Artist Grants


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

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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


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 panel meetings where each application is discussed and rated are 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 application deadline. Apply here.
  • February 19-21, 2020: Artist Grant panels.
  • March 2020: Artist Grant 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