ARTSFAIRFAX’s wide-ranging grant programs strengthen Fairfax County organizations, support and honor Fairfax artists, cultivate creativity, encourage equitable access to county-wide artistic experiences, and mobilize the arts as tools for ensuring a creative economy. Each year on behalf of Fairfax County, ARTSFAIRFAX awards approximately $500,000 through five grant programs that serve all arts disciplines.

Grant Programs Overview and Timeline

Grant Program Description of grant program Grant Information Session date Application deadline Grant Panel Date(s) Announcement
Fast Track Fund one-time unforeseen needs or activities for arts organizations that fall outside the regular cycle or scope of ARTSFAIRFAX grants. Suspended for FY21 Suspended for FY21
Operating Support Fund arts organizations’ basic operational needs. January 14, 2020 February 26, 2020 May 12-14, 2020 August 2020
Emergency Relief and Recovery Grant FY 2021 Supports arts organizations and artists as they adjust to losses sustained due to programming and/or operations that have been modified or suspended as a result of COVID-19/ June 3, 2020 June 29, 2020 July 29-30, 2020 August 2020
Project Support Project Support grants fund programs and activities that engage new audiences in the arts and contribute to community arts activities in Fairfax County. Suspended for FY21 Suspended for FY21
Organizational and Professional Development Fund activities that improve organizational management. Suspended for FY21 Suspended for FY21
Artist Grant and Poet Laureate Recognize individual artists and poets for outstanding accomplishments Suspended for FY21 Suspended for FY21

Grant Information Sessions

ARTSFAIRFAX conducts free grant preparation information sessions for prospective applicants to learn about our funding opportunities and how to submit an application. We invite non-profit arts organizations and individual artists located within Fairfax County to attend one of the grant information session to learn more.  Email us to receive more information about upcoming Grant Information Sessions or to sign up to attend a session.

Grant Panels

All eligible grant applications 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.


Grant Panelists

ARTSFAIRFAX selects experienced arts professionals in all disciplines, without conflict of interest, to review grant applications. ARTSFAIRFAX is seeking panelists to review grant applications. Email us to learn more about the panel process and how to become a panelist.