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ArtsFairfax Grants

ArtsFairfax provides critical funding to Fairfax County’s nonprofit arts sector. We distribute County funds through a competitive and transparent process according to best practices in grantmaking. ArtsFairfax continues to build community relationships to increase engagement with historically undeserved groups and first-time applicants.  


ArtsFairfax Impact 

On average, we fund over 25% of the County’s nonprofit arts sector, or more than 60 organizations, annually. These funds make it possible for ArtsFairfax grantees to present over 20,000 programs serving over 600,000 attendees.  


Arts Recovery 

ArtsFairfax has also provided emergency relief funding in response to the pandemic shutdowns. In FY22, we distributed over $100K as Arts Ignite Recovery grants for projects to reengage the community in the arts.  In FY21, we awarded over $100K in County funds and $30K in private support as Emergency Relief and Recovery grants. 


Arts Grants Opportunities: 


Grants 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.

Grants 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.

Jackie Dubin

Grants Manager