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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits to Support
Public Arts Projects in Eligible Regions

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City of Portsmouth - Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission

Deadline Date:

04/09/21 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Virginia nonprofit organizations to promote public arts and humanities projects in eligible regions. Funding areas of interest include performances, presentations, works of art, and workshops. Special consideration will be given to programs that serve diverse and underserved communities. Eligible organizations serve the City of Portsmouth.

Every Project Grant Application must have a direct relationship to a public-oriented activity such as: an 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. The program is designed to provide partial funding to eligible organizations to create and present their work, to develop new innovative programs or expand present ones, and to increase opportunities in the humanities and for visual and performing arts for all Portsmouth Citizens. 

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.

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:

For expense of projects for the fiscal year of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

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.

Ineligible Activities:
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: April 9, 2021 by 5:00 PM

Only applications that are received on or before the stated deadline will be reviewed and considered.

All attachments must be submitted in full to include organizational budgets, expenses, and financial disclosure in the formats requested in the guidelines.

The Commission will not accept faxed or e-mailed applications; original signatures are required.

Contact Information:

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

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

For questions, please contact Ms. Perry:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: City of Portsmouth


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