ArtsFairfax Awards Over $590,000 to  Fairfax Arts & Culture Organizations   

ArtsFairfax Awards Over $590,000 to  Fairfax Arts & Culture Organizations   

ArtsFairfax Awards Over $590,000 to  Fairfax Arts & Culture Organizations   

Fairfax, VA (August 15, 2023) – ArtsFairfax, the nonprofit designated as Fairfax County’s local arts agency, today announces over $590,000 awarded in Operating Support Grants to 50 nonprofit arts and culture organizations based in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church.

Operating Support Grants are foundational to the stability of Fairfax nonprofit arts and culture organizations by providing County funds, distributed by ArtsFairfax, for the basic operation of invaluable programs, services, and facilities these organizations provide to Fairfax County area residents.

“ArtsFairfax received a record high number of Operating Support Grant applicants, in part because of our constant communication with grantees to understand their needs and make arts funding more accessible throughout the creative community” says Linda Sullivan, ArtsFairfax President & CEO.

New for Fiscal Year 2024, the minimum eligible budget was lowered to $5,000 to allow more organizations to apply. Additionally, in recognition of the rising costs of labor and materials, small organizations were able to apply for 25% of their eligible operating expenses (as opposed to a limit of 15% as in previous years), and for all organizations, the maximum allowed request was raised from $50,000 to $60,000.

Though the County allocation for arts grants remained flat from last year, the distribution of existing funds increased by 35.5% in support of nonprofit operating expenses.  


FY24 ArtsFairfax Operating Support Grants by the Numbers   

  • $591,786 awarded to 50 organizations  
  • 74% female leadership 
  • 44% small budgets under $100K 
  • 28% BIPOC leadership 
  • 12% veteran leadership 

Applications are reviewed and scored by an independent grant panel comprised of local professionals with expertise in various arts disciplines, knowledge of arts management, and/or knowledge of the Fairfax community. To ensure transparency of ArtsFairfax grantmaking practices, all panel reviews are made accessible to the applicants and general public.  

Fiscal Year 2024 Operating Support Grantees


Organization District Discipline
1st Stage Providence Theater
Amadeus Concerts Dranesville Instrumental Music
American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras Mason Arts Education
Artisans United, Inc. Mason Visual Arts
Artists in Motion / Alchemy Ballet Dranesville Dance
BalletNova Center for Dance Mason Dance
Cappies NCA Dranesville Theater
City of Fairfax Band Association, Inc. City of Fairfax Instrumental Music
City of Fairfax Theatre Company City of Fairfax Theater
Creative Cauldron City of Falls Church Theater
Daily Poetry Association Braddock Literature
DanceArtTheater Braddock Dance
Fairfax Jubil-Aires Springfield Vocal Music/Opera
Fall for the Book, Inc Braddock Literature
Falls Church Arts, Inc. City of Falls Church Visual Arts
Gin Dance Company Hunter Mill Dance
Greater Washington Chinese Dance Dranesville Dance
IACC Providence Multidisciplinary/Arts Services
Jazz4Justice City of Fairfax Instrumental Music
McLean Community Players Dranesville Theater
McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) Dranesville Visual Arts
Mosaic Harmony Providence Vocal Music/Opera
Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre Mount Vernon Theater
Music for Life Braddock Instrumental Music
National Concert Band of America Mount Vernon Instrumental Music
New Dominion Chorale Dranesville Vocal Music/Opera
NextStop Theatre Company Dranesville Theater
Northern Virginia Chorale Braddock Vocal Music/Opera
Novasian Chorus Inc. Sully Vocal Music/Opera
Providence Players of Fairfax Providence Theater
Public Art Reston Hunter Mill Visual Arts
Reston Community Orchestra Hunter Mill Instrumental Music
Reston Community Players Dranesville Theater
The Choralis Foundation Hunter Mill Vocal Music/Opera
The Fairfax Ballet Company Sully Dance
Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art Hunter Mill Visual Arts
The Reston Chorale Hunter Mill Vocal Music/Opera
The Vienna Jammers Percussion Ensemble, Inc. Hunter Mill Instrumental Music
Traveling Players Ensemble, Inc. Dranesville Arts Education
Vienna Arts Society Hunter Mill Visual Arts
Vienna Choral Society Hunter Mill Vocal Music/Opera
Vienna Community Band, Inc. Providence Instrumental Music
Vienna Falls Chorus Sweet Adelines International Providence Vocal Music/Opera
Virginia Bronze Handbell Ringers of Northern Virginia Franconia Instrumental Music
Virginia Chamber Orchestra Dranesville Instrumental Music
Virginia Winds Academy, Inc. Springfield Arts Education
Washington West International Film Festival Hunter Mill Film
We Rock Cancer Dranesville Vocal Music/Opera
Woodbridge Flute Choir Springfield Instrumental Music
Workhouse Arts Center Mount Vernon Multidisciplinary/Arts Services


About ArtsFairfax  

ArtsFairfax is the nonprofit designated as Fairfax County’s local arts agency. Dedicated to the belief that arts are essential to a thriving community, the ArtsFairfax mission is to expand support for and access to arts and culture opportunities for the more than 1.2 million residents across Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church. By offering informational, financial, and programmatic services, ArtsFairfax promotes the role of arts and culture to deepen social engagement, create a sense of place, and fuel economic growth. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) since 1964, ArtsFairfax provides these services to all who contribute to and experience arts in Fairfax County, and is funded in part by the County, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as corporations, foundations, and individuals. 


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