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Arts Ignite Recovery Grants

Arts Ignite Recovery Grants (AIR) are non-recurring grants to support eligible nonprofit arts organizations, both established and developing, in providing activities that engage diverse audiences and create arts opportunities in underserved areas of the county. By doing so, these grants revitalize Fairfax County residents’ participation in the arts, rebuild programming capacity of arts organizations, and nurture new creative collaborations.


FY22 AIR Grants Recipients:

  • 1st Stage
  • American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO)
  • Community Art for Everyone
  • Creative Cauldron
  • Elden Street Players, Inc (d.b.aNextStop Theatre Company)
  • Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO)
  • Gin Dance Company
  • Icebox Collective
  • McLean Project for the Arts (MPA)
  • Mt. Vernon Community Children’s Theatre
  • Music for Life
  • Public Art Reston


FY 22 AIR Grants Information Session Recording



Nonprofit arts organizations based in Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, and City of Falls Church including arts divisions and departments of umbrella organizations are eligible. Organizations receiving line-item funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as schools or departments of state universities, Fairfax County Government departments, divisions, and agencies, and their affiliated foundations and fundraising entities, are not eligible for these ArtsFairfax grants.

Arts Disciplines including arts education, choral/vocal music/opera, dance, film/digital, instrumental music, literary arts, multidisciplinary/arts services, theatre, and visual arts are encouraged to apply as well as culturally specific groups including African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American.

Key Dates

June 8, 2021 Grant Application opens and Information Session
July 21, 2021 Application Deadline
September 1-2, 2021 Panel Meetings
October 2021 Award Announcement
March 31 2022 Interim Report Due
August 1, 2022 Final Reports from organizations awarded FY 2022 AIR Grants are due via Submittable

Jackie Dubin

Grants Manager