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.

ArtsFairfax awards over $500K annually in Operating Support Grants to arts organizations of all disciplines for up to 15% of their general operating expenses 


Through the Operating Support Grant Program, ArtsFairfax seeks:

  • To provide support for established and emerging arts organizations.
  • To encourage wide participation in the arts by expanding exposure to, and incorporating Fairfax County’s diverse voices and traditions in cultural programming that is available to all residents of Fairfax County;
  • To promote opportunities for a diversity of cultural workers, leaders, individual artists, and arts organizations to create, present, and celebrate their artistic endeavors and traditions;
  • To be a catalyst for increased resiliency, transformation, and expanded resources to support arts organizations 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 at noon: FY 2023 Operating Support Grants Information Session. Applications open.
  • March 10, 2022 at noon: Grants Financials Webinar
  • 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