Emergency Relief and Recovery Grant


The Emergency Relief and Recovery Grant Program responds to the COVID-19 crisis by providing support to arts organizations and artists as they adjust to losses sustained because of programming and/or operations that have been modified or cancelled.

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Nonprofit arts organizations based in Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, and City of Falls Church including umbrella organizations with arts divisions and departments 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.

Individual artists residing in Fairfax County with an active record of professional activity who derive income from their work are eligible.


Application Review Process

All eligible applications for the Emergency Relief and Recovery Grant Program are evaluated by panel review. In-person panel meetings are open to the public and applicants will be notified of the schedule for the panel meeting and are encouraged to attend. If necessary, panel meetings may be held on-line.  Virtual panels will not be open to applicants for observation; however, staff notes summarizing the discussion and comments will be available.

Following the panel meetings, the Grants Committee, an ARTSFAIRFAX standing committee including members of the ARTSFAIRFAX Board of Directors, makes funding recommendations based upon the panel’s scores for final approval by the ARTSFAIRFAX Board of Directors.



key dates for second round for individual artists

  • October 1, 2020: Application Opens
  • October 12, 2020: Information Session
  • October 30, 2020: Application Deadline
  • November 5, 2020: Panel Meetings
  • December 2020: Announcement

Additional Resources

Image Caption: Fairfax County cultural capital begins with increasing an appreciation of the arts, building future audiences and nurturing the next generation of dancers, writers and other artists.  ARTSFAIRFAX Project Support Grants invest in programs and projects that meet these needs.  With its grant, BalletNOVA multiplied the impact of its classical ballet performances by integrating them into a curriculum of a multi-week dance residency for elementary school children.