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Grants to Portsmouth, Virginia Nonprofits
for Arts and Humanities Activities

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City of Portsmouth - Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission

Deadline Date:

01/14/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Portsmouth, Virginia nonprofit organizations for public arts and humanities programs, projects, and activities. Funding is intended to expand arts and humanities opportunities for local residents, to help organizations present and create their work, and for program expansion and development.

Every Project Grant Application must have a direct relationship to a public-oriented activity such as: a performance, exhibition, film, video production or presentation, outreach program, or hosting a workshop, seminar, class, or lecture series, and other activities to be determined by the Commission. 

The Commission views its financial assistance as that of a catalyst; helping to augment and strengthen private support of the arts. 

Eligible Activities: 

Includes but not limited to projects, programs, exhibits and/ or performances:

  • In the arts or humanities 
  • Taking place within the City of Portsmouth or that directly impact Portsmouth citizens 
  • Commission or purchase of new works of art 
  • Outreach programs for special audiences. 
  • Hosting an arts/humanities workshop, seminar or class.  
  • A film or video production or presentation. 
  • Other activities (to be determined by the Commission)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148547

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding requests should not exceed 50% of the estimated project cost or a maximum of $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Period of Coverage: For expense of projects for the following fiscal year, July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Organizations requesting support must be non-profit in nature and hold a tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must have been in existence for at least one year, with a Board of Directors and visible support from the community
- Applicant organizations must be registered in the City of Portsmouth or utilize grant funds entirely for projects to be carried out within the city or that directly impact citizens of Portsmouth.
- Applicant organizations must have a diverse Board of Directors from the region and are encouraged to provide evidence of support from the Portsmouth community.

The following activities are not eligible for funding from the Portsmouth Museum & Fine Arts Commission:
- Activities restricted to an organization’s membership
- Costs of parties, receptions, fund-raising benefits, etc.
- Activities that are primarily religious in nature
- Prizes and awards
- Non-artistic portions of festivals or community celebration events
- Pass through granting to other organizations
- Capital improvements, new construction
- Basic operating expenses such as rent and utilities, unless directly related to the arts project the organization is presenting.
- Gratuitous tickets

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 no later than 5:00 p.m.

Contact Information:

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

Submit Application to:
Portsmouth Museum & Fine Arts Commission
521 Middle Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Attention: Nancy S. Perry

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy S. Perry at 757-393-8983 or

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: City of Portsmouth


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