Grant Programs Timelines

Workshop Date
Application Deadline Date
Panel Date
April 14-16, 2015
July 21- 24, 2015
Who Can Apply?
Arts Organizations
Individual Artists
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Award Announcement
Within 30 days
May 2015
June 2015
October 2015
December 2015

Workshop & Webinar

The Arts Council of Fairfax County is hosting a grant preparation workshop for the FY2016 Project Support Grant focusing on the new Cultural Diversity category.  The workshop will be an opportunity to learn more about the new online grant application process, the Arts Council’s Cultural Diversity Initiative, the Project Support Grant, and meet peers in the Fairfax County arts community.  ArtSpace Herndon’s Post Gallery from 12pm to 2pm for this workshop, and please feel free to bring your lunch.

Date: Wednesday, January 7th
Time: 12-2pm
Location: ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170

You may also participate in the workshop by webinar through Any Meeting

Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing Christina Easterly at

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 will provide training on the new system for  arts organizations at the grant workshop on 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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