Grant Workshops

Strauss Artist Grant Workshop & Webinar
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Balletnova Center For Dance
3443 Carlin Springs Rd
Falls Church, VA 22041
What: The Arts Council will hold a free grant writing workshop and webinar for interested applicants. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please RSVP by Friday, November 14th to
Register (Webinar)

Grant Deadlines

FY15 Strauss Artist Grants Application Deadline
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FY16 Project Support Application Deadline
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

FY16 Operating Support Application Deadline
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FY16 Organizational and Professional Development Application Deadline
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

FY16 Strauss Artist Grant Application Deadline
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Fast Track Grant Application Deadline
Applications will be accepted until available funds are expended.


Apply Online

The grant application process has been moved online!

Strauss Artist Grants Application

Apply Online

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 is transitioning to the new grants online system for all grants programs with deadlines of January 2015 or later. We encourage individual artists to begin using the system.  We will provide training on the new system for individual artists at the grant workshop on November 19, 2014 and arts organizations at the grant workshop on January 7, 2015 and March 11, 2015.

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 Grants Coordinator.

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.


Previous Grant Applications

These grant applications and guidelines are from previous fiscal years and meant as a reference tool for future applicants.

FY14 Strauss Artist Awards Application(Word)
FY15 Organizational and Professional Development Application (Word)
FY15 Project Support Application (Word)
FY15 Operating Support Application (Word)

Additional Materials

Applicants can download these documents to prepare themselves for the application process.
FY14 Strauss Fellowship Grant Workshop (PowerPoint)
Operating Support Grant Program (3/15/2014; PowerPoint)
FY15 Project Support Workshop (pdf)
FY15 Organizational and Professional Development Webinar (pdf)

Sample Applications

Below are sample applications from past grant recipients.
FY13 Project Support Grant - Goodwin House
FY11 Operating Support Grant - American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras
FY11 Operating Support Grant - City of Fairfax Band Association
FY11 Operating Support Grant - Choralis
FY11 Organizational Development Grant - Fairfax Choral Society
FY11 Organizational Development Grant - Vienna Choral Society


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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