professional Development Grant - Choralis

FY17 Operating Support Grant - Vienna Choral Society
FY17 Project Support Grant - Wolf Trap

FY16 Organizational & Professional Development Grant - Workhouse Arts Center

FY16 Organizational & Professional Development Grant - Traveling Players Ensemble

FY16 Project Support Grant - Mosaic Harmony                                                                                                                                                                                                                       FY FY16 Project Support Grant - Greater Reston Art Center                                                                                                                                                                                                        FY16 Project Support Grant - Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

FY15 Strauss Artist Grant - K. Horrigan & A. Garcia                                                                                                                                                                                                              FY15 Strauss Artist Grant - A. Watson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 FY15 Strauss Artist Grant - A. Yoder

Fast Track Grant Application Sample

Fast Track Grant - Vienna Jammers

Final Reports

FY16 reporting forms will be completed online.


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

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

Arts Council of Fairfax County
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