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Performing Arts Touring Assistance - For Presenters

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools to Host Artists and Ensembles

GrantWatch ID#: 165054
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Virginia Commission for the Arts


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Grants starting at $100 to Virginia nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions to host presenting artists and ensembles. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis through the December 1 deadline. The goal of this program is to provide State residents with opportunities to experience high-quality performing arts events.

The touring activities are restricted to those listed in the Commission's annual Tour Directory. Grants are made to the presenter, not to the touring artist(s).

To be eligible for funding, performances must take place in Virginia but outside of the performer’s home base. Any activity underwritten with Commission touring assistance funds must be open to the public, and the presenter must provide community-wide publicity. Elementary and secondary schools, senior living facilities, correctional facilities, and hospitals are exempt from this Commission requirement.

Grant amounts are a minimum of $100.

All performances must take place in Virginia between July 1, 2016 and June 15, 2017. Applicants wishing to present artists between June 16-30, 2017, must apply in the next fiscal year.

Virginia not-for-profit organizations, units of local government, and educational institutions that meet the Basic Eligibility criteria listed in the 2016-2017 Online Guidelines for Funding are eligible to apply.

The Virginia Commission for the Arts awards grants to Virginia organizations which:

-Are not-for-profit and exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(a), which includes the 501(c)3 designation of the Internal Revenue code, or are units of government, or are educational institutions, or are local chapters of tax exempt national organizations;

-Produce, present, or support in Virginia, dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theater, visual, and related arts;

-Comply with Title VI, Section 601, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which states that no person, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

-Comply with Title IV, Section 1681, of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 6101, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex or age.

-Comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which state that no otherwise qualified person shall, solely by reason of his or her handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Touring assistance may not be used for fund-raising events.

The Commission will fund up to 50 percent of the performance fee for any touring program listed in the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory, subject to the overall limit for each touring artist/ensemble. Grant amounts are a minimum of $100.

Presenters (sponsors) should send completed applications and copies of the signed contracts to the Commission office between March 15, 2016, and December 1, 2016. Applications (including signed contracts) must be received at least four weeks prior to the scheduled event.

Award letters are generally mailed by the Commission two weeks after receipt of each completed application and contract.

The Commission awards touring support grants to presenters (sponsors) of a particular artist/ensemble on a first-come, first-served basis from that artist’s/ensemble’s allocation until December 1, 2016.

All organizations applying to the Virginia Commission for the Arts are required to provide a Virginia W-9. Do NOT submit a US Treasury W-9. Use the VA W-9 form from the attachments.

All applicants must include their DUNS number when applying for a grant. For more information, click here:

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

Cathy Welborn, Program Coordinator

Mail Completed Application to:

Virginia Commission for the Arts
1001 East Broad Street, Suite 330
Richmond, VA 23219


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