Grant Programs Timelines

Workshop Date
Jan. 6, 2016
Mar. 9, 2016
Aug. 3, 2016
Nov. 16, 2016
Application Deadline Date
Feb. 17, 2016
May 25, 2016
Sep. 7, 2016
Jan. 11, 2017
Panel Date
Apr. 13-14, 2016
Jul. 19-22, 2016
Oct. 26, 2016
Feb. 22-23, 2017
Who Can Apply?
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Individual Artists
Award Announcement
Within 30 days
Jun. 2016
Sep. 2016
Dec. 2016
Mar. 2017

Grant Programs

Please note that there will be a shift in deadlines for fiscal year 2018 grants.  Operating Support Grant applications will be due February 15, 2017 and the Project Support Grant application deadline is May 24, 2017.


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 uses 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.

Final Reports

FY16 Final Reports for Operating Support, Project Support, and Organizational and Professional Development grants are due August 1.  Fast Track and Strauss Artist grant final reports are due as specified in the guidelines.  Reporting forms must be completed online.


Please note the FY16 Final Reports have changed significantly. Please allow sufficient time to complete them.


Grant Applications Guidelines

Grant guidelines are updated regularly and previous fiscal years are provided as a reference tool for future applicants.

FY16 Strauss Artist Grant Guidelines (pdf)

FY17 Fast Track Grant Guidelines (pdf)

FY17 Project Support Guidelines (pdf)

FY17 Operating Support Grant Guidelines (pdf)

FY17 Organizational and Professional Development Guidelines (pdf)

Additional Materials

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

FY16 Operating Support Final Report Form (5/16/2016; pdf)

FY16 Final Reports Webinar (5/18/2016; pdf)

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

FY17 Organizational & Professional Development Workshop (8/3/2016; pdf)

FY17 Operating Support Workshop (3/9/16; pdf)

Online Application Instructions (3/9/16; pdf)

FY17 Project Support Workshop (1/6/2016; pdf)

Budget Webinar Presentation (4/29/15; pdf)

Sample Applications

Below are sample applications from past grant recipients.

FY16 Organizational & Professional Development Grant - Workhouse Arts Center

FY16 OrOrganizational & Professional Development Grant - Traveling Players Ensemble

FY16 Project Support Grant - Mosaic Harmony                                                                                                                                                                                                                       FY FY16 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

Fast Track Grant Application Sample

Fast Track Grant - Vienna Jammers

Final Reports

FY16 reporting forms will be completed online.


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
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