Grant Programs Timelines

Workshop Date
Jan. 5, 2018
Mar. 14, 2018
July 31, 2018
Nov. 15, 2017
Feb. 15, 2018
May 23, 2018
Sep. 5, 2018
Jan. 10, 2018
Panel Date
Apr. 18-20, 2018
July 18-19, 2018
Oct. 24, 2018
Feb. 21-22, 2018
Who Can Apply?
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Arts Organizations
Individual Artists
Within 30 days
July 2018
Sep. 2018
Dec. 2018
May 2018

Grant Programs


The Arts Council awards grants to 501(3)(c) nonprofit arts organizations incorporated and doing business in Fairfax County. Individuals and unincorporated groups may not apply but an eligible nonprofit organization, known as a fiscal sponsor, may apply on behalf of an individual or unincorporated group in certain grant categories. Please see program specific guidelines and applications for detailed eligiblity criteria. Individual artists residing in Fairfax County are also eligible to apply for Strauss Artist Grants.

Online Application Process

The Arts Council uses an online application system for all grants programs. We are providing training on the new system to prospective applicants throughout the various grants cycles.

Apply Online

Review Process

The Arts Council uses a multi-step process involving staff, peer review panels, a grants committee, and the full Board of Directors.

The Arts Council’s staff verify applicant eligibility and review application materials for completeness. In each program category, peer review panel(s) convene with staff and grants committee representative present. Each year, over 25 people volunteer their time and expertise to help the Arts Council fairly and openly distribute public funds to arts organizations. The panel is composed of a diverse group of arts professionals from throughout the region with relevant and specific expertise. The Arts Council  accepts nominations for panelists from the general public. To nominate an individual for panel service consideration, please send a resume and letter of interest to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The panel ratings form the basis for  funding recommendations from the Grants Committee to the full Board of Directors. Applications are evaluated according to artistic merit, organizational effectiveness, community outreach, and appropriateness of the budget.

Final Reports

Final Reports for Operating Support, Project Support, and Organizational and Professional Development grants are due August 1.  Fast Track and Strauss Artist grant final reports are due as specified in the guidelines.  Reporting forms must be completed online.



Grant Applications Guidelines

Grant guidelines are updated regularly and previous fiscal years are provided as a reference tool for future applicants.

FY19 Operating Support Grant Guidelines (pdf)

FY18 Strauss Artist Grant Guidelines (pdf)

FY18 Organizational and Professional Development Guidelines (pdf)

FY19 Project Support Grant Guidelines (pdf)

FY18 Fast Track Grant Guidelines (pdf)


 Additional Materials

Applicants can download these documents to prepare themselves for the application process.

FY19 Operating Support Grant Workshop (1/5/18; pdf)

FY19 Operating Support Grant Submittable Online Application Instructions - Part 1 (1/5/18; pdf)

FY19 Operating Support Grant Submittable Online Application Instructions - Part 2 (1/5/18; pdf)

FY18 Strauss Artist Grant Online Application Instructions (11/16/17; pdf)

FY18 Strauss Artist Grant Workshop (11/16/17; pdf)

Audience Survey Template for Organizations (9/14/17; doc)

FY18 Organizational & Professional Development Workshop (8/2/17; pdf)

FY18 O&PD Online Application Instructions - Submittable

FY18 Project Support Workshop (3/8/17; pdf)

Budget Webinar Presentation (4/29/15; pdf)


Sample Applications

Below are sample applications from past grant recipients.

FY17 Organizational and Professional Development Grant - Choralis

FY17 Operating Support Grant - Vienna Choral Society
FY17 Project Support Grant - Wolf Trap

FY16 Organizational & Professional Development Grant - Workhouse Arts Center

FY16 Organizational & Professional Development Grant - Traveling Players Ensemble

FY16 Project Support Grant - Mosaic Harmony                                                                                                                                                                                                                       FY FY16 Project Support Grant - Greater Reston Art Center                                                                                                                                                                                                        FY16 FY16 Project Support Grant - Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

FY15 Strauss Artist Grant - K. Horrigan & A. Garcia                                                                                                                                                                                                              FY15 FY15 Strauss Artist Grant - A. Watson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 FY15 FY15 Strauss Artist Grant - A. Yoder

Fast Track Grant Application Sample

Fast Track Grant - Vienna Jammers

Final Reports

FY18 reporting forms will be completed online.


Lisa Mariam, Director of Grants and Services
(703) 642-0862 x1

Rachelle Etienne-Robinson, Grants Manager
(703) 642-0862 x6.

Arts Council of Fairfax County
2667 Prosperity Avenue, Suite A
Fairfax, VA 22031
Office Hours: Mon - Fri from 9:00AM - 5:30PM
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