ArtsFairfax awards grants to nonprofit arts organizations, including cultural arts 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.
Operating Support Grants maintain organizational stability as a platform for becoming more resilient, adaptable, and nimble for sustainability, change, and growth. As ArtsFairfax’s largest grant program, Operating Support Grants generate recognition for a broad spectrum of the County’s cultural organizations.
Project Support Grants are awarded in four grant subcategories, including Arts in Education, Opportunity, Partnerships, and Arts Access. These grants encourage the development and advancement of the arts in Fairfax County while serving the artistic and cultural needs of Fairfax County residents.
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.
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 equity, diversity, access, and inclusion in decision-making, development, and deployment of policies, programs, and services.
All eligible grant applications are evaluated by panel review. ArtsFairfax selects experienced arts professionals in all disciplines, without conflict of interest, to review grant applications.