ArtsFairfax awards grants to nonprofit arts organizations, including cultural groups, based in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, or the City of Falls Church. We provide critical funding through a competitive and transparent process according to best practices in grantmaking.
Current ArtsFairfax Grant Opportunities
As ArtsFairfax’s newest grant program, Ticket Subsidy Grants will fund free and reduced-price tickets, tuition, and transportation for performances, workshops, classes, and camps for people who may not have regular opportunities to experience the arts.
Applicants may request up to $5,000 for activities taking place before June 30, 2023. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until available funds are expended.
ArtsFairfax will distribute $170,000 in Pandemic Recovery Grants to both established and emerging arts and culture groups impacted by COVID-19.
Since 2020, ArtsFairfax has provided emergency relief funding in response to pandemic shutdowns. In FY21, ArtsFairfax awarded Emergency Relief and Recovery Grants totaling over $100K in County funds and $30K in private support. In FY22, we distributed over $100K as Arts Ignite Recovery Grants for projects to reengage the community in the arts.
Additional FY24 funding opportunities will be announced in Spring 2023.
Recurring ArtsFairfax Grant Opportunities
As ArtsFairfax’s largest grant program, Operating Support Grants promote organizational stability by providing arts organizations with the resources to become more resilient, adaptable, and nimble for sustainability, change, and growth.
Project Support Grants are awarded in four grant subcategories–Arts in Education, Opportunity, Partnerships, and Arts Access–to serve the artistic and cultural needs of Fairfax County residents.
Applications for FY24 Project Support Grants opens June 27, 2023.
Fairfax County’s One Fairfax Policy
ArtsFairfax embraces the County’s One Fairfax racial and social equity policy. Artists and arts organizations receiving ArtsFairfax Grants must intentionally examine their operations, programs, and services and incorporate diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in decision-making, development, and deployment of policies, programs, and services.
Calls for Panelists
All eligible grant applications are evaluated by panel review. ArtsFairfax selects experienced arts professionals in all disciplines to review grant applications.