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 25% of general operating expenses for Small Organizations and up to 15% for Large Organizations.  


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 9, 2023 FY24 Operating Support Grant application opens. Information Session at 12:00 PM.  
  • April 24, 2023 Operating Support Grants application deadline.
  • June 7, 8, and 9, 2023 Operating Support Grants review panels.
  • August 2023 FY24 Award announcement.
  • August 1, 2023 Final reports due for organizations awarded FY 2023. Reports must be completed online on our Submittable page.
  • August 1, 2024 Final reports due for organizations awarded FY 2024.

Operating Support Grants Application Downloads and Resources