Grant Workshops

Project Support Cultural Diversity Category Grant Workshop
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 12pm to 1:30pm
Where: Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce, 7925 Jones Branch Drive, Suite LL210, Tysons, VA 22102
Please note that you will have to take the elevator down one level after entering the building at 7925 Jones Branch Drive.  Don’t forget to bring your own lunch!

Strauss Artist Award Workshop (Webinar)
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Grant Deadlines

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

FY16 Project Support Application Deadline
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

FY16 Operating Support Application Deadline
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FY16 Organizational and Professional Development Application Deadline
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

FY16 Strauss Artist Grant Application Deadline
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Fast Track Grant Application Deadline
Applications will be accepted until available funds are expended.


Download Application

The grant application process is being moved online. See resource section for guidelines until new on line system is live.

Fast Track Grants Program Application

Download Application

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.

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 Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">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.


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
Click here for directions.