Artist Grants and Fairfax Poet Laureate


Artist Grants
Artist Grants recognize Fairfax County artist’s individual achievements and demonstrated history of accomplishments. Awards are $5,000 each.

Fairfax Poet Laureate Grant
The Poet Laureate recognizes a professional poet’s achievements and their demonstrated history of accomplishments. It promotes their continued pursuit of their creative work, as well as community engagement in poetry. The Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term (April 1, 2020-March 30, 2022) and will be awarded $5,000 for each year.

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Artists residing in Fairfax County may apply. ARTSFAIRFAX awards this grant to artists in all disciplines, including:

  • Choreography
  • Creative writing
  • Dance performance
  • Film & new media
  • Music composition
  • Music performance
  • Theater performance
  • Visual arts
  • Poet Laureate (Please refer to the Poet Laureate Guidelines for specific eligibility criteria)


Application Review Process

Artist Grants are awarded through a competitive process. Staff review each application to ensure its completeness and the applicant’s eligibility. Then, applications are reviewed by panels composed of arts professionals with experience in a variety of disciplines.

The Poet Laureate is also a competitive process with separate guidelines, application and panel.

The panel process for both programs is the same with each application reviewed in a meeting open to the public, and applicants are encouraged to attend and observe. Following the panel meetings, the Grants Committee, a standing committee including members of the ARTSFAIRFAX Board of Directors, makes funding recommendations based upon the panel’s scores for approval by the ARTSFAIRFAX Board of Directors.

key dates

  • November 13, 2019: Artist Grant Workshop.
  • January 9, 2020: Artist Grant and Poet Laureate application deadline. Apply here.
  • February 19-20, 2020: Artist Grant panels; February 21, Poet Laureate Panel
  • April 2020: Artist Grant and Poet Laureate announcement.

Additional Resources

Image Caption: Even in a region as rich in culture as this one, artists still struggle for recognition and support. ARTSFAIRFAX’s Strauss Fellowships honor and nurture this county’s exceptional artists. With these awards, artists can refine their skills and add their work to the vibrant legacy of American artists in dance, music, film, visual arts and other disciplines.

Credit: Yuriko Yamaguchi, Fire & Water