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Operating Support Grant

Grants to Virginia Arts Nonprofits in Eligible
Regions to Support General Operations

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Deadline Date:

02/26/20 Midnight


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Virginia arts nonprofits serving eligible communities to support general organizational operations. Funding is intended to assist organizations in maintaining and developing their services, programs, and facilities. Grants must support activities, programs, or projects occurring within Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, or the City of Falls Church.

ARTSFAIRFAX’s Operating Support program advances the arts in Fairfax County by supporting the organizational goals and objectives of the county’s arts institutions, helping them maintain and develop their programs, services, and facilities. Operating Support Grants seek to maintain organizational stability as a platform for the growth of the arts in Fairfax County. As ARTSFAIRFAX’s largest grant program, Operating Support generates recognition for a broad spectrum of the county’s cultural organizations.

Through the Operating Support Grant Program, ARTSFAIRFAX seeks:

  • To provide support for established arts organizations and the development of new organizations;
  • To encourage wide participation in the arts through diverse cultural programming available to all residents of Fairfax County;
  • To promote opportunities for individual artists and arts organizations of all disciplines to create, present, and celebrate their artistic endeavors;
  • To be a catalyst for increased private sector support for arts organizations through leveraged public funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165364

Estimated Size of Grant:

Operating Support Grant Program grants range from $500 to $50,000. An organization can request no more than 15% of their actual expenses as described on the Budget Form for the most recently completed fiscal year.

Term of Contract:

Generally, activities supported by Operating Support Grant Program grants may be carried out for one year, between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit arts organizations based in Fairfax County, the city of Fairfax, or the city of Falls Church are eligible to apply.

An organization is eligible to apply to the Operating Support Grant Program if it has as a core mission the creation, exhibition, presentation, production, or performance of and/or education in an arts discipline and operates as a stand-alone nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

For additional details about eligibility, see:

Operating Support Grant Program grants cannot be used for:

-Fundraising activities, such as capital campaigns or endowment campaigns;
-Construction or renovation projects;
-Political advocacy costs;
-Activities not open to the general public;
-Debt retirement;
-Pre-grant Costs;
-Proselytizing and promoting any one faith over another;
-Events that would be inappropriate for a diverse, multicultural and multigenerational audience.

Pre-Application Information:

January 14, 2020: Operating Support Grant Workshop.
February 26, 2020: Operating Support Grant application deadline.
May 12-14, 2020: Operating Support Grant panels.
August, 2020: Operating Support Grant announcement.
August, 2020: Final reports from organizations awarded FY 2020 Operating Support Grants are due.

Every Operating Support Grant Program grant requires a two-to-one match by the applicant.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Kimber Craine, Grants Manager b
(703) 642-0862, ext. 6

Arts Council of Fairfax County
2667 Prosperity Ave. Suite A
Fairfax, VA 22031

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church

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