Grant Programs Timelines

Workshop Date
Application Deadline Date
Panel Date
March 16-17, 2016
April 13-15, 2016
July 19-22, 2016
Who Can Apply?
Arts Organizations
Individual Artists
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Award Announcement
Within 30 days
May 2016
June 2016
October 2016
December 2016

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 has transitioned to 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

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.

FY16 Strauss Artist Grant Guidelines (pdf)
FY16 Project Support Guidelines (pdf)

FY16 Operating Support Grant Guidelines (pdf)

FY16 Organizational and Professional Development Guidelines (pdf)

Additional Materials

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

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

FY16 Organizational and Professional Development Workshop (8/4/2015; pdf)

FY16 Operating Support Workshop (3/11/2015; pdf)

FY16 Project Support Workshop (1/7/2015; pdf)

Sample Applications

Below are sample applications from past grant recipients.

FY16 Project Support Grant - Mosaic Harmony                                                                                                                                                                                                                       FY 16 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

Sample Final Reports

Operating Support Grant
FY15 Creative Cauldron Final Report

Organizational and Professional Development Grants
FY15 The Hub Theatre Final Report

Project Support Grants
FY15 GRACE Final Report


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

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

Arts Council of Fairfax County
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Fairfax, VA 22031
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