Grant Programs Timelines

Workshop Date
Application Deadline Date
Closed for FY15
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

Operating Support Grants

The Operating Support Grant application deadline is May 27 , 2015.
The purpose of Operating Support Grants Program is to maintain stability and encourage the development and advancement of the arts in Fairfax County while serving the artistic and cultural needs of Fairfax County residents and their families.

Through the Operating Support Grant Program, the Arts Council of Fairfax County seeks:

  • To encourage wide participation in the arts through diverse cultural programming available to all residents of Fairfax County.
  • To provide support for established arts organizations and the development of new organizations;
  • To promote opportunities for individual artists and arts organizations of all disciplines to create, present, and celebrate their artistic endeavors;
  • To be a catalyst for increased private sector support for arts organizations through leveraged public funding;

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The grant application process has been moved online!

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Fast Track Grant Application

Fast Track Grants are non-matching grants to Fairfax County arts organizations to fund one-time events or activities that fall outside the regular cycle or scope of Arts Council grants.
We are no longer accepting applications for FY15 at this time.  Please check back in FY16 (July 1, 2015)

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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 to prospective applicants throughout the various grants cycles.
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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.

FY15 Strauss Artist Grant 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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