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. Contact ARTSFAIRFAX Staff Rolling N/A Within 30 Days
Operating Support Fund arts organizations’ basic operational needs. January 14, 2020 February 26, 2020 May 12-14, 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. Postponed/
Date TBD
Postponed/Date TBD July 15-16, 2020 October 2020
Organizational and Professional Development Fund activities that improve organizational management. July 30, 2020 Next Step Letter of Intent August 31, 2020
Application September 28, 2020
October 30, 2020 December 2020
Artist Grant and Poet Laureate Recognize individual artists and poets for outstanding accomplishments November 13, 2019 January 9, 2020 February 19 – 21, 2020 April 2020

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

Grant panels are open to the public. We strongly encourage applicants and those wishing to observe the panel review process to attend. Applicants are notified of the time and location of the grant panel during which their application will be reviewed upon receipt of their application.


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.