Fairfax County, VA – ArtsFairfax announces $441,900 in Operating Support Grant funding to 40 arts organizations in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church. The Operating Support Grant is ArtsFairfax’s largest grant program providing Fairfax nonprofits with essential flexible funds to strengthen and sustain arts organizations.
“The past year has created an unprecedented hardship for arts organizations and artists,” said Linda S. Sullivan, President & CEO of ArtsFairfax. “The Operating Support Grant provides arts organizations with critically needed funding for basic operations – funding that helps keeps the doors open – as they develop artistic programming for audiences return.”
ArtsFairfax Operating Support Grants are a cultural investment that supports a range of organizations from volunteer-driven programs to larger established institutions. For the Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Support Grant cycle, ArtsFairfax received applications requesting over $937,000 in operating support funding.
“The pandemic and the subsequent economic crisis and social justice movement catalyzed several changes and modifications to the Operating Support program,” said Sullivan. “The Operating Support Grant application increased its focus on Fairfax County’s One Fairfax policy goals to better understand how organizations are intentionally incorporating equity, diversity, access, and inclusion in their operations, programs, and services.”
Additionally, ArtsFairfax recognized the administrative burden placed on smaller organizations and streamlined the application to offer a short form. ArtsFairfax waved the matching requirement for the Operating Support Grant for Fiscal Year 2022 and increased the minimum grant to $1,000.
ArtsFairfax implements national best practices within our grantmaking process. Operating Support applications were reviewed by panelists experienced in arts education, theatre, visual arts, music, dance, and arts administration.
“Fairfax County residents benefit from a dynamic and diverse arts sector. To sustain and grow our cultural capital over the long-term requires a consistent source of public and private funds. ArtsFairfax’s Operating Support Grants are a direct investment in our community ensuring that the arts remain centerpieces and economic engines in our community,” said Sullivan.
ArtsFairfax congratulates the following Operating Support grant recipients:
Acting For Young People
American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras
BalletNova Center for Dance
Cappies of the National Capitol Area (Cappies NCA)
City of Fairfax Band Association
Gin Dance Company
McLean Project for the Arts (MPA)
Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre
Music for Life
New Dominion Chorale
NextStop Theatre Company
Northern Virginia Players
Providence Players of Fairfax
Public Art Reston
Reston Chamber Orchestra Trust
Reston Community Players
Reunion Music Society, Inc.
The Choralis Foundation
The City of Fairfax Theatre Company
The Fairfax Ballet Company
The McLean Symphony
The Northern Virginia Chorale
The Reston Chorale
The Vienna Jammers Percussion Ensemble, Inc.
Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art
Traveling Players Ensemble, Inc.
Vienna Arts Society
Vienna Choral Society
Vienna-Falls Chorus of Sweet Adelines
Vienna Community Band
Virginia Chamber Orchestra
Virginia Winds Academy
Voce, Inc. (Voce Chamber Singers)
Workhouse Arts Foundation
ArtsFairfax is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, incorporated in 1964, as Fairfax County’s designated local arts agency. ArtsFairfax is funded in part by Fairfax County, corporations, foundations, individuals, Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.