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Individual Artist Grant

Grants to Arlington County, Virginia
Artists to Support Innovative Projects

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Arlington Commission for the Arts and Arlington Cultural Affairs Division (CAD)

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02/09/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of $5,000 to Arlington County, Virginia individual artists to support new and innovative projects. Applicants are required to attend the November 18 workshop; registration will close on November 17. A public preservation component is required. This program seeks to support projects that meet the following criteria:

-Increase access to and engagement in the arts
-Foster excellence and diversity of arts and culture in Arlington
-Have significant impact on the community or meet a need in Arlington
-Result in distinctive, high quality and meaningful cultural experiences in Arlington

At least one public presentation or performance that is directly related to the funded project must take place in Arlington during the grant period. The presentation(s) may be artist talks, exhibitions, outreach activities, educational seminars, or other activities as deemed appropriate by the Commission.

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GrantWatch ID#: 138104

Estimated Size of Grant:

This grant provides $5,000 in direct financial support.

Term of Contract:

The grant period for this award is July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive a FY 2019 Individual Artist Grant, an applicant must:
1. Be a practicing artist who has: a. publicly given, performed or exhibited works at least twice in the past three calendar years, or; b. had written or composed works read or performed at least twice in the past three calendar years;
2. Be a legal resident of Arlington County for at least one year prior to the application deadline;
3. Be seeking funds for a specific project that results in the provision of an artistic product or service that benefits the public; and,
4. Be at least 18 years of age.

An applicant may not:
1. Have received an arts grant for financial support from Arlington County within the prior two grant periods;
2. Have violated any requirements or conditions imposed by the Commission in any previous grant period;
3. Be employed by an organization applying for a FY 2019 Project Grant and/or a FY 2019 Space & Services Grant; or,
4. Apply for support of a project that is being done as part of a degree requirement for an educational program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Individual Artist Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017, 3:00 - 4:30 PM.

The workshop is required for all individual artists who are considering applying for an Arlington Commission for the Arts Individual Artist Grant. Artists should plan to attend to learn about the grant programs, eligibility requirements, how to apply, and the grant review and award notification processes. Registration is required. Due to limited capacity, each artist is asked to only register for one workshop.

The workshop will begin promptly at 3:00 PM. Please use the Cultural Affairs entrance on the south side of the building and leave time to sign-in and obtain a parking pass that you will have to put in your car. Parking is limited at 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive. Additional parking may be found in Shirlington Village, a 10 minute walk from Cultural Affairs.

Registration is required and space is limited. Registration for this workshop will close Friday, November 17, 2017, at 12:00 PM.

Pre-Application Information:

Submit an Intent to Apply via email by Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

The purpose of the Intent to Apply Application is to determine if you are eligible to apply for a FY 2019 Individual Artist Grant. Eligibility to apply does not guarantee that a grant will be awarded. Intent to Apply Applications submitted before an applicant has attended a workshop will not be accepted.

Applicants will be notified of their eligibility determination by Friday, December 8, 2017. Eligible applicants will receive a web link to the Individual Artist Grant application and a unique code that must be entered when completing the application.

The application is due Friday, February 9, 2018, at 5:00 PM.

The Commission considers and approves the recommendations at its May 24, 2018 Commission meeting.

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, the Grants Office sends an Award Notification Packet to all applicants notifying them if the Commission is recommending them to the Arlington County Board for a grant.

Applicants receiving awards must submit all documents outlined in the Award Notification Packet by Friday, June 22, 2018, at 5:00 PM.

The Commission’s final recommendations are forwarded to the County Board. The County Board reviews the Commission’s recommendations and makes its final award determination at its July 2018 County Board Meeting.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

RSVP to the November 18 Individual Artist Workshop:

Direct any questions to the Grants Office at

Arlington Commission for the Arts
Arlington Cultural Affairs Division
Arts Grants Office
1100 N Glebe Rd, #1500
Arlington, VA 22201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: Arlington County