Grant Workshops

Organizational and Professional Development Workshop
Saturday, August 2, 2014

Strauss Artist Award Workshop
Saturday, November 15, 2014


Grant Deadlines

FY15 Operating Support Application Deadline
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

FY15 Organizational and Professional Development Application Deadline
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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

Download Application

Fast Track Grants Program Application
FY15 Operating Support Application

For all grant submissions:
Accepted until 5 p.m. at published deadline.
You may choose to mail or drop off your application at our office located at 10604 Judicial Drive in Fairfax, VA 22030.


Photo Credit: Matthew Maizels; Traveling Players Ensemble's Traveling Troupe performs Macbeth at Colonial Williamsburg in 2009.

On behalf of Fairfax County, the Arts Council awards $490,981 in grants to arts organizations and individual artists in the County.

In FY13, the total dollar amount requested by Fairfax County arts groups was $1,241,553. The Arts Council…

  • Awarded 63 grants to 46 arts organizations and 3 individual artists.
  • Funded over 2600 performances and activities,
  • Attended by over 1.2 million people.


In 2006, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established a community funding pool for arts and cultural organizations serving citizens of Fairfax County through a grant to the Arts Council of Fairfax County. As a result, the Arts Council awards $500,000 yearly to support Fairfax County artists and arts organizations. For more information or if you have specific questions, contact our Grants Manager at (703) 642-0862, ext. 1.


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 Fellowship Grants.

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 Manager at 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.


Information for Grant Applicants

The Arts Council of Fairfax County offers three grant programs for arts organizations: Operating Support, Project Support and Organizational Development. The Arts Council offers one grant program, the Strauss Artist Awards, for individual artists.

Operating Support Grants

Operating Support grants provide funds for the basic operation of arts organizations in Fairfax County in recognition of the valuable programs and services they provide to County residents. Operating grants also contribute to the stability of these organizations.

Organizational and Professional Development Grants

Organizational and Professional Development grants fund the business aspect of the arts for arts organizations. Possible projects include staff training and organizational capacity building including financial management, board development and strategic planning.

Project Support Grants

Project Support grants are non-recurring grants used to support arts organizations in providing activities that engage new audiences in the arts and contribute to the vibrancy and quality of life in Fairfax County. These grants will not fund operating expenses.

Strauss Artist Awards

WilliamStraussNamed for Bill Strauss (1947-2007), gifted writer, co-founder of the Capitol Steps and the Cappies, the Strauss Artist Awards support and encourage Fairfax County’s finest creative artists in all disciplines and recognize professional working artists’ achievements and their demonstrated history of accomplishments; they promote artists’ continued pursuit of their creative work.

Uphoff Scholarships

The Uphoff Scholarships are embedded in the selection process of the Silver and Gold Key Scholastic Competition program for Fairfax County school students. Howard Uphoff established this scholarship fund to assist high school students in the fulfillment of their dream for artistic training


These grant applications are from previous fiscal years and meant as a reference tool for future applicants.
FY14 Strauss Fellowship Grant Application & Guidelines (Word)
FY14 Project Support Guidelines & Application
FY14 Organizational and Professional Development Grant Guidelines and Application (Word)
FY12 Operating Support Grant Guidelines and Application

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

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

Contact Us

To contact Lisa Mariam, Grants Manager, send an e-mail to or by phone at (703) 642-0862 x1.

To contact Rachelle Etienne-Robinson, Grants Assistant, send an e-mail to or by phone at (703) 642-0862 x6.


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