Operating Support Grants

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Operating Support Grants

ArtsFairfax Operating Support advances the arts in Fairfax County by supporting the goals and objectives of the County’s arts organizations, helping them maintain and develop their programs, services, and facilities. Operating Support Grants are awarded annually to arts organizations of all disciplines for up to 15% of their general operating expenses 


The ArtsFairfax Operating Support Grant Program seeks to:

  • Provide support for established and emerging arts organizations;
  • Encourage wide participation in the arts by expanding exposure to Fairfax County’s diverse voices and traditions in cultural programming;
  • Promote opportunities for a diversity of cultural workers, leaders, individual artists, and arts organizations to create, present, and celebrate their artistic endeavors and traditions; and
  • Serve as a catalyst for increased resiliency, transformation, and expanded resources through public funding.


Nonprofit arts organizations based in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, or the City of Falls Church are eligible to apply for Operating Support Grants to support basic operations.

Key Dates

  • March 3, 2022 FY 2023 Operating Support Grants Information Session. Applications open at 12:00 PM.
  • March 10, 2022 Grants Financials Webinar at 12:00 PM
  • April 14, 2022 Operating Support Grants application deadline.
  • May 11-13, 2022 Operating Support Grants panels.
  • August 2022 Operating Support Grants announcement.
  • August 1, 2022 Final reports from organizations awarded FY 2022 Operating Support Grants are due. Reporting forms must be completed online on our Submittable page.
  • August 1, 2023 Final reports from organizations awarded FY 2023 Operating Support Grants are due.

FY 23 Operating Support Grants Information Session Recording

FY23 Financials Webinar Recording

Jackie Dubin

Grants Manager