Fellowships of up to $5,000 to Virginia individuals to support achievements in the arts. Fellowships are awarded in different artistic disciplines each year. Funding is currently available to recognize excellence in printmaking and choreography. Applications will be evaluated on the following: consistent quality of the artist’s work, applicant’s record of professional arts activity and achievement as reflected in the application, and fellowship potential to result in significant advancement for the artist’s career.
- A legal resident who possesses a valid Virginia driver’s license and/or pays income taxes in Virginia and/or is a registered Virginia voter
- Artists who plan to remain a Virginia resident during the grant period
- Artists who are 18 years of age
The Virginia Commission for the Arts does not fund:
- Lobbying activities intended to influence a member of Congress or the General Assembly, to favor or oppose any legislation
- Activities restricted to an organization’s membership
- Expenses related to parties, receptions, fundraising events/benefits, etc.
- Endowments or capital campaigns
- Activities that are primarily religious in purpose
- College or university-based projects that are part of a required course or curriculum that do not involve and serve a significant non-student population, or that are for activities that are otherwise available in the community
- General operating support
Application Review/Payment Procedure
1. Applications are due October 2, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. EST.
2. Commission staff reviews the applications and sends them to members of the statewide Advisory Panel to review prior to the Advisory Panel meeting.
3. The Advisory Panel meets with two members of the Commission staff and a Commissioner and the panelists makes recommendations for Fellowship awards.
4. The Board of the Commission reviews the Advisory Panel recommendations and takes final action on the applications.
5. Applicants are notified of Commission action by email in late December.
6. Payment to the artists will be made by January 15, 2024. Fellowship awards are reported as taxable income.
Artists may receive only one fellowship from the Commission within any four-year period.